Green tourism, nature tourism, alternative tourism are just some of the words synonymous with eco tourism. This niche tourism market is differentiated from mass tourism markets by it’s principles and practices. Usually, eco tourism takes place in a localized area or community. It is a sustainable means to improving the quality of life for locals and those in the respective community. The eco activities minimize impact on the environment. It creates environmental and cultural respect. The eco tourism experiences are unique to visitors. More linkages are created; job creation and networking .There is a direct source of income for conservation of bio diversity, cultural, natural environment and heritage. Locals have a sense of ownership and empowerment because they are directly involved in the activities. The eco tourism experience highlights a greater understanding and appreciation of local society, culture and nature.
New Zealand has tapped into eco tourism and by extension agro tourism. They are a key example of an ideal eco destination. Even their tagline endorses their tourism; “New Zealand 100% Pure.” Their package includes bird sanctuaries, observatories, eco cruises, farm activities, volcanic and geothermal, glowworm caves, scenic landscapes, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. Just take a look at the magical glow caves in Waitomo New Zealand.
Now, Trinidad and Tobago was once part of the beautiful Amazonian forest. So, the destination is not only unique since some species; plant and wildlife have remained here but the migrant species of crops and indigenous culture span expansive generations and variable ancestral lineages. So can Trinidad and Tobago compete with these other idyllic destinations?
Obviously we can just take a look around people. We are not only a gorgeous destination with beautiful coral reefs but we have so many diverse and different eco and native influences still alive. Wake up ! Open your eyes! REPRESENT!
There is a breath taking bird sanctuary in Caroni where the national bird nests, feeds and blazes the sky trail with the beauty and vitality of their red coat leaving every spectator in awe.
The Cocoa from Trinidad is exported to produce one of the most premium qualities in chocolate worldwide.
Local products on agro farms such as cassava are used to make delicacies like chips. Fruits such as pommecythere can be used to for the ultimate indulgence. Kayaking and fish rearing are also activities at Mariposa Cafe is featured in these pictures.
There are numerous caves where the furry winged nocturnal creatures like bats and the oil birds can be found.
Brasso Seco is a research and agro tourism/ eco tourism facility in Trinidad with activities like nature trails, waterfalls, hikes and culinary festivals. You may even get a glimpse at the silky ant eater.
Albino peacocks, ducks and caimans are common to see in their natural habitat but you can catch a glimpse of them at the Wild Fowl Trust too.
There are numerous bird species in Trinidad but these are not the only creatures found at Asa Wright Nature Centre. There is wildlife here too. The agouti is seen in its natural habitat. There are nature trails and herb gardens
La Vega Estate above is just another site where one can find plant species, eco adventures, cooking huts and stay over lodges.
So Trinidad and Tobago are we ready?
You know what to do REPRESENT!!!