Ecotourism and regenerative travel are two approaches to tourism that both incorporate sustainability and responsible travel, but there are some key differences between the two.

Ecotourism intends on minimizing negative impacts on environments and supporting conservation efforts. It involves visiting natural areas with a commitment to learning about and preserving local ecosystems. Ecotourists aim to leave a minimal footprint on the destinations they visit by opting for eco-friendly accommodations, responsible wildlife viewing, and adhering to ethical travel guidelines. 

Regenerative travel deepens the level of sustainability by aiming to not just conserve environments; but also actively contribute to their restoration and improvement. By supporting community led and guided sustainability initiatives, regenerative tourism restores ecosystems, builds connections, and deepens our understanding of and relation with nature and others. Regenerative travelers seek out destinations where they can foster positive change that will last for generations.

Ultimately, ecotourism focuses on reducing negative impacts on the environment, while the main goal of regenerative travel is to actively enhance the destinations we visit, leaving behind a positive legacy of sustainability and community support. 

At First Nature Tours, regenerative travel is a main focus. We facilitate multiple regenerative tours, partner with stakeholders looking to make a difference in the travel industry. We continuously educate ourselves and educate our guests through specially guided experiences with nature. We are grateful to the communities and environments in which we operate and build the principles of sustainable travel into each tour we operate.

For more information about the regenerative travel experiences we currently offer, check out the itineraries below. If you’re interested in creating a completely customized regenerative experience, connect with one of our expert itinerary designers today!

Willamette River: Wine and Regeneration

McKenzie River Regeneration Tour

Olympic Peninsula Regenerative Tour


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Embark on a day tour of Northwest Washington. Begin your journey with a mesmerizing visit to the iconic Snoqualmie Falls, where cascading waters create a natural wonder that has been a local icon for hundred of years. Then, indulge in delightful wine tasting experiences in Woodinville's renowned wineries and tasting rooms, savoring a variety of stellar vintages amidst the backdrop of a growing culinary destination right in Seattle's back yard.


Over the course of this immersive experience, indulge in the finest wines Washington has to offer as you traverse the picturesque landscapes of Woodinville, Yakima, and Walla Walla. Discover the artistry behind each bottle through intimate vineyard tours, expert-led tastings, and enlightening conversations with winemakers. This tour promises not only exceptional wines but also a deeper appreciation for the intricate craft of winemaking within Washington's diverse terroirs.

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