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Several Amerindian communities now run their own eco-lodges, enabling tourists to stay and

experience, at first-hand, a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. A tour of the rivers in a motorized Amerindian dugout canoe gets you up close to nature, while Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, which boast a vertical drop more than five times that of Niagara Falls, are another must-see. Guyana is one of the hottest eco-destinations of 2014, having made it to the shortlist of National Geographic’s Must-See Places for the first time. In neighbouring Venezuela, the Angel Falls

are the highest in the world at more than 3,200 feet, plus it is home to some 15% of the world’s bird species. On Curaçao, the tourist board has introduced

a programme of tourism awareness training for taxi drivers and CARMABI, a conservation foundation, has implemented environmental education programmes in schools and at its national parks. Nature-themed excursions such as boating in the mangroves and hiking the island’s 27 trails are highlighted by Martinique, along with farm-to-table dining options. Two-thirds of this French Caribbean island is designated protected parkland. Online travel agent,, has launched a two-minute travel guide to Cuba giving tips on how travellers can support local people. It advises tourists to stay in Casas Particulares – home-stays run by local people – tip in Cuban Convertible Pesos that are worth more than the local currency, and take useful everyday items that are scarce in Cuba for both local residents and schools. Haiti is hoping that the protection of its

natural assets will restore its place as a leading Caribbean tourism destination once again. One of the richest and least developed islands in the region, its three national parks boast 26 different endemic bird species and several

spectacular waterfalls such as the Bassin Bleu and Bassin Zim, where voodoo ceremonies still take place. Belize in Central America is blessed with the

world’s second largest barrier reef, no fewer than 17 national parks and 570 bird species, as well as manatees, monkeys, keel-billed toucans, rare orchids and jaguars. St. Kitts is one of the few places where the

rainforest is expanding thanks to conservation efforts. Nearly a quarter of the island is protected rainforest and a number of walking trails in the National Forest Reserve enable holidaymakers to reduce their carbon footprint by exploring the island on foot rather than by car or by bus. Bonaire has one of the few mangrove systems in the world and the Washington-Slagbaai National Park has more than 13,000 acres of flora and fauna. The Frigate Bird Sanctuary on sleepy Barbuda, 30 miles north of Antigua, houses 170 species of birds, including 5,000 graceful frigate birds, which can’t walk well or swim. Basse-Terre, one of Guadeloupe’s five islands,

is a draw for nature lovers who flock to its sleeping volcano, La Soufrière, the Eastern Caribbean’s highest point, and the Parc National de Guadeloupe to spot sugar birds, cow herons, and black woodpeckers.


Solar power, composting, recycling and water conservation schemes are helping hotels to reduce their

carbon footprint throughout the Caribbean. Solar power is used by the Calabash Hotel

in Grenada to provide all its hot water and provide all the energy to run its main kitchen and offices. Wastage is composted and edible food and linens are donated to homes for the elderly. Guests are encouraged to donate items to the six local children’s homes supported by the Calabash. Spring Cooper Island Beach

Club in the British Virgin Islands has now added a further 63 voltaic panels, having saved some 212,000lbs of CO2 emissions already. Spring Cooper Island is also able to produce its very own water from r ainw ater and a back-

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