Accommodation & Meals:
We use predominantly locally run accommodation, which contributes directly to the local community as local staff are employed and locally produced or sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community. We try to use accomodations which are aligned with our environmental ethos, too e.g. Hotel Casantica Oaxaca has water saving showers and taps. Where meals are not provided, clients are encouraged to buy locally grown produce and try the abundance of fresh food being made in smaller businesses. For example, your local guide will give an interactive tour of several markets in Oaxaca to give a real impression of Oaxacan cuisine. Clients can even see tortillas, tamales, empanadas, atoles and hot chocolate being made. This is a great chance to support the local community and to gain a really authentic cultural experience.
Local Crafts & Culture:
Mexico has such a deep and rich culture and this is reflected in the variety of handmade crafts on offer. We try to engage with these cottage industries as much as possible- for example, we visit a Zapotec community which makes traditional weavings and pottery in a myriad of colours. Clients learn about the weaving process and purchase handmade products as souvenirs. By visiting this village, we support the continuation of these ancient production techniques which have remained unchanged for centuries.
This small group tour has a maximum of 15 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size e.g. Casa Don David, which has its own botanical gardens where clients can learn about the ancient Mayan plants which grow there and their uses.
We actively work with local communities and non-profit organizations with missions based in conservation & sustainable development to make good on the promise of ecotourism as a catalyst for sustainable development. We are an active member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and sit on the Board of Advisors of Oceanic Society. We are also working with Grupo Tortugero and RED Sustainable Travel to operate travel experiences that protect the local environment, gather information about the state of the environment, and provide alternative economic activities to traditional resource depleting activities.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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