5 Green Destinations

5 Sustainable Travel Destinations Worldwide

In the spirit of Earth Day, we have looked at some of the eco-friendliest destinations worldwide. As you can imagine, there are numerous places that are truly serene and magical thanks to its governments’ and peoples’ devoted efforts to protect its landscape and wildlife and keep it as untouched as possible. Some destinations go above and beyond to make a difference and preserve their natural beauty and biodiversity.

Since eco-tourism is such an important aspect of what we, at Tzell Travel Group, do every day, we want to inspire travelers to their next eco-conscious vacation by sharing five of our favorite unbelievably green destinations along with hotel recommendations that will ease your mind knowing you have taken a big step toward helping our beautiful planet without having to sacrifice a luxurious travel experience. Our five favorites include Cost Rica, Japan, Italy, Nicaragua, and Peru.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is so green and carbon negative, which means its carbon emission is reduced to less than neutral and it is removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere instead of adding it. Many steps are involved in achieving this status, a few include planting trees, generating green energy, and improving energy efficiency. When you visit Cost Rica, you will notice quickly that the environment is a number one priority. You can immerse yourself in nature and find many hotels and resorts that are built around it without harming it but maintaining its natural space.

One of those resorts is the stunning and exotic Andaz Papagayo, designed with a fresh, modern feel and, most importantly, the local flora and fauna in mind. Offering a truly unique experience it is simply perfect for responsible travelers looking for a secluded retreat that also provides them with luxury and fine dining all while being sustainable. The resort shows its commitment to environmental sustainability through holding the highest level in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism through the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Enjoy a vivacious hotel experience that integrates its local culture and offers local and creative cuisine.

Japan

Amanemu: Ancient pilgrimage routes wind through forests nearby, and Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines are within easy reach. Lying south of Tokyo on 341 acres, two hours by train from Nagoya or 25 minutes by private helicopter, Amanemu embraces a classic Japanese aesthetic to provide an exclusive sanctuary that feels at one with nature. The resort’s proximity to the UNESCO-protected pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodo and the revered Shinto shrine of Ise Jingu, first erected by Emperor Temmu in the late 600s, have inspired much of its design and peaceful ambience. The benefits of onsen can also be enjoyed in each of Amanemu’s 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas. All feature a private plunge-bath supplied with water from the same natural hot springs as the Aman Spa. Identical in layout and design, Amanemu’s 99-square-metre suites present combined bedroom and living areas with woven textile shutters opening to embrace the outdoors. Expansive decks offer outdoor living areas and beautiful views. The four two-bedroom villas offer similar views and layouts to the suites, with additional living space. The Mori Villa overlooks a verdant private garden with peaceful greenery all around. Living areas and bedroom pavilions open onto expansive verandas offering daybeds and an alfresco dining area. The two Sora Villas overlook their own private gardens with partial sea views. The Nagi Villa, close to the shore, commands panoramic views of Ago Bay’s verdant islets and pearl rafts. Situated in a region renowned for its gourmet heritage, from outstanding seafood to the renowned Matsusaka beef, Amanemu presents two restaurants celebrating this local abundance. The area was once known as Miketsukuni (Land of Imperial provisions) when it served as the breadbasket of the ancient Imperial Court. Aside from exceptional facilities, including a private marina club, bar, library and boutique, Amanemu offers bespoke Aman Journeys, seeking out the cultural nuances and finest experiences of the region, and sharing these with its guests.

Amanemu

Italy

In Italy, responsible travelers get to travel right as the country upholds high standards when it comes to eco- tourism and sustainable practices. Through energy conservation, recycling, and overall cutting waste and pollution, particularly highly popular tourist regions are making genuine attempts to reduce their carbon footprint.  Take the Dolomites as a great example, here during the day you can see only cable cars and methane-powered buses as means of transportation and most hotels compete for green credibility and primarily locally sourced food promoting traditional produce and encouraging agritourism and local businesses.

Only a few hours from the Dolomites right by Lake Garda, you can stay at a resort that has been the first Italian company within the travel and tourism industry to collaborate projects aimed at neutralization of CO2 emissions with the Ministry of the Environment: Lefay Resorts. The entirely green resort is committed to preserving the environment and adheres to strict guidelines also including social and economic sustainability. Following its ethical principles focusing on moral values that protect the integrity of its environmental assets, the resort holds each employee and staff member responsible to comply. Thanks to its devotion to sustainable efforts, Lefay Resorts has been presented with many prestigious international certifications.

Peru

Tourism plays a crucial role in the economy of Peru, so the country promotes sustainable tourism and ecotourism that teaches travelers to respect the local communities they visit and to minimize their impact on the vegetation and wildlife. Peru’s government is protecting the Amazon rainforest by setting aside tracts of rainforest through national park reserves and regulating their entry for travelers and groups. For example, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Manu Biosphere Reserve, and the Tambopata National Reserve are three of the largest protected areas of rainforest worldwide. Sustainable travel also includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of world’s most iconic archaeological sites and most popular tourist attraction in Peru: Machu Picchu. To preserve this extraordinary site, Peru regulates and restricts the flow of tourists, so make sure you ask your Tzell travel agent when and how you can visit Machu Pichu.

Following conscientious and responsible travel, you should stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only Machu Picchu hotel located right next to the mysterious ancient Inca citadel. With easy access directly to Machu Pichu, you and your travel agent can find the best times to explore it. You can also enjoy pure serenity on the property’s terrace or in its magnificent gardens with stunning picture-perfect views. You can also indulge in authentic Peruvian cuisine with ingredients grown on its own plot.

Belmond Peru Llama

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the second fastest growing destination in the entire American continent and the eighth worldwide and has been named safest country for visitors in Central America. It possesses a vast amount of untamed nature and understands that it has to preserve it, therefore promoting sustainable tourism and practices. Just last year, Nicaragua has made an impression internationally by receiving the award of ‘Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Destination’ presented by the Latin America Travel Association. This, in part, for its tourism companies’ and government’s efforts in working together on various programs dedicated to sustainability.

Within the country, eco-lodges vary significantly in luxury and amenities. One of our favorite picks is Jicaro Island (part of AHA). Built using reclaimed wood, the property causes minimal disturbance to preserve the character of the island. Not many people are aware of the devastation hurricane Felix brought to the rain forest in 2007. The resort is a result of the local initiatives that recovered fallen timber and transform it into furniture, buildings and crafts. It is built entirely from trees that were struck down by the hurricane and with great care and eye to detail it maintains the character of the island and its vegetation. See for yourself how beautifully the lodge is integrated in its surroundings.

Jicaro Nicaragua

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