Friday, October 3, 2008

Eco-tourism in Tulum Mexico

When looking at the stats of people reading our blog on ecotourism and green hotels, we saw how Mexico and Tulum in particular were being watched and read ... a bit more research on the subject brought the following article on Tulum, Mexico and Eco tourism from Ellena Piccini.

She explained there why Mexico is so popular with ecotourists:

"All the states of Mexico differ greatly from each other, and not; Mexico is unimaginable places, secular trees, lush jungle, plants and flowers, thousand of animals of every kind and biodiversity, immense beaches, red hot sunsets, volcanoes, mountains, lowlands, islands and paradisiacal spots, music, history, colors, perfumes, flavors and tastes that you just can't easily forget.
Biologists call Mexico a "mega-diversity country" because of its incredible variety and abundance of flora and fauna. The country is home to almost every kind of ecological habitat on Earth, making it the perfect destination for travelers interested in nature and the environment.
That's why it's so famous and so important for the world tourism."

And it is trus that Ecotourism is growing there :

" Over the last few years, the ecotourism concept's popularity has blossomed and travelers that want to enjoy an Eco Mexico Vacation have different options to choose from.
Ecotourism means different things to different people. Sometimes, the word "Ecotourism" looses its true meaning because of misinterpretation and/or abuse of it.
Ecotourism is about conserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people. Eco tourism is generally understood to be responsible and sustainable travel to natural areas.
An ecotourism travel should mean minimizes negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, natural and human heritage. It also means to respects culture and traditions."

Some of Mexico Eco Tourism Destinations are listed by Ellena:

Tulum Riviera Maya
In the extreme south of the Riviera Maya, curled up between the white sand that draws the crystalline beaches of the Caribbean Sea and the exuberant tropical forest laysthe enigmatic Tulum. Eco tourism is hot and many travelers experience the novelty of these rustic hotels in Tulum Mexico. When a person thinks about ecotourism hotels in Mexico, associates the idea of something uncomfortable, sacrificing and unclean but this is not the truth. The small Tulum hotels found here focus mainly on ecotourism and sustainable development, and promote nature. Most of the hotels in Tulum use Aeolian and solar energy, cisterns for rain-water and most of them are involved in the beaches' conservation and in the animals protection.
Tulum is one bastion against overdevelopment, a glimpse of the Yucatan as it once was.
The spectacular Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve offers a great chance to enjoy the real wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Isla Hol Box Mexico
Nature, comfort and style is the perfect combination for your stay in Holbox Island. Beneath blue skies and palm trees, lulled by the sound of the waves and the scent of hibiscus, discover Mexican paradise at Hol Box Island. HolBox is full of nature and unexplored areas with colorful birds, wild dolphins and whale sharks, and it is where the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico meet. Holbox Island is still a paradise waiting to be discovered. It's a very picturesque island with a typical fishermen village and several miles of white sand beaches that disappear into mangroves.
Each year the harmless whale sharks mammals come to the Yum Balam ecological reserve near Holbox Island to feed and mate in the months of May through October.
Places like Hol Box Island make us understand why we have to take care about the environment and respect nature!

Mexico Eco Tours and other destinations
Wildlife viewing is a part of the ecotourism travel philosophy; in fact, in some Mexican destinations you will experience some eco tours throughout Mexico. Some of these activities include Mexico rain forest tours, bird watching, river tours, jungle treks, nature walks, sightseeing, and much more.
The ecotourism attractions means watching the flora and the fauna in their habitat without modifying the natural balance, or visiting Eco parks involved in environment protection and regeneration programs.
Ecotours are daily activities and excursions for exploring the different sight of this amazing Country, and are all focused on nature watching.

The following is a list of eco activities and Mexico Eco Tours in different Mexican Spots:
Los Cabos Eco Tours
Monster Zips
Outdoor Adventures
Puerto Vallarta Eco Adventures
Marietas Snorkeling
Wonderful Waterfall Ride
Yelapa and Majahuitas
Riviera Maya Ecotours
Coba - Mayan Encounter
Contoy Island Kolumbus Tours
Nohoch Jungle Crossing
Xel Ha

Other important Mexican Ecotourism Destinations are:

Chiapas Mexico
Chiapas is a magical Mexican state with outstanding natural resources and abundant biodiversity...

Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca, known as "Tierra del Sol" or "Land of the Sun," is a large, rambling state blessed with mountains, lakes, and miles of beautiful Pacific coastline.

Copper Canyon
In the Chihuahua State, Copper Canyon is ideal Eco and Cultural Tourism, it is an isolated area that pay respect to Mother Nature. The Land of the Tarahumara Indians

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, on the "Mexican Riviera" are considered two resorts in one. Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring the wonders of nature that abound in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo tropical paradise.
"Eco tourism is the marriage of an altruistic mission to an economic model! The union of mission and model produces sustainable tourism which is critical to providing hope for many species and ecosystems throughout the world. Encouraging and promoting responsible capitalism is essential if we are to maintain a viable, biologically diverse planet in the future." - Bill Wright -
Not only will you make a contribution to other people's lives, you might just change your own.

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