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Ecotourism in Colombia

By the end of 2007 the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism reported approximately 1,260,000 tourists visited Colombia in that year, a major improvement in the industry. Colombia hopes to attract four million international tourists in 2014.


Colombia is a multifaceted nation that offers visitors a wide range of ecotourism options. Under Colombian law, ecotourism is defined as a specialized way of tourism developed in areas with a unique natural attractions and that fits within parameters of sustainable human development. Ultimately, ecotourism looks to entertain and educate the visitor through observation and study of natural resources and cultural aspects related a place.


The Natural National Parks System has 24 areas with an ecotourism vocation and activities that respect nature and show visitors unique fauna and flora. Many of these places have campgrounds, restaurants, information centers, trails and other facilities. Ecotourism is an important tool to strengthen the park system, because it generates financial resources through concessions, services and fees, allowing redistribution throughout the entire system.


Though controlled ecotourism can represent an improvement in the life of people living in unique areas, it is essential to consider some places are not willing nor meant to be exposed to any kind of tourism. Don’t push yourself into people’s homes or privacy, and don’t trespass limits of trails in parks. Colombia has an organized way of ecotourism and looks to conserve its natural areas and sanctuaries. Taking advantage of the opportunities available will expose you to a variety of valuable sights and activities, in addition to allowing you to help with your contributions to maintain the parks and communities.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: Keeping in Touch, When to go to El Valle, Málaga Holidays and Fiestas, A Quick Bolo Primer, Safety, When to go, Nightlife, Holidays and Festivals, Chocó Highlights and When to Go.

27 Sep 2011

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