This week National
for Sustainable Destinations recognized three winners of the first ever Global Geotourism Challenge,
hosted together with Ashoka Changemakers. The challenge was a competition for tourist destinations that have
upheld the goals of Geotourism, or,
“tourism that sustains or enhances the
geographical character of a place–its environment, culture, aesthetics,
heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”
Check out some (five, to be exact) examples of Geotourism in action!
1.) 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking in Nepal helps
Nepalese women train to become adventure guides in their home country.
in Costa Rica brings together communities, tourists
and conservation organizations in an effort to preserve the surrounding
3.) The Yakama Geotourism Lodge and School
in Ecuador. This facility provides Amazon youth with
education in organic agriculture, eco-tourism and holistic learning, while
doubling as an eco-lodge . The Yachana
Foundation even has its own Fair Trade chocolate company!
4.) Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries
in Greece shares Crete’s sustainable food production and associated culture with tourists.
5.) The Great Baikal Trail
in Russia seeks to promote the sustainable
development of Lake Baikal through community
involvement in ecotourism. Trails being
constructed around the Lake will be managed by
locals, but can be enjoyed by all.
Have you visited one of these Geotourism destinations, or another not on this list? Tell us about it!