Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low impact and often small alternative to (mass) standard commercial tourism scale. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, and to foster respect for different cultures and human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations can enjoy destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism. In general, ecotourism offers live parts of natural environments. Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism intends to offer tourists insight into the impact of humans on the environment, and promote a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.