- from Rain Forests
What is an ecotourist? You could say it is a person who is sensitive to the place they’re visiting.
An ecotourist has little or no impact on local plants and wildlife. An ecotourist treats native people with courtesy. He or she respects their rights and customs. An ecotour may focus on the people and culture of an area as much as it looks at the flora and fauna.
What would a typical day on an ecotour look like? It might include bird-watching and a canoe ride. There could be a visit to a native village, so ecotourists could see how native people live. The visitors might try a meal of native foods. A native guide could lead a long, slow walk on a jungle trail. He or she would give the ecotourists a closer look at the rain forest. Finally, the day would end early. People would sleep in hammocks or under sleeping nets.