Ecotourism is a form of tourism intended to be a low-impact and mostly small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism.

It typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions, educating visitors in respect to socially responsible travel, personal growth and environmental sustainability and offers insights into the impact of humans and their activities on the environment with the intention foster a greater appreciation of natural habitats and ecological reserves.

Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional (mass) tourism on the environment and that enhance the cultural integrity of local people through the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources and creation of economic opportunities for local communities. Furthermore it may provide funds for ecological conservation, directly benefit the development and political empowerment of local communities or facilitate the respect for different cultures and human rights.

A more detailled description of Ecotourism can be found on the following page of Wikipedia (Ecotourism).

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