Green tourism destinations: Vietnam, Peru and more

by Juan José Herranz | May 12, 2020
lama in green mountains

Which are the best green tourism destinations for 2020? Green tourism is a relatively new form of tourism that has developed significantly in recent years. It is a trend born from the combination of tourism and sustainable development, an ecological alternative based on the protection of natural resources.

It is a concept that contributes to the development of rural communities, the preservation of the environment and the conservation of our planet's natural and cultural heritage. In addition, the growth of this type of tourism has led to the creation of countless economic opportunities in different areas of the world and has enabled travellers to use energy in an eco-friendly way or even to recycle the generated waste. 

Another positive aspect of green tourism is that it allows you to have a more direct and real contact with the environment. This way of travelling gives you the opportunity to get away from the big tourist cities and to disconnect from your routin.

If you are a nature lover and would like to opt for a greener option for your next holiday, have a look at our top 7 green tourism destinations:

Vietnam, the land of dreams

Vietnam is a huge country with an intense culture and a refined cuisine. The country is home to beautiful natural landscapes, unspoiled islets and villages that are well worth a visit. In the Cat Tien National Park, you will find botanical gardens and a multitude of protected animal species, making it a paradise for wildlife lovers.

Likewise, the central province of Quang Binh is an almost impenetrable jungle wilderness, also famous for its waterfalls and hiking trails. Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays are another must-see stop on your trip to Vietnam where you can board dream cruises to explore the limestone islands.

rice fields in Vietnam

Myanmar, mysterious and long overlooked

Known mainly as Burma, Myanmar is an incredible destination where you can take a deep breath of fresh air, enjoy the silence of the mountains, and explore vast green spaces that will leave you speechless.

Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is ideal for green tourism lovers. We recommend you to visit Kalaw, a mountain village known to be one of the most beautiful places to hike in the world. You can spend a few days in a local house and discover the Inle Lake, the second largest one of the country.

Cambodia, the enchanting kingdom

Cambodia is a welcoming destination that offers many places to discover thanks to its beautiful scenery and unique culture. In Cambodia, you can explore the jungle riding an elephant's back, bask on the pristine beaches or discover the breathtaking waterfalls and native species in its national parks. 

Cambodia is home to the Cardamom Mountains, the largest unexplored rainforest in Southeast Asia. This is a real opportunity for any adventurous traveller who wants to visit the region and discover its insects, snakes and spiders.

Ivory Coast, a destination for all tastes

The country has a mixture of very contrasting landscapes and cultures. Côte d'Ivoire is a tropical paradise and will allow you to embark on all kinds of adventures

The south and centre of the country are full of plantations, forests and natural parks. In the north of the Ivory Coast, you will discover high mountains, while the west of the country is home to forests inhabited by chimpanzees, the city of Man and the highest peak in West Africa, Mount Nimba. The east of the country is dedicated to vast cocoa and banana plantations.

elephants in a prairie in Ivory Coast

Tanzania, a natural wonder of Africa

If you are looking for a destination full of adventure, choose Tanzania. This African country is the largest in Southern Africa and it is the best destination to participate in one of the most spectacular safaris in Africa. You can also discover a multitude of tribes and heavenly beaches, especially the exotic island of Zanzibar. 

It is also there where you can climb the highest peak in Africa: Kilimanjaro, one of the most famous mountains in the world. Tanzania's wildlife is the most impressive attraction, but its lush landscape deserve the same attention.

The main attraction is the Serengeti National Park. It's one of the best preserved ecosystems in Africa. There you can discover up to 400 different species of wildlife, such as lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards that live in their natural habitats.

Ecuador, diversity in its purest form

Ecuador has some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet. The country has countless national parks and biological and marine reserves. The Republic of Ecuador is relatively small, although it has a vast and unparalleled cultural and natural heritage. The diversity of its regions has fostered the development of hundreds of thousands of species. 

The Pacific coast has some of the most stunning beaches in the country, while the Andean Mountain Range is home to some of the most spectacular volcanoes in the world. The Ecuadorian Amazon is also home to many indigenous tribes. Finally, you can visit the Galapagos Islands, whose biodiversity attracts about 200,000 tourists a year.

Peru, a biodiversity paradise

Peru stands out for its natural beauty and unique regions. Among others, we recommend Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and Tambopata, a national reserve considered a true natural paradise. The richness of its biodiversity is incalculable and its landscapes are a spectacle not to be missed. Finally, let us also mention Machu Picchu, declared a World Heritage Site, which is undoubtedly Peru's greatest attraction.

As in Ecuador, the Amazon rainforest is ideal for adventurers wishing to immerse themselves more deeply in nature. Jungle hostels allow you to explore protected natural areas, such as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This is your chance to discover unique flora and fauna and meet the Amazonian Aborigines.