Colombia vacation, small group

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Responsible tourism: Colombia vacation, small group

Environment

Waste - As a member of AITO, we adhere to the AITO Sustainable Tourism Guidelines and as such, we aim to protect the environment and minimise pollution both by on-tour practices and procedures in our offices around the world. On this tour through Colombia, we visit several sites of natural beauty such as Tayrona National Park and the Rosario Islands, as well as the historic centres of important colonial cities such as Santa Marta and Villa de Leyva. When visiting these areas, our tour leaders make sure that our travelers respect signage, follow the instructions of the local guides and do not leave any litter. They also ensure that they do not take any rocks or plants away with them, or buy souvenirs made of endangered materials. In our administrative offices, we only use paper, water or electricity when it is necessary, and we reuse and recycle the resources that we do use to make sure that a minimal amount of waste is produced by our office procedures.

Transport - On this tour we travel around Colombia using public transport, principally local buses. By sharing this widely-available form of transport, we are able to reduce our impact on the local environment by sharing vehicles and thus reducing carbon emissions. Traveling on public transport also means that we can interact authentically with local people as we travel around the country.

Community

Friends and Neighbours - One of the principle aims of our responsible travel policy is to support local economies. We ensure that our tours provide maximum opportunities to engage with local people, so that local economies benefit directly from our business and our travelers gain a genuine insight into a region and its people. The optional excursions that we can help to arrange while on this tour, such as a trip to the Totumo Volcano or a city tour of Cartagena, help to support jobs and the local economy because they are run by local operators. We also recommend that our travelers eat and drink at locally-owned restaurants or bars to ensure that local businesses benefit as much as possible from our tours traveling through the region.

Traveling with Respect – On our website’s responsible travel pages we provide a list of tips on creating good relationships between our travelers and the local communities that we visit on our tours. For example, for this tour we would recommend that clients learn some Spanish to try and connect with the local people, and we would advise researching the history, religion and local traditions of Colombia to help them appreciate the architecture and culture of those countries and thereby get the most from their trip while respecting local customs.

Reviews of Colombia vacation, small group

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The lush, beautiful scenery in the South of Colombia.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that so many of the activities our tour operator mentioned are NOT available, i.e. horse-riding, bicycle tour, tubing, white water rafting - latter not allowed for over 60's. This caused major disappointment for many of the group.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Tiring (lots of long road journeys, plus several flights due to the size of the country) but a fabulous vacation nonetheless!
Tour op to respond to Q2, Q3, and Q4 - 20/02/2017

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for your feedback. We are so pleased that you had a good time in Colombia.

Regarding optional excursions being not available, age restrictions were implemented by the providers of these excursions and we were not informed until your tour went through San Gil. We have since updated our website to show this. We apologise for the inconvenience.

We go to great efforts to travel responsibly in every country we operate in. We only stay in locally owned hotels, visit local restaurants and travel on public transport, reducing our impact on the environment considerably. However, we are always looking at ways to do more and welcome any suggestions. Please feel free to email us as this will allow us to constantly improve our tours for future travelers.

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