Fayoum oasis is one of the depressions exist in Egypt too, it exists in the western desert of Egypt as well as Dakhla, Kharga, Farafra, Baharia and Siwa too.
Fayoum used to be the capital of the middle kingdom period in Olden days. A few pyramids exist dates back to the 11th and the 12th dynasties, Hawara, Lahoun too.
Fayoum was one of the most important provinces in the Greek and the Roman periods, known as the crocodile province, some remnants from them can be visited such as Mady city.
One of the most unique trace-full master pieces of Fayoum is what we call the faces of Fayom or the Portraits of Fayum, date back to the first and the second centuries.
The modern city of Fayum has got what remained from the great ocean such as two big skeletons of very ancient whales in the Valley of the whales, the waterfalls of Rayan known as Wadi El Rayan; the only waterfalls that remain in Egypt now.
You can either enjoy the desert safari in Fayom or enjoy a boat ride around the lakes of the oasis, or make use of the nice scenery along with the sand boarding and sand activities
What is ecotourism?
It means Tourism to areas of ecological interest includes green travel, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife, nature travel, responsible travel, ethical travel, mindful travel, conscious travel, and many others.
Ecotourism should adopt more environmentally friendly practices, protect the natural and cultural heritage of a destination, and support local communities.
First of all, it focuses on experiencing and learning more about nature, its landscape, flora, and their habitats, as well as cultural artifacts from the locality. A complicated relationship between the environment and tourist activities is possible when this philosophy can be translated into appropriate approach, useful planning and tactful practicum. Carefully planned and operated ecotourism places & sites, especially if it is a small place or a village-based and includes local interaction too, is able to provide direct advantages that might offset pressure from other less sustainable behaviors and activities that make the maximum use of cultural and natural resources.
Is Egypt tourism industry shifting towards eco-tourism?
Egypt is been always known for its history, ancient civilization and its sites such as pyramids, and temples. Moving toward the ecotourism is a great chance or a sustainable and flourishing tourism. There are a lot of sites considered as a part of the international heritage as per the UNESCO, besides the Valley of the whales known as wadi El Hitan, in Fayoum oasis,
Eco-Tours offer in Egypt here the desert safari tours to a different oasis like Siwa oasis which is a part of the western desert.
There is also a boat tour around the Nile: very Eco-friendly boat not a big cruise with fancy swimming pools.