ecoDestinations - Central America and the Caribbean

ecoDestinations - Central America and the Caribbean


Ecotourism in Central America

Ecotourism in Central AmericaCentral America is part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, which spans most of the region encompassing all subtropical and tropical ecosystems from central Mexico to the Panama Canal, and is home to 7% of the world's biodiversity. Many areas in the Central American states of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama are popular ecotourism destinations, offering a wide range of cultural experiences, eco-friendly accommodations, adventure opportunities, and community based tours. The region's abundance of flora and fauna, as well as the diverse landscapes including tropical rain forests and active volcanoes, provide unique wildlife encounters, and great opportunities for learning about and experiencing examples of effective parks and protected areas management practices.

Ecotourism in the Caribbean

ecoDestinations - Central America & the Caribbean Daydreaming of the Caribbean typically leads to images of being enveloped in crystalline, azure waters, surrounded by blue skies, lush green forests, and a symphony of mingling accents, animal chatter, and island rhythms. Named after the Carib Indigenous people, the Caribbean region consists of over 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays framed by the Gulf of Mexico, North, South and Central America. A biodiversity hotspot, the Caribbean supports a range of rich ecosystems, many of which are threatened. In ecotourism terms, it's up for debate whether the glass is half full or empty. It remains true that the region is under-funded, and has been negatively impacted by mass tourism. However, lesser developed islands remain largely unspoiled, and remote locations have demanded sustainable-practices, like rainwater collection, for many years.


Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is also en route to becoming the first carbon neutral country by 2021. The famous vow by the Costa Rican government, delivered in 2007, to become the first carbon neutral destination, raised the standard yet again for the global ecotourism community. ecoDestinations Costa Rica



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