Many of us are intrigued by the idea of an eco-friendly vacation, particularly one that will provide interaction with real cultures rather than canned stops from a luxury cruise liner. Here is a breakdown of some of the better travel companies that provide these types of exotic adventures:
Nomadico Travel specializes in planning adventurous itineraries to Ecuador and Peru including the Galapagos Islands. In Ecuador, travelers can choose from six different experiences, which cover all types of experiences from walking tours to more rigorous expeditions including trekking, kayaking, rappelling and more. In Peru, travelers can take the Inca Trail, a 45km mountainous jungle hike that leads to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu.
Green Tracks has a popular eco tour they call the Amazon Riverboat Wildlife Expedition. This tour takes travelers down the upper areas of the Amazon River. You can also travel to the largest eco-reserve in Peru, the Pacava-Samira Reserve, or to the isolated regions of the Rio Tapiche or Rio Tigre with this company.
Cascada Travel offers a wide variety of tours from going overland, to safaris, to sailing, hiking and more. The company also offers eco-tours on horseback through Patagonia as well as day trips through Chile.
First time planning a trip to Latin America? Check out Lonely Planet's guide for beginners.