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    Ecotourism Destinations

    Eco-friendly travel has seen a tremendous surge in popularity in recent years. In honor of Earth Day, our editors have rounded up our top picks for ecotourism destinations to get you thinking green.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Alaska

    Humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles are just some of the protected species in Alaska; in many parts, moose outnumber people and the echo of a grizzly's roar can be heard in the distance.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - The Amazon

    Often called the "Lungs of our Planet" the remarkable Amazon rainforest surrounds Earth's largest river system and supports thousands of plant and animal species in the 1.2 billion acres it occupies.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Antarctica

    More than 46,000 tourists now head to Antarctica each year to witness its monumental glaciers and icebergs, comical penguins, and majestic whales.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Blue Mountains, Australia

    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, Australia's Blue Mountains are a popular destination for Sydneysiders seeking to trade in the buzz of the city for the calm of the great outdoors.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Borneo

    In Borneo, the slopes of Mount Kinabalu and the dense forest trails of the Bario Loop offer prime hiking terrain, and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre will make anyone go ape.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Botswana

    Elephant herds, leopards, lions, zebras, hippos, white rhinos, and chacma baboons are just some of the glorious creatures you will encounter in Botswana.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Costa Rica

    Costa Rica's renowned back-to-nature ethos has helped make the country virtually synonymous with the concept of ecotourism. It has more than held true to its name, which means "Rich Coast."

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Dominica

    Whale-watching, exceptional diving, and pristine rainforests – where hiking trails lead to an eerie boiling lake, gorgeous waterfalls, and more – are what make Dominica such an ecotourist haven.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Galapagos Islands

    Visiting the Galapagos is the eco-traveler equivalent of making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Some 97 percent of the islands are protected by the Galapagos National Park Service.

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    Ecotourism Destinations - Himalayas, Nepal

    For a truly enriched experience, join one of Nepal's popular camping treks, modeled after the first mountaineering expeditions – you'll travel with an entourage of guides, cooks, and porters.

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