9 Eco Travel Destinations on the Hot List for 2012

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We've written a few articles now on lodges, resorts, and sustainable places to stay, but the fact is they're really on the rise -- good news for the responsible traveler.

However, this increase also makes it difficult to find the best of the bunch.

So we do the hard part for you: The nine resorts here earned recognition in awards programs or were singled out by high-profile publications for their service and innovative sustainability efforts.

From a Canadian destination that let you sit in on scientific research trips to Central American eco-lodges that allow you to experience traditional native cultures, book one of these responsibly-run destinations in 2012.