Ecotourism

Tourist destinations at risk


Glaciers have been hit hard by climate changes but the global population seems not to notice it. The speech changes as to suffer the damage of climate changes are the natural resources that for years have hosted tourists from all over the world. These are naturalistic gems, the most popular destinations inecotourism.

It seems that the natural resources of the globe are losing the battle against climate changes and tourism itself aggravates their condition! How is it possible? Visitors do not always have a positive impact on the territory, indeed, this only happens when the tourist truly travels in an ethical way. Irresponsible tourism that facilitates i climate changes, but also civil wars and exploitation, these are the factors that are ruining some of the most important goals ofecotourism. Let's see some examples:

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The importance of these islands is historical, just think that Charles Darwin wrote his books inspired by the observations made on these islands. The Galapagos are islands of volcanic origin located off the coast of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. They are famous for their wealth in biodiversity. It is home to a large variety of plant and animal species. Unfortunately, with over 150,000 visitors a year, native species are under a growing threat. In addition, the tourism industry has imported non-native species to the islands, the introduction of new species into the natural habitat of the islands brings an additional threat to the life of local wildlife.

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Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. This National Park is considered a naturalistic gem of the globe. An exceptional destination for those who want to do ecotourism or better, nature tourism. Yes, because ecotourism involves low-impact trips while usually those who practice nature tourism he is only interested in having an excellent camera in his bag and has no qualms about traveling in a gip among deserted lands or financing the underworld with his trip. Virunga National Park is the oldest in Africa. With its 7800 square kilometers, it is home to nearly 800 mountain gorillas. Unfortunately, wildlife, including gorillas, have suffered severe damage from the civil war, poachers and forest rangers themselves. The responsible tourism it should minimize the negative impact but unfortunately there are dire consequences.

Belize. We have already told you about Belize, counting it among the most romantic tourist destinations. Each year, the nature tourism attracts tens of thousands of visitors. They come above all to observe the largest coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere (the second largest in the world). Tourists come to visit the coastal lagoons, white sand, coral islands, and mangrove forests. Unfortunately, the great variety of plant and marine life is threatened, as evidenced by endangered species such as the manatee, the sea turtle and the American crocodile.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. If Belize is in second place, the barrier Reef Australian is the largest in the world. With its 2000 kilometers it hosts hundreds of aquatic species. It is located off the coast of Queensland, includes many types of coral and seven species of sea turtles, endangered species, can be observed. In addition, due to the agricultural and mining runoff that drains into the sea, the barrier Reef is under constant threat.

Machu Pichu, in Peru. Machu Pichu is one of the main archaeological and cultural sites in Latin America. It is a famous tourist destination. In the ruins of Machu Pichu there is the beauty of an ancient city of the Inca Empire. Machu Pichu is located 2,430 meters above sea level, immersed in a tropical forest in the Peruvian Andes. Unfortunately, the entire area is at risk due to increasing urban development: urban development is a response to tourist incoming.

edited by Anna De Simone

In the photo, Machu Pichu, Peru. Photo Credits | beautifulplacestovisit.com


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