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8 Most Pristine Places on Earth
With almost seven billion humans living on Earth, finding pristine places on the planet is becoming increasingly difficult. However, if you’re looking to participate in an unforgettable eco-trek, there are still some relatively untouched spots on the planet worth travelling to.
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What constitutes a pristine environment? For some it means clean air and water. Others associate it with a relatively undisturbed landscape or a sparsely populated region. Healthy, diverse ecosystems are what many people think of when they hear of pristine environments.
Chris Earley, an interpretive biologist at the University of Guelph and a tour leader for Quest Nature Tours, says that, “The most important aspect of any eco-tour is linking each participant to the wildlife, habitats and people of the site. By using local guides and being careful not to disturb the wildlife, the visitor will really get to see what each place is about. The more you are connected to this amazing planet, the more you are going to want to protect its natural areas.”
Ready for an eco-adventure to some of the most pristine places on the planet? Here are eight incredible destinations worth exploring.
(Photo credit: Chris Earley)
1. The Antarctic
Antarctica is a beautiful, relatively untouched continent with lots to see including numerous icebergs and glaciers as well as fascinating wildlife. Your eco-tour includes travel by ship along the Antarctic coast as well as going ashore. Animals you will see include penguins, whales, seals and seabirds.
Quest Nature Tours conducts this trip which starts and finishes in Ushuaia, Argentina and features a sea kayaking option as well.
2. Daintree National Park, Australia
If a pristine, ancient forest is high on your list of places to visit, consider Daintree National Park. Part of the park consists of the Daintree Rainforest which, at over 100 million years of age, is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. This impressive rainforest is home to thousands of plant species and contains trees that are more than 2,500 years old.
3. Kenya and Tanzania
If you are looking for a wild place with lots of animals and breath-taking vistas, you’ll want to consider Kenya and Tanzania where you’ll see Mount Kilimanjaro, the plains of the Serengeti, conservation areas, national parks, game reserves and much more.
From your vehicle you can marvel at such majestic animals as wildebeests, zebras, lions, cheetahs, leopards, as well as numerous species of birds.
If you take the tour offered by Quest Nature Tours, you will begin and finish your eco-adventure in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Chris Earley)
4. Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada
Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Clayoquot Sound is approximately 350,000 hectares in size and is composed of stunning islands, beaches, fjords, lakes, streams, mountains and forests.
You can enjoy this wonderful biosphere reserve from the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort which employs local people and practices low-impact, non-intrusive operations and adventures including hiking, kayaking and wildlife observing.
5. The Galapagos Islands
Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, travelling The Galapagos Islands will bring you close to such fascinating animals as giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, penguins, whales and fish as they go about their lives in this incredible archipelago. (Photo credit: Chris Earley)
6. Cape Grim, Tasmania, Australia
Those who associate pristine environment with air quality will be interested to know that Cape Grim, which is located at the far north-west tip of Circular Head in Tasmania, reportedly has the cleanest air on the planet. This isolated place receives unpolluted air which has not touched land in many days. While in Tasmania you can visit lots of other pristine wilderness areas including several national parks.
7. The Arctic
Interested in visiting the Canadian High Arctic by ship where you will also be able to go ashore? Scenic vistas, interesting species and a fascinating history awaits you in this remote, pristine place where you will visit places like Baffin Island, Somerset Island, Victoria Island and the Northwest Passage depending on which Quest Nature Tours trip that you take.
8. Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
While you might not associate this well-used park with the word “pristine”, it is an important ecosystem consisting of approximately 1.5 million acres. Designated as a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance, the biodiversity in this park is considerable and features many animal and plant species – including many rare and endangered species.
Hiking, canoeing, biking, boat tours and camping are ways to experience this U.S. National Park which protects the southern portion of the original Everglades.