If you are a safe traveler, then a European holiday is a safe bet. If you do have a taste for the exotic, traveling around the Middle East is full of surprises and intrigue. And eco-tourism is spreading through the Middle East. A typical journey (by land) could start in Turkey. With a convenient bus system in place, it's easy to travel around Turkey in a non-impacting way to get primed for the Middle East. After Turkey, it's possible to travel to Lebanon and Syria for an unspoiled and authentic tourist experience, and then down to Jordan, Israel and Egypt (on the Sinai Peninsula).
Word of caution, Syrians don't like the mention of Israel. If you plan on traveling to Israel keep it a secret. Other like-minded tourists (travelers), when in Syria, use a code word for Israel. Last time we checked it was "Disney Land."
Last week TreeHugger explored eco-tourism options in Lebanon. And today, Karen Chernick from Green Prophet introduces us to the options in Jordan. She writes:
Between all of the eco guesthouses popping up and the Israeli Tourism Ministry trying to go green by 2009, there's no absence of environmentally friendly vacation options in Israel (hint hint, to all those out-of-towners planning their summer vacations in Israel).
There are lots of great eco-tourism options available in Jordan - ranging from tour companies that specialize in green adventures to environmentally friendly housing options. Here are some of our favorites:
Terhaal Eco Adventure: Terhaal offers a variety of adventures with a focus on outdoor activities. Rappelling, snorkeling, camping, camel trekking... you name it, they got it. You can choose from a list of trips that they offer, or they'll tailor a trip to what you want to see.
Baobab: Alternative Roots to Travel: This tour company offers eco tours all over the Middle East and Africa, with some unique options in Jordan. You can check out some of their cultural tours or have them take you around some of Jordan's nature reserves.
Feynan Lodge: Developed by Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, this eco lodge is in the middle of the Dana nature reserve. The lodge itself is built entirely out of local materials with traditional methods. It also incorporates green technologies such as solar power and they try to stick to candle light at night to save electricity. Very green and very romantic.
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