Why is Ecotourism and Sustainable Travel Important?

Transformational travel Posted on 03/25/2021

Ecotourism and sustainable travel are not only important because they preserve the environment but because both also help to develop small economies. Find out how it works and why you should be practicing sustainable and ecotourism travel for your next trip!

1. What is sustainable and ecotourism?

Ecotourism is a relatively new concept whose importance resides, mainly, in that it encompasses an ecological, ethical and sustainable tourism, which seeks the minimum negative impacts on the natural landscapes and the population of nearby towns.

2. Which is a sustainable practice?

Ecotourism is the tourist activity that does not modify or alter the development of the environment and does not harm nature. That is to say, it is a type of sustainable tourism, compatible with ecology and whose objective is sustainable development; a development that can be maintained for a long time without depleting natural resources or causing serious damage to the environment.

Ecotourism helps the local economies to develop and to preserve nature

3. Why is ecotourism important?

Tourism has the potential to create beneficial effects on the environment, by contributing to its protection and conservation. In this way, an awareness is created in favor of environmental values that can serve as a tool to finance the protection of natural areas and to increase their economic importance.

Among the many advantages that this type of tourism entails, we find the preservation of the habitat – minimizing the physical and social impacts -, the use of sustainable sources for any type of construction, the development of an environmental and cultural awareness in the citizens, the involvement dignity of the local population and its translation as a source of income.

Iguazu Falls - Wildlife

4. How do tourists affect the environment?

Travel and tourism can have very negative consequences and cause a great environmental, social and economic impact. For example:

  • The excessive accumulation of garbage in tourist areas alters the vegetation. 
  • The intentional felling of trees to build tourist areas is clearly one of the most harmful impacts, as it is associated with the destruction of the habitat of many species.
  • The architectural pollution (the increasing amount of buildings in natural environments) and the loss of landscape quality.

The quality of the environment – both natural and artificial – is essential for tourism. However, the relationship between tourism and the environment is complex and involves many activities that can have adverse environmental effects and must be regulated.

Ecocamp, sustainable camping site in Patagonia.

5. Sustainable and ecotourism as economic tools

Ecotourism and sustainable travel consider the present and future effects in order to meet the needs of visitors and generate income and employment, but causing a low impact on the social environment and the environment that this tourism receives.

Solidarity tourism

From sustainable tourism comes another related term, solidarity tourism. This tourism is one that considers a way of traveling that is based on the respect of those travelers who make tourism towards other people and places they visit. In addition, these tourists contribute to the economy of the place through the use of accommodations that are located in places managed by that community, as well as visiting and collaborating in solidarity projects that are developed in the area and the purchase of local produce.

Jujuy and Salta - Cultural trip

6. Say Hueque Beyond Sustainable Project

Since 2021 Say Hueque has partnered with Reforest Argentina and now every traveler can plant a tree!. You can do it while traveling. The purpose of this project is to help native species spread. Also, contribute to the offset of your carbon footprint during your trip. We prioritize local entrepreneurs and operators to work with, and promote a 0% tolerance of single use plastic on our trips. 

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