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For many locals and tourists in Lebanon during the hot summer months, the obvious option to stave off the heat is lounging by the pool or taking a trip to a coastal city like Tyre.Ecotourism, a form of tourism that enables people to travel and explore nature while minimizing their impact on the environment, took off in the 1970s, but has only recently gained prominence in Lebanon. By enabling travelers to visit the country's nature while helping minimize their environmental impact, ecotourism might benefit Lebanon just as much as the visitors.Noon says ecotourism in Lebanon has undoubtedly grown in the past few years.Ecolodge de Taanayel -- Taanayel The Taanayel Ecolodge was built in 2006 by Lebanese NGO Arcenciel with the aim of promoting sustainable ecotourism. The lodge's design aims to conserve the cultural heritage of the Bekaa region: Its construction mimics the old Lebanese way of building with clay bricks, and visitors can sleep on wool mattresses on the ground for an authentic experience.
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