Mexico culture and history tour, tailor made

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Responsible tourism: Mexico culture and history tour, tailor made

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 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.

- When guests visit the Teotihuacan Archaeological Site and Monte Alban 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. Four Seasons in Mexico City encourages guests to use bicycles to explore the city for less environmental impact and for a colourful experience of the city.

- 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.

-When guests visit Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla and Oaxaca we arrange for them to visit local, often family-run restaurants to experience the local cuisine, immerse in the culture and support the local economy. We also encourage visits to stores that support local artisans. In Oaxaca guests spend a day learning about the local cuisine asnd culture and do a cooking class with a local Zapotec family.

- 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. Some of the hotels also offer experiences that educate guests about the local culture, such as Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel del Allende where guests can take part in local cooking classes. The hotel also runs artisan workshops with locals where guests can learn to paint, sculpture, the history of art in the city, make jewellery or study the language. Las Alcobas hotel in Mexico City arranges private tours for guests that share the culture and highlights of the city.

Casona de la China Poblana hotel in Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it was once the home of Catarina of San Juan, a princess from India. Her legacy lives on in the former residence which focuses on preserving the history of the property and shares the story of her life and how she was embraced by the people of Puebla. The Quinta Real Oaxaca hotel in Oaxaca offers various activities to help guests experience more of the local culture, from cooking classes, visits to the local markets with local guides, private tours of archaeological sites and every Friday the hotel has a traditional Guelaguetza dance with live music, local food and regional art.

- 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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