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Jarabacoa - The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has been blessed with numerous national parks, area of outstanding beauty and protected areas. As such it can be a little confusing knowing which area to visit when planning a vacation to the country.

Located in the beautiful mountains of Cordirella sits Jarabacoa, one of the most idyllic spots in the country and the birth place of Dominican Republic eco-tourism.

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Ordesa National Park

On the north coast of Spain lies the Ordesa National Park, the jewel in the crown of the Pyrenees and haven for any eco traveller looking for an idyllic destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


The area itself has been a national park for almost a century but it wasn't until 1997 that it was upgraded to a UNESCO world heritage site in the interests of conservation.

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Dead Sea - Israel & Jordan

The Dead Sea, also known as the Sea of Salt, is a massive salt lake spread between Israel and the West Bank to the west and Jordan on the east. At 1,385 feet below sea level, it is said that the shores of the salt lake are the lowest on earth. The Dead Sea is 1,240 feet deep, which makes it the deepest hyper saline lake in the world.

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Tuscany

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. But it is not only the arts and sciences that Tuscany holds precious, for it is also a hub of outstanding natural history and the ecotourist may be interested to hear that the region boasts over 120 nature reserves.

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Petra - Jordan

Petra in Jordan is one of those places that have to be seen to be believed. The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums are one of the true wonders of the world carved over centuries out of nature by man. It is a truly unique city built by the industrious Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago, where it was used as a trade junction for silk and spice, and linked the trade routes of China, India with Egypt, Greece and Rome, all of whose influences can still be seen in the remains.

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Longji Rice Terrace - China

Village elders have a saying in Longsheng: where there is soil there is a terrace. Two hours ride from the city of Guilin in Guanxi province, the problem of growing rice on steep hills was long ago solved by cutting long terraces, like giant round staircases, directly into the hills, and there has been a rice harvest every year since that time long ago in the thirteenth century.

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Aogashima Volcano - Japan

Still considered an active volcano, the last eruption of Aogashima was way back in 1781 and lasted four years through to 1785. The island of Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea and located approximately 358 kilometers (222 mi) south of Tokyo. With a population of just 205, it is the most isolated inhabited island of the Izu Archipelago.

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Lapland - Finland

Any ecotourist planning on visiting Lapland is in for a wonderful experience. For many people Lapland inspires images of thick snow, reindeers and a very festive atmosphere. Whilst it is true that this area of Northern Finland has more than its fair share of snow every year, there is more to do than go skiing or to take your children for a Christmas experience.

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a site of great interest to the Ecotourist, and surely on every Green Traveller's bucket list. One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, it took nearly 2000 years to build and measures in at a staggering 5500 miles in length. What's more, it's the only man made structure that can be seen from space. But, to fully appreciate its magnificence, you'll need to get up close.

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