This eco-friendly tour operator organizes sustainable biking, walking, and multisport tours worldwide. The company supports a variety of conservation and ecotourism organizations.
The Connected Traveler: Sustainable Tourism
Learn how to determine good from bad ecotourism. Includes a code of ethics for travelers, and links to numerous sustainable-tourism sites.
Costa Rica: Certification in Sustainable Tourism program
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute's developing certification program has evaluated dozens of lodges, inns, and hotels that you can search by province, certification level, and hotel type.
Lists small scale, locally produced, low-impact, customizable ecotours and culture trips. Worldwide destinations. You can search trips by region and by activity.
Join short-term volunteer trips to help scientists with field work projects that range from archaeology and world health to zoology and ecology, including tourism impacts.
Information on environmentally and culturally friendly trips to destinations worldwide selected by the site team. Features ecotours and cultural trips for experiencing indigenous cultures and traditions.
Far and Near
Budget travel information, personal travel stories, reviews, and more from this online magazine that supports endangered cultures and sustainable development.
Gives information on alternative tourism projects and trips worldwide in both urban and non-urban destinations. Provides a small searchable directory of alternative tour operators, lodgings, learning and volunteer programs. Includes how to miniguides for the independent traveler.
Green Hotel Initiative, Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies
Offers a Best Practice survey to help travelers assess a hotel's performance and guest-request cards that ask for environmentally responsible hotel service.
Provides environmental travel tips for individual and business travelers.
This extensive Toronto-based website presents urban green tourism, which protects metropolitan resources and cultural diversity. Provides general and Toronto-specific information, including publications, press releases, websites, and television shows.
International Porter Protection Group
Guidelines for travelers when employing porters.
Helps you visit outdoor recreation destinations without harming them. The nonprofit program works to build awareness, appreciation, and respect for public recreation areas.
Namibia Community Based Tourism Association
Lists Namibian community tourism enterprises, including campsites, traditional villages, museums, tours, and local crafts.
National Geographic Expeditions
High-end educational tours, many of which use operators pledged to sustainable practices. Proceeds benefit National Geographic research programs.
National Geographic TravelerTourism Forum
An online forum for travelers opinions about pros and cons in tourism development. Permits feedback from tourists to travel businesses and destination authorities.
Pacific Asia Travel Association
Traveler's codes for visiting indigenous cultures and for sustainable tourism.
Partners in Responsible Tourism
This San Francisco-based network provides guidelines for traveling responsibly.
Justin Francis and Harold Goodwin provide a small, well-organized database of responsible ecotours and accommodation worldwide that they have evaluated and approved. Posts tips for responsible travelers and guidelines for tourism professionals.
Scotland Green Tourism
Discover the cultural heritage of small Scottish towns by patronizing sustainable-tourism establishments. Selections by area, accommodation type, and town.
Tearfund: Tourism Campaign
This U.K. Christian nonprofit hosts the Right to Know campaign, helping travelers to make informed holiday choices. Volunteer travel programs, too.
Through educational materials, editorial coverage, and manufacturer-supported promotions, this nonprofit organization encourages motorized outdoor recreation that is environmentally responsible.
World Wildlife Fund: Tourism Program
General information and guidelines for traveling responsibly.
Conservation International: Ecotravel Center
The nonprofit conservation group lists links for ecotourism trips to the worlds biodiversity hotspots.
Costa Rica ecolodges
Beatrice Blake lists sustainability ratings for ecolodges in her guidebook, New Key to Costa Rica, plus additional information.
An Athens-based ecotourism club that offers direct worldwide booking online, eco-products, eco-events, and free consultations by member experts.
Sample itineraries, how to choose an outfitter, and a directory of tour operators around the world.
This U.S.-based company offers ecotouring trips to destinations worldwide, working only with tourism businesses inspected on site for environmental and cultural sensitivity.
Hawaii Ecotourism Association
Lists activities and attractions that promote Hawaiis culture and environment.
The International Ecotourism Society
An information program called Your Travel Choice Makes a Difference helps consumers make educated responsible travel decisions. The site also provides a database of ecotourism operators and ecolodges.
The Nature Conservancy
The conservation group provides ecotourism trips, as well as lodging for independent travelers. Both international and U.S. nature destinations.
This conservation research organization offers natural history expeditions throughout the world, including whale-watching tours and hands-on field trips for students and teachers.
Orangutan Foundation International
Offers several 5-day orangutan tours and 11-day study tours annually in Kalimantan, Borneo, as well as a six-week field volunteer program (www.orangutan.org.uk).
Pacific Whale Foundation
This research and advocacy organization offers ecotours with proceeds channeled toward saving the oceans.
Ron Maders Web site on ecotourism in Latin America provides practical travel information for the region.
Worldsurface.com: Sustainable Tourism
Contains news resources and a database of over 400 ecotour operators around the world. Traveling members file destination reports from the road. Find language schools and volunteer opportunities. Great for college students.
This nonprofit organizes socially responsible and educational study seminars; fact-finding, solidarity, and activist delegations; and customized tours for business, and professional organizations. Not for hedonists.
HandMade in America
Promotes crafts and heritage trails in western North Carolina. The website notes craft heritage and garden tours for independent travelers in the area.
Indigenous World Tours
Provides authentic educational encounters with indigenous peoples of the Americas and Hawaii in concert with the Canadian indigenous organization Plenty Canada.
National Trust for Historic PreservationHotels
You can reserve rooms in historic U.S. hotels here. Links to other National Trust tours, historic sites, and a heritage traveler bookstore.
This well-organized site allows you to find Native American tour attractions and services throughout the U.S. by state or by tribe. Includes the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, tourism businesses, newsletters, travel tips, and scenic byways.
This educational organization lists some three dozen links to indigenous tour operators worldwide.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Offers a users guide to green transportation. For a small subscription fee you can consult an online catalogue of environmental cars and trucks.
NorthEast Sustainable Energy Association
This U.S. organization provides information on eco-friendly cars and trucks, plus guidelines on reducing pollution from transportation.