Video: The impulse behind ecotourism is a good one, in theory — who wouldn’t want to visit a beautiful place, bask in the wonders of nature, and come back home with an enhanced appreciation for delicate ecosystems around the globe (and the dire risks they face from climate change)?
In practice, it isn’t so simple. An influx of tourists can often mean overloaded local infrastructures, the trampling of local vegetation, and displacement of already-at-risk wildlife. (We’re looking at you, Tulum.)
So how can you visit somewhere spectacular without unwittingly becoming part of the problem? We headed to Nosara, Costa Rica to talk to Experience Nosara founder Rio Azofeifa Chavarria about what visitors should and shouldn’t do when exploring environmental wonders, and what he wishes more tourists knew.
(Hint: Please, please stop trying to take pictures with the animals.)