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2016’s greenest travel destinations according to Lonely Planet
Let’s discover 2016’s greenest travel destinations according to Lonely Planet, for those who love travelling and enjoying extreme experiences in contact with nature and animals.
Lonely Planet compiles many lists regarding a topic for which it’s a universally recognised authority: the best travel destinations for those who love travelling. The 2016 lists include a few ideas for those who want a green as well as experiential trip in close contact with nature. These could seem suitable for adventurous and fearless tourists, but actually they are perfect even for families with children.
Lonely Planet travel tips
“Best in travel 2016” by Lonely Planet suggests the greenest travel destinations all over the world: you can go to China and feed cute pandas or give a concrete contribution to save monkeys in South Africa or come to know dugong in the Philippines. It’s a different kind of tourism that allows people to be active rather than passive during their trip.
If you have a lot of time you can fly to China (infact a lot of riches hire a private jet charter to have a comfortable trip with family)) and go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where this endangered animal is being protected since 1987: a long trip to feel the emotion of hugging a panda. In a completely different landscape, that of South Africa, monkey lovers can take part in a volunteering programme aimed at preparing meals, cleaning and maintaining monkey enclosures and observing the primates’ behaviour. Without venturing beyond the European borders, Harry Potter’s – adult and young – fans can go to the UK and practice falconry, an ancient but charming art.
There are regions in the world where adventurous, courageous and curious people can enjoy extreme experiences that are not so suitable for families with children. In Australia, for example, you can test yourselves and your survival skills in the Outback, the remote and almost deserted interior of the continent, one of world’s least cozy places. Here you can learn to survive in the “bush” among deadly snakes and plants. Another unusual destination where you can find odd beings is Slovenia: protei, a type of blind amphibians similar to small dragons, can be found floating in the Postojna caves; in the faraway Philippines Islands you can find the dugong that in ancient times inspired the myth of half-human, half-fish creatures. If you push on as far as Greenland on board of a cruise ship you can get the rare chance to see narwhals.
Antarctica is becoming more accessible, so much so that tourism has seen a 53 per cent increase in the last four years. And climate change is on of the reasons people visit the frozen continent.
Alpinism has officially been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) list. Its candidacy had been jointly submitted by France, Italy and Switzerland.
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Chile has unveiled the Patagonian Route of Parks, an incredible trail that connects 17 national parks with the aim of promoting nature conservation and community development.
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