The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
Travel with us from Mexico City to Havana and you will experience a Central American vacation that will engage you in a region rich in culture and history, dotted with ancient temples, stunning landscapes and friendly locals. This vacation with will enliven your senses and engage your mind, while at the same time journeying in a manner that minimises our cultural and environmental impact on tour whilst maximising the economic benefits.
We support small, local business by using family run restaurants offering fantastic regional specialities; we stay in comfortable local hotels and guesthouses, including using homestay accommodation for the four nights we spend in Vinales and in colonial Trinidad. This gives travelers a genuine insight into day to day Cuban life in addition to providing an additional regular income for the home owners.
Operated in close collaboration with our partners based in Mexico and in Cuba, your support team on the ground will all be locals, recruited from the regions through which we are traveling; from the drivers to the specialist site guides that will be used to explore the sites of Teotihuacan, Monte Alban and Chichen Itza. Your group leaders will be locals; they will be English speaking and trained to our own high standards. On this tour, groups will have two different leaders, one during the Mexico leg and the second joining you in Cuba. Working in this way not only provides stable long term employment opportunities within Central America, but we believe gives our travelers the best vacation experience possible. The saying goes ‘a little local knowledge goes a long way’ and we believe when traveling this is invaluable.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to join us in ensuring your vacation is as environmentally responsible as possible. Whether exploring the jungle shrouded Mayan sites of Mexico or discovering Cuba’s tobacco region on foot, we ask that you treat the landscape with respect, sticking to marked paths and trails, and disposing of rubbish appropriately. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with this throughout the trip, recycling where ever possible.
For those opting to try snorkelling in Trinidad, we ensure that groups are fully briefed before entering the water on the dos and don’ts of this activity. We want to ensure that delicate environments are preserved for the creatures who call them home, as well as for the traveler who will come after you.
When traveling through hot, often humid regions, hydration is important and we encourage all of our travelers to use refillable water bottles alongside available methods of purification rather than purchasing regular small supplies of bottled water. Even buying a larger bottle and decanting it between group members is preferable to purchasing copious smaller bottles.
The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in the bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion of the bottles then end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments and so we aim to keep their use to a minimum on our trips.