6. Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Possibly the world leaders in eco-tourism and the most incredible example of eco-friendly destinations for 2013, the Galapagos Islands are a prime example of getting it right – a long time ago. Very strict and consistent rules and regulations have protected this magnificent UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserve;

in fact, in many cases, visitors are not permitted to even enter many areas of the national park. Enforcing a ‘‘Leave No Trace’’ policy in addition to asking high entrance fees and only admitting a small handful of visitors with a certified guide per annum, have allowed this area to stay as pristine as possible.

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