For a lot of people, ecotourism goes hand in hand with adventure travel. However, not all adventure travel is good for the environment or surrounding communities. Fortunately, travelers who want to feel good about how they're impacting the planet, no matter where they're exploring, can rest easy knowing that adventure travel is slowly but surely embracing the fundamentals of ecotourism.
“For a very long time, the adventure world was about having fun, making money, and providing clients with some great party stories,” notes Glenn Jampol, the owner of the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, a celebrated Costa Rican ecolodge, and chair of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN), a new organization providing advocacy and thought leadership in ecotourism. Now many people “are working toward bridging the gap between adventure and ecotourism.”