Ecotourism in Ecuador is one of the most valuable and constantly sources of income in the country, taking into account that since the late 90's was created a legal framework for it.
In addition, was created the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association, which causes that this form of tourism began to spread throughout Ecuador.
Most of this activity is performed in the protected areas of the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. Both on the coast and in the highlands is growing the interest in conservation and protection of many earth paradises and fragile ecosystems that exist in Ecuador.
As an example of it we have the creation of ecological reserves, wildlife refuges and national parks in Ecuador since the late 90's, plus the incentive that have been receiving different towns, parishes and counties to produce favorable conditions for self- sustainable tourism and, above all, friendly environment tourism. This is the basis, mostly as a conviction, of all that is community tourism.
Around Quito, and throughout the Province of Pichincha, the NGO Rainforest Alliance with the Corporación Metropolitana de Turismo (Metropolitan Corporation of Tourism) are working to extend the practices of sustainable tourism in all tourist areas of Quito. They have created a certification program called Smart Voyager which is granted to all Tourist Companies or hotels that have the "good practices" in the tourism industry.
To contribute to the environment, to the community of the resorts , to the development of our small country, as well as to live unforgettable experiences, come to Ecuador and participate the variety of eco-tourism experiences that this beautiful country and the standing out city of Quito have to offer.
For more information visit the website of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association (ASEC). Also you may visit the page that Rainforest Alliance has launched, exposing different projects that have being carried out across America.
The Ecotourism or Ecological tourism is an activity that has being developed in Quito and its surroundings. The maximum exponent is the Cloud Forest at the North-West.
Ecotourism in Ecuador has been developed specifically in the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. To experience a conscientious tourism with the planet we recommend you to find out about eco-tours with your travel agency or preferred tour operator.