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, Italy, the Maldives, Nicaragua, and Peru.

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.


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.

The Maldives

The Maldives’ government knows that its economy depends completely on the environment and so focuses on managing sanitation and promoting renewable energy locally and puts a great emphasis on environmental sustainability. Focusing on renewable thinking and becoming a low-carbon economy through awareness campaigns, such as “LED Saves” and “My Solar,” and encouraging and facilitating regulations on solar panels for businesses and individuals alike, the country has long been committed to protecting its rich and unique wildlife and vegetation.

The tourism sector also concentrates its efforts on protecting the environment. Gili Lankanfushi is a great example of taking its commitment to conservation to the next level. The resort used only sustainably-sourced plantation teak, palm wood, bamboo, palm leaves, as well as recycled telegraph poles for the construction of all of its buildings – keep that in mind when you stay at this beautiful property. You will find organic toiletries in refillable clay containers in all guestrooms, which has helped tremendously to cut down on plastic wastage. While you get to enjoy great activities, such as diving and snorkeling, water sports like surfing, excursions, or cooking class, you will feel at ease knowing that energy efficiency is a top priority and that the resort is always looking to do and save more.


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.


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.