Iran – a country with an ancient culture, rich history, unique architectural masterpieces and natural beauty is a true paradise for travelers. It has a great potential for tourism development and in recent years, the country has started rapidly developing tourism, attracting more and more tourists from all over the world.
Ecotourism is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world, and it is actively developing in Iran. Iran’s territory is so varied and rich in resources, and no doubt that ecotourism will gain the attention it deserves. On the territory of Iran, there are more than 150 protected areas and 26 national parks. Most of them are suitable for eco-tourism, where visitors can not only see but also touch the pristine nature. Of course, you’d better turn to the professional tour operators for the search for suitable sites for ecotourism; they already know which areas are most suitable for ecotourism.
Ecotourism in Iran: Popular destinations for ecotourism
With a variety of climatic zones and the nature, you will see hot deserts lush forests and mountains at the same time. The most interesting from the perspective of eco-tourism is considered to be the northern part of the country, the province of Golestan, Gilan, Mazandaran and the central part of Iran.
Geopark, Qeshm Island
The largest island of Qeshm is located in the Persian Gulf. It can be considered unique. The island is preserved in its natural form and has not been touched by humans.
The Big Island is surrounded by several small islands (Naz islands), which are connected with a large island at low tide. Another unique phenomenon on the island is the largest mangrove forest in the Middle East. More than 150 species of birds are found in the woods.
The longest cave in the world Namakdan or “Three naked” is located on the island of Qeshm. The cave is about 6 km.
Badab-e-Surt is a natural miracle that has retained its natural beauty. Badab-e-Surt is a limestone stepped terraces that were formed thousands of years. It is located in Mazandaran province, at an altitude of 1840 m above sea level. There are two different spring waters in the pool terraces; the one with a high salt concentration, which has medicinal properties, and the one has a sour taste and orange color. The whole natural complex is striking in its beauty. It is important to note that there are only a few of stepped terraces in the world, and one of them is located on the territory of Iran. The province is famous for its natural and historic attractions and it is considered ideal for ecotourism.
Ecotourism in Iran: Eco villages
In order to attract more tourists in Iran, the government started developing eco-villages, with all conditions to help tourists be closer to nature. In addition, the settlements present the life and traditions of the people so that the tourist will get acquainted with the local customs.
Eco village is located near the Golestan National Park, which is considered one of the most popular places for ecotourism. The house is made of the clay in the traditional style.
Turkmen Ecolodge eco village grows organic vegetables, herbs and fruit which are treated to their guests. In addition to visiting and investigating the National Park the eco-village offers to learn the process of traditional bread baking in a clay oven or learn the craft of carpet weaving.
Matin Abad Eco Camp Eco Resort was one of the first in the country of its kind. In a short time it became an important part of eco-tourism and now it offers to its guest to have a pleasant holiday on eco-farm and be in a close contact with nature. Eco-camp is located in the desert, in Aran va Bidgol province. The entertainment program includes a walk on camels, biking, as well as the study of the night sky in the desert. Eco village offers tourists only organic products and as an alternative to th energy source it uses solar cells.
Mountain valley Bavanat
For those who want to take a closer look at the nomads’ lifestyle, we offer to stop in Bavanat summer houses, located in the Zagros Mountains. The country house has its own garden where they grow fruit and vegetables. Summer cottage is the perfect place to get acquainted with the traditions and life of nomads, taste local dishes and take part in the production of cheese, butter, bread, etc.