I am, like most enviros, somewhat conflicted on the subject of ecotourism, and I wish I knew more about it. In the end, I’m inclined to think that the damage such tourism does to the ecosystems where it takes place is outweighed by the simple fact that it offers a source of revenue other than resource extraction. There is, of course, good ecotourism and bad ecotourism — if you, as an aspiring ecotourist, want to know which is which, MSNBC’s 12 tips for ecotravelers is a good place to start.
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