Don't believe the hype: Myths about Responsible tourism
Myth 1: It´s expensive!
Responsible tours and accommodations come in a range of prices, depending on the level of comfort and convenience you desire. In Ecuador you will find out that responsible tourism may even be cheaper that any other type of tourism. Just imagine spending a week filled with hikes, canoe rides or horseback riding and only spending a $200 USD! This is possible in many of the small communities that offer package deals to tourists.
Myth 2: It´s too difficult to be a responsible traveler.
There are many levels of responsible travel you can undertake. Start by reading our responsible travel tips to see how easy it can be. We have listed a lot of different responsible travel destinations for you to browse through and explore. Just start by looking through all our local communities and national parks. I'm sure you'll find some that will make you want to visit them immediately!
Myth 3: It means traveling to tropical jungles and other tough to reach places.
Ofcourse there are a lot of different places you can visit that are based on the responsible tourism principles. Some will be tucked away somewhere in the rainforest. Luckily, Ecuador is diverse. You can find communities and national parks just an hour drive away from the capital Quito! If you are in Cuenca, you can go on daytrips to local communities like Kushiwaira as well.
Myth 4: I have to sacrifice quality and luxury of accommodations.
Responsible tourism comes in all shapes and sizes. Like we mentioned in our definition of responsible tourism. It is about having a different mindset and sticking to a few basic principles. Stay with local communities or in a luxurious cabana in the Ecuadorian rainforest. It's totally up to your own preferences.
Myth 5: Responsible tourism is just another form of ‘niche tourism’. I don't want to bother with it
Responsible Tourism is about the legacy and the consequences of tourism – for the environment, local people and local economies. It is not a marketing usp or any other type of sales babble. Anybody can make a difference in responsible travel.