eco-tourism

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart is a growing social enterprise with big ideas. Design is nearly complete on Greenheart’s first innovation: a new class of sustainable, low-cost, zero-emission sail/solar-powered ship

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Costa Rica’s Breathtaking Lapa Rios Eco Resort is Powered by Pig Waste

Costa Rica’s Breathtaking Lapa Rios Eco Resort is Powered by Pig Waste

Guests of the resort have the option of enjoying a full sustainability tour of the facilities, including the pig poop feces bio-gas-powered kitchen. The hotel recycles more than 80 percent of the waste

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Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

The designer, whose work is focused mostly on functionality and the spatial experiences of users, envisioned the Arjan Sauna as a minimalist space that has a small porch overlooking the surrounding

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How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

Ms. Hess says the tree draws scores of tourists, especially on the weekends. "I once met some people who traveled all the way from Alabama to Indiana just to spot the tree on top of the roof," she

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Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

1. Food This is an obvious one, but conscientious and green-minded consumers won't want to settle for any old food on the road. Unless you plan ahead, you'll end up eating at Starbucks and Chipotle

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful protected territories in the United States, the 111.2-square-mile glacially-carved Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore boasts incredible splendor: long, winding

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Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

This unique Kenyan sanctuary stands on a 12-acre section of private land immersed in 140 acres of indigenous forest. The ivy-covered mansion turned hotel can accommodate guests in a luxurious

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Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

The eco hotel is located on roughly 100 hectares of the Encuentro Guadalupe development outside of Ensenada, which also includes a residential area and a winery. The hotel is made up of 20 EcoLofts, which

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Locals in the remote Nordic district of Lista called upon TYIN Tegnestue to create an architectural piece that would attract visitors and potential investors to the area. So with the help of architecture

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$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

The cave, dubbed Son Doong Cave (Hang Son Doong in Vietnamese), which means mountain river cave, is located in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. A local farmer stumbled on the cave in 1991, but he

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

N55's Walking House Danish experimental studio N55 designed a modular self-sufficient home that can walk. The Walking House is a sustainable living unit complete with solar panels, micro windmills, and a

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ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

Designed for a remote campsite in Yang-Pyeong, ArchiWorkshop's "Glamping for Glampers" tents come in two distinctive shapes. One is a long, curving form that easily adapts to rough terrain. This tent's

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Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

The camp is located on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara reserve, which was once divided into individual freehold titles among local Maasai families. However, due to the location and size of the

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Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's famous ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, the mountain has seen a flood of climbers looking to follow in their icy tracks. While the influx of foreigners has led

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Amazing Tiny Treehouse Boasts the World’s Wildest Swing 8,350 Feet Above Sea Level!

Amazing Tiny Treehouse Boasts the World’s Wildest Swing 8,350 Feet Above Sea Level!

The Crazy Swing at La Casa del Arbol can be reach by hiking up the path to Bellavista from the edge of Baños, Ecuador. It sits in between Cordillera Real and has incredible views of the active

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

Campers, hikers, and climbers should all follow a "Leave No Trace" approach when exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately for Mt. Everest, a lack of this ethic has resulted in the famous peak being

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

The garage is situated on an old farm that was once part of a nearby castle in Zdislavice. After World War II, the estate was nationalized and severely damaged. Two main barns were completely demolished

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Incredible 1,400-Year-Old Angel Oak Tree is the Oldest East of the Mississippi

Incredible 1,400-Year-Old Angel Oak Tree is the Oldest East of the Mississippi

A Southern live oak named after the people who used to own the property on which the tree stands, Angel Oak was most likely a robust sapling more than 1,000 years before the Mayflower landed in Cape Cod,

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E’terra Samara is an Amazing Treehouse Retreat Designed for the Forests of Canada

E’terra Samara is an Amazing Treehouse Retreat Designed for the Forests of Canada

E’terra Samara is a five-star eco resort designed by Farrow Partnership studio that consists of twelve treehouse villas sensitively nestled into Canada's Bruce Peninsula forest, which is listed as a

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Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

The Heart of the District welcomes visitors with a new type of space that encourages curious tourists and locals to come in and explore. Rather than a private, guests-only model that most hotels are

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN, NORWAY SKIPARK 360,

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Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

The charming eco resort is located at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in the Swiss Alps and features 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts. Guests are encouraged to explore the mountain

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