Sustainable Travel Search Engine Debuts

Green travelers looking for a better way to find sustainable travel options that have been certified as such can now turn to the Rainforest Alliance, a leading environmental non-profit, for research help. The organization launched recently (or rather we should say, relaunched – see below), an online travel search engine.

This website, according to the Rainforest Alliance, “is a database of hotels, tour operators, and other businesses (such as restaurants) in Latin America and the Caribbean that have been certified by a sustainable tourism certification program, verified by the Rainforest Alliance, or recommended as being sustainable by a reputable organization.” is not entirely new – it has been online since 2005 as the Eco-Index of Sustainable Tourism, but it now boasts a better search engine, updated design, Google maps integration and French language content.

image via Rainforest Alliance

The site is also available in French and Spanish languages. It is supported by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.

“ is a valuable, unique resource in that it provides travelers, tour operators and travel agents with a credible, comprehensive listing of sustainable tourism options from a trusted conservation NGO,” said Ronald Sanabria, vice president of tourism for the Rainforest Alliance, in a statement. “The sustainability claim of each business is verified before it is listed on the site.”

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