On the south-west border of Mexico, Belize is home to 3 of the 4 atolls in the Western Hemisphere. In the Lighthouse Reef atoll, the farther west, you can find one of the most extraordinary spot on the planet: the Great Blue Hole.
Last year I was offered voluntary redundancy, and being wonderfully bored and frustrated with the rat-race, I gnawed their corporate arms off for some free cash and some time to go and do my eco-thang in some far flung country where loincloths were haute-couture. My country of choice was Belize in Central America.
With its lush tropical sites, impressive mountains and caves, and intriguing ancient Mayan ruins, Belize is a haven for ecotourism and exploration. Belize is so well suited to ecotourism, that it has become the country's largest industry. Unfortunately, the ecotourists have also brought with them, albeit unintentionally, environmental degradation of many of Belize's most popular ecotourism sites.