Yucatan wellness and spa vacation in Mexico

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yucatan wellness and spa vacation in Mexico

Environment

Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas and is home to one of the most diverse weather systems in the world. Because of this it has a highly varied environment from tropical beaches to rain forest, mountains and deserts. We support these unique regions by taking travelers into its parks, reserves and other protected zones which ensure the flora, fauna and environment are safeguarded.

-On Holbox Island guests can go bird watching, kayaking, sailing with local guides. This is a good opportunity to get off the beaten tourist trail and support an area that does not receive much money through tourism. It is also an opportunity to learn about preserving the flora and fauna in this region.

- When guests visit the ruins of of Ek Balam and Chichen Itza they go with expert local guides who share the history and stories to the sites and educate and inform them on how they can help support the preservation of these ruins for future generations. They are also advised on how to ensure their visit has as little impact as possible on the sites, such as not touching any monuments and being careful throughout the ruins.

- We use lodges that employ ethical and responsible practices, with a small footprint and an emphasis on educating guests about the surrounding environment. This improves awareness and individual responsibility. Our lodges and hotels are also environmentally sound, relying on renewable energy where possible and local produce and resources. At Celestun Biosphere Reserve guests stay in Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel in thatched cabanas that are in the reserve and are designed to be sustainable and built using local materials. The hotel also offers nature tours of the reserve, bird watching and mangrove tours. The Casa Sandra boutique hotel on Holbox Island has been built with sustainable, natural materials. Here local guides can take guests on excursions around the islands mangroves, to the Mayan sites, or whale shark tours where they learn about how they can support preservation of the island.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a wildlife project in Costa Rica. Our environmental charity in Costa Rica is Kids Saving the Rainforest (kidssavingtherainforest.org), which rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals.

Community

- Our guides are locals, which helps us support and sustain the local economy through tourism in a long-term way. It also gives our clients a more authentic experience of a destination and a chance to meet local people, aiding their knowledge of the place and culture. This understanding is key for people to get the most out of a trip and to firm up relationships between locals and tourists.

- The hotels and lodges we use are staffed by locals, which follows on from our own policy of only using local guides. This serves to empower the community and create long-term, stable and well-paid jobs. At Celestun Biosphere Reserve guests stay in Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel which offers cooking classes for guests to learn about the local cuisine and culture. At Coqui Coqui Valladolid hotel in Merida which is a working perfumery where guests can learn about the local production of the perfume, create their own fragrance or purchase local handcrafts.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a school charity based in Ecuador. Our school charity in Ecuador is the Condor Trust (condortrust.org), which helps encourage low-income families to send their children to school. The funds provide uniforms, school materials and books for the children.

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