You can minimize your impact on the environment and cultural heritage when you travel. Here we share some ideas for a fun and eco-friendly travel. Be grateful with the world you travel.
Respect and support
If you do not speak Spanish try to learn some words before your arrival and use them, locals will give you a big smile back!
Always ask first. If you want to enter private properties or to take photos of people and their crafts take a minute to check out how locals feel about that.
Support locals. Buy souvenirs directly from native or rural communities – which are often the one with traditional handmade products and crafts – and pay a fair price; do not insist on haggling to get the lowest price. Encourage entrepreneurship among modest communities by purchasing their crafts or goods instead of giving cash. Also you can think of bringing/buying books, notebooks, pencils, etc. to give away. Both of these are better options than giving cash as it can too easily disappear and promote the culture of begging.
Eat and drink local produce, it is carbon friendly! Ask for stores with local goodies, restaurants with local cuisine, bakeries and breweries and let your taste buds delight with our tropical flavors.
Protect and preserve
Support conservation by paying entrance fees to National parks and historical sites.
Never disturb, touch or feed wild animals. Don’t purchase crafts, clothing or other products made out from animal species, especially if you don’t know which are protected or endangered.
Stick to the path when hiking, always stay on marked trails and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter. Going off the beaten path could mean you trample on protected or endangered plants.
Enjoy the culture exchange and forget about stereotypes. Resist the urge to propose “solutions”, if you want to help preserve indigenous cultures listen instead to what they need.
At hotels: avoid getting clean towels when not necessary, don't have long showers, remember to turn off TV, lights and a/c when leaving the room.
Minimize your waste: grab only the maps and brochures that you will actually use. Avoid room service and carry-out which increase waste.