Some of the wildest experiences for the hardcore eco traveller
Last week we took a look at some of the gloriously luxurious tours and lodges that the eco-tourism has to offer. Luxury eco-tourism is a fabulous area and we have to admit we do spend out time drooling over luxury tree-houses in the Peruvian Jungle and Private Villas hidden away in the Maldives…
at heart, everyone here at EC is an explorer of the natural world and while we love to rest, nothing gets us more fired up than a trip into the wilderness. Here, we have gathered some of our favourite trips that will get you totally hands-on and engrossed in the natural world…
Face your fears and witness one of the most formidable predators in action. This incredible project works to save one of the most misunderstood species in the world: the great white shark. Travel to South Africa and plunge into the specially designed cage, where you will come up close and personal with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Help researchers collect data on the behaviour and interaction of sharks to better understand the species.
There are around 250-340 Malayan Tigers left in the wild, and their numbers are, sadly, ever-decreasing. Contribute to their conservation by volunteering on the fringes of one of the world’s oldest rainforests – Taman Negara. Estimated to be over 130 million years old, this ancient jungle is home to many endangered species including leopards, elephants, sun bears and, of course, Malayan tigers. On this project, based in the Merapoh region, you will participate in ‘Educational, Conservation and Observation (ECO) Walks’ in the tropical rainforest, learning to recognise tell-tale signs of poachers as well as animal tracks. Volunteers will record the location of any snares they might find before these traps are removed and destroyed. Even the mere presence of volunteers will help to deter poachers in the area.
What better way to understand a unique and almost otherworldly culture than to live it? Get to know your Amazonian family and see how they live in harmony with their environment in a way we have forgotten. Learn about their beliefs and hear why every aspect of the jungle is connected in a web of life. Learn the meaning of sacred places such as waterfalls, rivers, mountains, caves, and trees, and the value of medicinal plants and important animals. Learn how in touch people can be with the natural world on this unforgettable adventure.
If your bucket list is overflowing with dreams of escapism to exotic locations, with adrenaline-inducing activities and wildlife immersion added for good measure, then become a Manu Adventurer on this four-day tour. Throw yourself right in with a rafting trip down the meandering Amazon river, on a journey to 643 private hectares of nature reserve at the Manu Learning Centre.
Tucked away in the remote, northern region of Guatemala, the Guatemala Wild Animal Rescue Centre is a lifeline for wildlife caught up in this vicious human-animal conflict. Set in 45 hectares of forested land in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, the centre rescues, supports and rehabilitates malnourished and traumatised animals. This project gives you the chance to work with some unique wildlife species, assisting with their daily care, undertaking research and, eventually, witnessing their release.
Head off the beaten path on this incredible hiking trip of a lifetime. Hike trails that have been used by local people for hundreds of years, right back to the Incas. You will reach the most sacred volcano in the region: Alter. See the night sky as you have never seen it before: free from light pollution and alight with stars. Learn the ancient tales of the Andes from your guides and dare yourself to reach the horizon.
For many of the children of the Batek people native to the Merapoh area, an official education is something they can only dream of. Lacking any basic education and with parents who haven’t been formally educated, by the time the children go to school they are often bullied because they are so far behind. You can help to fill this gap and provide the Batek children with enough basic skills to help them make the progression into formal, governmental education.
Have we inspired you yet? Click on any of the names of the trips, or the images to find out more. Check out our website to browse the adventures, or just send a message to our eco experts and get a free, personalised itinerary!