Celebrated as the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon is one of the most important natural habitats on Earth. With a new types of flora or fauna discovered every three days, huge numbers of endemic wildlife and boasting one tenth of all known species in the world, the Amazon is a hive of activity for nature enthusiasts. Witness the phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters on a river cruise, spend an evening at the iconic Manaus Opera House, or swim with freshwater dolphins on a jungle tour on an unforgettable trip to the Amazon.
All around the world, people are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to travel responsibly. While the tourism industry plays an important role in generating income in some of the more remote corners of the world, it also has a responsibility to help conserve our amazing natural surroundings. To enable you to support sustainable tourism, we've collected together a few of our favourite properties with strong eco credentials.
The Highlands Camp, Tanzania
Tucked into the forest in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Highlands is comprised of eight elegant dome-shaped suites which seamlessly combine glass and canvas. The definition of eco-chic, the camp uses state-of-the-art technology to minimise its footprint, including a full solar plant and rainwater collection. The camp also works closely with the local community and supports Ochaniomelok Primary School.
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, India
Located on the edge of Satpura National Park, Reni Pani is an intimate jungle lodge offering a comfortable base from which to go in search of tigers. Rated as 'outstanding' by TOFTigers for its commitment to long-term sustainability, Reni Pani plays an active role in restoration of the forest and its wildlife, as well as spreading awareness on the importance of conservation and supporting the local community.
Patagonia Camp, Chile
Located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Camp offers the ultimate glamping experience. 20 luxury yurts are connected by wooden walkways that weave through the forest, blending in seamlessly with their surroundings. The camp prides itself on respecting the natural environment and has implemented a number of sustainability measures, including filtering its own water from nearby rivers and lakes and reducing its CO2 emissions.
Jaya House River Park, Cambodia
When we think of eco-friendly properties we mostly picture remote lodges in the middle of the wilderness, but it's just as important for city centre hotels to reduce their impact on the environment. Jaya House River Park in Siem Reap is a leading force in the city's 'Refill Not Landfill' campaign, which aims to reduce the use of plastic water bottles by tourists. In addition, Jaya House supports a number of local NGOs and other community efforts.
Saruni Rhino, Kenya
Saruni Rhino is an intimate lodge in northern Kenya's Sera Community Conservancy. Offering the first black rhino tracking experience of its kind in Kenya, guests will head out with an expert guide and highly trained ranger to locate the rhinos on a thrilling walking safari. Saruni Rhino has pioneered one of Kenya's most advanced conservation projects to date, and is having a hugely positive effect on the country's black rhino population.
El Remanso Lodge, Costa Rica
Nestled in the rainforest in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, El Remanso is a small, owner-run eco-lodge where guests can watch monkeys leaping between trees from the comfort of their deck. El Remanso strives to minimise its impact on the environment by relying 100% on renewable energies, using pure water from two springs in the reserve, and being part of the National Wildlife Refuge which protects the biological corridor of Corcovado National Park.