As we know, many of today’s travellers are not content to spend their holidays simply lounging on beaches or sipping cocktails by a pool. The rise of eco-tourism sees holiday deals become available to ensure just as spend time out in the sun, lovers of the natural world can get up-close and personal with wildlife and explore unspoiled environments.
These are five undisturbed natural destinations, making it easy for you to enjoy your own slice of pristine paradise. I’m at two, with three of these to go.
Mexico is outstandingly beautiful; from Jalisco, the mountainous birthplace of Tequila, to a myriad of untouched white beaches and tranquil forests dotted with the ruins of Mayan temples. The indigenous population are eager to share their beloved country, which boasts some of the most diverse natural landscapes on the planet. Awe-inspiring volcanoes and canyons and peaceful butterfly reserves are all part of it.
The easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is nestled within the clear blue waters of both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Sun worshipers can enjoy over 30km of white beaches — but the area also holds a wealth of natural beauty that remains relatively untapped; from towering white cliffs to atmospheric caves, jungle trails to dazzling coral reefs.
Estonia is a small, sparsely populated country, situated on the Baltic coast of Eastern Europe. Made up of approximately 50% forest and woodland, it’s a blank canvas that houses a vast diversity of wildlife including eagles, wolves, brown bears and lynx. Referring to themselves as ‘forest people,’ Estonia’s inhabitants are devoted to preserving their glorious natural heritage. The country’s flora and fauna can be explored throughout five national parks and a large nature reserve.
Mention Kenya and most people think of vast savannahs, thick with safari favourites like elephants and lions. Along with its abundant wildlife, however, Kenya has an impressive array of mountains, lakes, rainforests, deserts, spotless white beaches and colourful reefs. This amazing natural diversity is protected in some 50 national parks and reserves across the country.
A rugged Central American jewel, much of Costa Rica is shaded by immense rainforests that teem with wildlife including monkeys, sloths, butterflies and a dazzling array of tropical birds. Travellers to this stunning place will spend only a few scant moments indoors, such is the scope of outdoor adventure on offer. Best known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity, Costa Rica’s natural wonders are heavily protected for future generations to enjoy.
With so much beauty on display, it isn’t difficult to see why nature travel is becoming increasingly popular. Why not consider nourishing your soul by immersing yourself in the natural world? It’s something I will never get enough of.