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World's most eco-friendly holiday destinations
  • What to do? Stretch your legs with a night hike through the rainforest after dark or community tours where you mix with the locals. Interested in the local culture? Travellers can also learn about coffee, cocoa and banana production too.

    Where to stay? The Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and La Leona Eco Lodge are passionate about conservation.

  • What to do? Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station – the national park is home to many native species’ including the giant tortoises which have made the islands famous. Elsewhere there are lagoons, forests and beaches to explore.

    Where to stay? Stay offshore with Ecoventura. They rent out yachts, so you can admire the local wildlife from a safe distance.

  • What to do? The rainforest offers a number of eco-friendly activities. Explore the area by river boat, meet the wildlife on a jungle hike or meet the various tribes in the area. Don't miss the spectacular Kiulu Valley, also known as the ‘valley of the mist’.

    Where to stay? Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the heart of the rainforest or the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, a tree house among the monkeys. 

  • What to do? Take on the Inca Trail and you'll have the chance to marvel at the flawless architecture of Machu Picchu. If you'lre looking for something a little more high octane, how about river rafting through the Manu jungle!

    Where to stay? Get away from city life at the Tambopata Ecolodge or have the best of both worlds at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

  • What to do? In Patagonia you can get up close and personal with everything from seals and penguins to dolphins and whales. Or why not take in the view with horse rides, river hikes and walks up the Andes mountains. The Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve known as one of the most unspoiled places on earth, explore its beauty with one of the many multi-day treks on offer.

    Where to stay? EcoCamp Patagonia blends in with the natural habitat and is the world's first geodesic hotel.

  • What to do? There's really something for every type of traveller in Bhutan. You can trek through the Himalayan mountains, enjoy local cuisine or visit any of the numerous villages you come across. The Bhutanese are known for being friendly people, so why not let them teach you about their fascinating culture.

    Where to stay? Take advantage of the community lifestyle and openness of the people and stay in a local villager's home.

  • What to do? The country's capital, Ljubljana, was named European Green Capital for 2016 and the country has plenty of meadows, forests, mountains and lakes on offer for outdoor enthusiasts. Plenty of local farms also offer work shops and classes in local traditions.

    Where to stay? Snovik Spa is the highest lying spa in Slovenia and perfect to getaway from the hustle and bustle. There are also a number of ecological tourist farms which are another great option.

  • What to do? Botswana and Zambia offer plenty of safari tours that are designed to help protect wildlife and give profits to local communities. Not only will you see fascinating wildlife but you'll have the chance to experience the communities' culture and food.

    Where to stay? Be aware a lot of safari camps aren't always as green as they claim. The Delta Camp in Botswana however, comes highly recommended.

  • What to do? If you're visiting New Zealand get your walking boots on and discover the endless volcanic plateaus with stunning views. Or take to the high seas and watch the native wildlife, including whales, dolphins and seals.

    Where to stay? The Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage is nestled in 70 acres of land with spectacular views over the Tasman Bay.

  • What to do? Vietnam is home to stunning landscapes including idyllic beaches, national parks, coral reef ecosystems and Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon which is one of the biggest in the world. Or why not bask in the natural beauty of the country with a kayaking session in Ha Long Bay.

    Where to stay? The Topas Ecolodge sits on a hilltop deep in the mountains of the Hoang Lien National Park. The bungalow offer stunning views over the peaks and valleys and are the perfect base for hiking and biking enthusiasts.