Wild Women Expeditions Top 5 Earth-Friendly Destinations

By Jules Torti | April 21, 2022

If you’re wondering where you can travel with total peace of mind because you’re supporting peace on earth and environmentally responsible initiatives, we have a few ideas up our recycled, organic, bamboo shirt sleeve.

Near, far, wherever you are…(wait, who let Celine Dion in here?). Point is, at Wild Women Expeditions headquarters, Mother Nature is our favourite woman. We design trips with her at the forefront and whether you opt for an educational “Floating U” expedition aboard the MS Ocean Endeavour in Antarctica or get down and dirty planting mangroves in Bali, we can all help make the world go round in a low-impact, meaningful and transformative way. From India’s Project Tiger to tortoise-rearing projects in the Galapagos, you’re going to love our list of feel-good, earth-hugging destinations that put you smack dab in the middle of positive change.

Feynan Ecolodge outdoor dining area © Feynan Ecolodge Photo by Bashar Alaeddin

Journey into Jordan and Sleep Environmentally-Soundly!

Staying at Fenyan Ecolodge is one of the most socially and earth-responsible, low-impact sleeps in the world! The ecolodge is accessed by foot as it’s snuggled deep in the beating heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve. At the dead end of a rugged track, the fairy tale candle-lit lodge appears like a mirage in the surreal folds of the Wadi Feynan. This earth-sensitive solar-powered lodge has been named as one of the best 25 ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine and that’s a gigantic deal! 

Photo credit: Friends of the National Parks Foundation

Photo credit: Friends of the National Parks Foundation

Learn About the Birds and the Bees AND Trees in Bali!

Bird lovers will swoon over the tropical species and the opportunity to visit the Bali Starling Sanctuary on our Beauty of Wild Bali adventure . This hugely successful breeding and reintroduction program has helped rebound the population from 10 in 2006 to over 100 present day. You can also pitch in with some sweat equity and participate in a monumental mangrove tree reforestation project in the surrounding West Bali National Park area project by planting your own individual mangrove (with a sign indicating your name and nationality). 

Visit the Headquarters of Wired Amazon

Stay in the biodiverse 200-hectare Brazilian nut forest reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru on our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek extension. The Refugio Amazonas eco-hostel is the headquarters of Wired Amazon, the first citizen science project that permits guests to be citizen scientists and contribute to the region’s dynamic research on species like the elusive jaguar and white-lipped peccary!  Frequently, a lucky guest discovers a brand new tiger-moth, scorpion-wasp, caddisfly or treehopper species. It could be you!

Meow! Learn About Project Tiger in India

On the Jungles and Jewels Adventure, you’ll stay at the Kanha Jungle Lodge. The lodge was built by Kailash Sankhala, the founder of Project Tiger, one of the earliest tiger conservation initiatives in India (it launched in 1973). Kanha trains local guides, forest guards and has established community environmental awareness programs to educate the community about Bengal tiger protection and the value of habitat conservation. Project Tiger remains the most successful conservation program for tigers–over 50 tiger reserves have been established in India.

Meet the Galpaguitos of the Galapagos Islands

The Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora showcases the incredible conservation efforts that support the safe release of young tortoises to the islands. Once they reach the age of five or 20cm in length (this size allows them proper defense from introduced predators like rats, dogs and pigs), the tortoises are returned to the wilds. Since 1970, over 2000 ‘galapaguitos’ (artificially incubated eggs from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands) have been born, reared and returned to their native areas. The semi-natural pens are divided according to the four different stages of development: eggs, neonates, juveniles and adults and they’re darned cute all around. You’ll see wild tortoises too on our Galapagos Islands Yacht Adventure!

Wherever you decide to travel next, there are several ways to travel lighter on the Earth. Choose reef-friendly sunscreen and biodegradable products (and squeeze them into refillable bottles). Pack a reusable water bottle or travel with a water filter. Invest in bamboo straws! Eat hyper-local. Look for gently-used gear at second-hand stores. Donate your gently-used gear! Buy rechargeable batteries. Sleep in your hotel sheets for more than one night! Plant a tree to offset your flight. Read every book by Jane Goodall and pass them along to someone you love.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” ~ Dr. Jane Goodall