In the past few years, as environmental awareness has spread like wildfire, the increase has naturally spread to the choices we make about travel.

“People are interested in going to eco-friendly resorts because they’re acting more environmentally responsible at home and want to visit places that care as much as they do,” says Kit Cassingham of EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com. “Hotels and resorts historically have been extremely wasteful but are now starting to act with more environmental sensitivity. As a result, more travelers want to support green hotels and to practice their environmentally friendly activities on the road.”

Though we don’t like to think about it, traveling consumes a lot of energy, not only to get to a destination but also upon arrival. While some vacation spots may tout their green-ness by boasting that they don’t wash sheets or towels everyday unless the guest specifically requests it, if that’s all they do it’s just lip service.

People are interested in going to eco-friendly resorts because they’re acting more environmentally responsible at home and want to visit places that care as much as they do

- Kit Cassingham of EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com

It may take a little extra effort to uncover resorts that go well beyond the basics and practice environmental conservation in every corner of their operations, but it’s well worth it. The best eco-resorts pay equal attention to greening the services guests can see as well as those behind the scenes.

But it’s not only about where you stay, but what you do. Traveling through the jungle or rainforest to get a firsthand glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat can also make it hit home.

Here are 10 eco-friendly attractions in all corners of Latin America.

Lisa Rogak is a freelance writer and New York Times Bestselling author. Her latest book is "And Nothing But The Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert."
 

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