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Eco-tourism In Guatemala

Guatemala is a nature lover's dream location, with virgin jungles, shimmering lakes, over three-dozen towering volcanoes, and a myriad of flora and fauna. There are over 18 ecosystems here waiting to be explored: however, in order to keep things in balance, it is important to make your best effort to have a minimal impact on your environment.

Conventional tourism can have ecological and social downsides: many hotels and tour companies do not respect the cultural and natural heritage of their surroundings. From recycling and conserving water to using local labor and building materials, it is important to research the places you stay and decide whether or not those businesses and organizations are having a negative impact on the local environment.

The principles of eco-tourism are simple: minimize impact, built cultural awareness and empower local people. From the ruins of Tikal to the flora and fauna of the rainforest, there is a lot worth protecting in Guatemala. Always be aware of the influences you have on your surroundings, including both the natural and cultural richness of Guatemala.

Right now, Guatemala is in a unique position to become one of the leading eco-tourism destinations in the world. To save the country's natural treasures for future generations, travelers must only support businesses that have minimal impact on their environment. In an ideal Guatemala, a good eco-tourist should be able to travel around Guatemala with appreciation for their surroundings, and leave feeling inspired about their experiences.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Flora and Fauna,

12 Aug 2010

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