Ecotourism is a serious buzzword in travel these days but what does it actually mean to travel eco-responsibly and to experience an eco tour in Morocco?
According to the International Ecotourism Society, “ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well being of local people.”
Based on this definition, ecotourism isn’t just about visiting beautiful natural areas; it is about making a positive impact to the area traveled.
As you prepare for your time on a trip in Morocco, here are five ways you can ensure that your trip will benefit the environment and its local people.
1. Respect the Environment
Morocco, with its mountains, valleys, gorges, deserts, plains, beaches and forests, is a land of immense and diverse natural beauty. The land is perfect for trekking trips but it is important to follow Leave No Trace ethics to respect both the land and the people that live there.
Always remember that if you pack it in you need to pack it out. Consider bringing your own water filter and bottle to reduce the need for plastic water bottles, which only contributes to waste problems in Morocco. If you need to wash yourself, clothes or dishes make sure you are at least 200 feet away from rivers or lakes and use only biodegradable soap. Every small act of conversation goes a long way in preserving Morocco’s unique ecosystems. (more…)