People have different opinions of what a good trip is like. Each traveler has a specific idea of the perfect trip in his/her head. Many people like to wander around in nature and breathe the fresh air in, while many love to go sight-seeing and visit different historical touristic spots. Some people travel to become acquainted with different cultures and traditions in different parts of the world, meet new people, make connections and foreign friends and try new things. Many travelers just need a change of the environment to relax and become energized for the start of a new week or a new year. Because of the difference in touristic preferences, in recent years, many different types of tourism have emerged and new models of tourism have been designed to suit various tastes, budgets and personal preferences. Some of these variations might sound unfamiliar and bizarre at first, but with a deeper look to each kind, you can see the goal behind each type and the entertainments and benefits it can have. You also realize the type of traveler you are by choosing a specific type of tourism this way, and can enjoy the most of your holidays on your next trip. In this section, you will be introduced to a very special type of tourism that is new, but highly entertaining and refreshing. You may notice that you have always wanted to try these activities, but never knew it yourself! Well, Iran Traveler Services is here to help you plan the perfect trip in Iran, based on your interests. In this article, Iran Traveler Services will introduce to you a very popular type of tourism: Ecotourism.
What Is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a very important and educational type of tourism. Attention to its importance in the world of traveling and tourism is vital to the survival of the ecosystem in the industrial and technological world of human beings. Its definition is traveling to untouched, undisturbed, pristine, fragile and relatively uncontaminated areas in nature, while sustaining and preserving the environment and wellbeing of local people and the same time, being educational for the travelers. It is not like the common mass tourism and has a low impact on the surroundings of the particular spot. Ecotourism is a type of tourism that is performed responsibly and respectful to the environment and its resources. Ecotourism supports the environment and also avoids putting pressure on the environment and the ecosystem, and the locals. Travelers must travel responsibly and try to conserve the wellbeing of the nature and the local people, avoiding any kind of damage.
Ecotourism is usually done by travelling to areas of cultural heritage, that are also significant for their mesmerizing flora and fauna, and the travelers usually get involved with the biotic components of the touristic spot, in order to fully appreciate the nature and cultural features
Ecotourism has certain principles to it that helps you understand its concept better. In this section we are going to mention these principles and discuss them for you. Ecotourism is basically a type of sustainable travel. And this is the backbone to any ecotourism activity. First and foremost you should remember to minimize physical, social, behavioral and psychological impact on your surrounding system. You should always try to have an awareness and respect for the culture and environment in order to provide a positive experience for yourself and the hosts. You must also try to spend some money on the local markets and private industries of the area you are visiting if possible. You should be respectful toward the rights and religious or spiritual beliefs of the society you are entering as a tourist and work in partnership to create empowerment and awareness toward their beliefs and their culture.
Ecotourism is one of the most beneficial, educating and valuable types of tourisms in the world. These features separates it from all other types, making it richer and more meaningful than the others. Here’s why:
Ecotourism is beneficial for the natural environment you are visiting as a tourist. It offers tourists insights on the impact human beings have on the ecosystem and the environment and therefore creates appreciation towards that environment. This respect leads to a rise of awareness for the appreciative ways of dealing with nature and conserving it for the next generations. It promotes different acts of preservation like recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creating local opportunities.
Ecotourism minimizes the negative aspects and impacts of the common and conventional tourism on the culture of local people and the natural environment.
Ecotourism helps the small industries and local markets of the touristic spots. Ecotourism is a powerful tool for increasing local capacity building and employment opportunities and also for the development of the local economics of the area. Empowering these local communities can decrease levels of poverty and lead to a sustainable development.
Ecotourism has another important role, as it offers effective economic incentives for the conservation and development of bio cultural diversity and it helps preserve local, regional and national cultural heritages and identities all around the globe.
Ecotourism as a personal experience is highly enriching and noble activity. Through this type of tourism, not only you can enjoy the sublime of the preserved nature and natural phenomenon, but also you will gain a great deal of valuable knowledge. A knowledge towards respecting and conserving the natural environment, and a knowledge towards different yet equally honorable cultures, societies, religions and attitudes.
Last but not least, as was mentioned before, ecotourism creates a sense of awareness, care and knowledge through experience and promotes understanding and appreciation towards the untouched and pristine nature, local society and local culture. Preserving these as great resources of human history and identity are crucial and can be done by participating in ecotourism.
Iran Traveler Services can help you achieve these goals by experiencing the most valuable kinds of ecotourism packages in the world.
Why Ecotourism in Iran?
Iran is one of the best countries to visit for participating in ecotourism and one of the most important reasons behind that is Iran’s ecosystem and climate. Iran has a variety of different climates from its northern cities to its southern parts. The temperature and climate difference and diversity of relatively close areas in Iran is wondrous and also has given Iran a great advantage for developing a tourism industry, especially in the area of ecotourism. From seas to dessert, and from jungles to rivers, Iran has got it all. Possessing various plant life and animal species, different nationalities and traditional cultures and thousands of miraculous natural wonders, Iran has great potential for ecotourism. Iran has one of the highest biodiversity amongst the countries in the world and is considered one of the best countries for ecotourism in the Middle East and also Asia.
Iran has 514 birds, 172 mammals, 199 reptiles, 20 amphibia, 173 fish and 9000 plant species, and possess a total of 131 protected areas, 91 natural reserves and 12 world heritage sites to visit as you take part in an ecotourism trip. Some of the most popular ecotourism activities you can experience while visiting Iran are going to the mountains, jungles, rivers, caves, lakes, deserts, wet lands and coasts, rural areas and villages. You can enjoy the pristine nature of these spots and in different villages, you can become familiar with different languages, cultures and historical heritages.
In below, Iran Traveler Services will briefly introduce to you some of the fabulous ecotourism destinations in Iran. Some of these places have an international popularity amongst experienced tourists all around the globe:
Maranjab Desert | Damavand Mount | Filband | Malek Bahman Waterfall | Abbas Abad Lake | Sisangan National Park | Hot Water Springs | Badame Surt | Matin Abad Eco Camp | Masuleh Village | Abyaneh Village | Kavir Desert | Lut Desert | Urmia Lake | Maharlu Pink Lake | Hamun Lake | Kandovan Village | Meymand Village | Palangan Village | Cloud Jungle
Is Ecotourism Suitable for You?
Iran Traveler Services recommends ecotourism to all the travel lovers. Water tourism and food tourism may be highly entertaining and new, and religious tourism may be very spiritually valuable, but ecotourism can change your perspective towards the sublime of natural phenomenon and renew your soul. Ecotourism usually appeals to environmentalists and advocates of social responsibility. People who want to try this type of tourism must be kind and respectful toward nature and be interested in preserving it for the future. You must love nature for what it is and be able to enjoy it without any type of unnecessary technology. You must be able to endure hardship and actually enjoy the hardships you might face in the untouched nature. You must also be a fan of new cultures and traditions, and if not, at least be respectful towards the local communities. You must also have an interest in trying the products of local markets and be willing to help their industry by spending your money in the little local shops. If you get excited reading about these activities, this is the right type of tourism for you, and Iran Traveler Services has several exciting and educating ecotourism packages for you.