Cuba Christmas & New Year tour

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Responsible tourism: Cuba Christmas & New Year tour

Environment

We aim to:
Use locally owned infrastructure for accommodation and transport where possible.
Provide opportunities for travelers to interact with local people.
not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots, dried shells or coral. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of the region has to be protected at all costs.
Limit the physical impact of trips in all destination communities - particularly sensitive natural and cultural environments.
Actively ban leader and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on our trips.
Actively discourage the participation of our groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic. This includes zoos, aquariums, some breeding farms, & horse and carriage rides. We strongly recommend ethically and ecologically responsible alternatives, such as responsible whale and dolphin watching operations, or horse riding where animals are well cared for.
**We DO NOT endorse any dolphinariums, swim with Dolphins, or the National Acuario in Havana.
Use local operators that adhere to Big Planet Adventures' Responsible Travel Philosophies and provide the best possible service to our travelers and staff.
Educate travelers and our operators about how and why we choose to travel this way and work to protect our environment.
We encourage accommodation hosts and our tour leaders to provide large water dispensers to re-fill water bottles. By doing this and avoiding excess packaging we do not contribute to an already chronic waste disposal problem.
Respect native marine life and marine mammals such as Star fish, turtles, coral & dolphins and the depletion of the lobster from over fishing in the caribbean.

Community

Within the local community we aim to:
Seek out and support locally owned businesses.
Support local businesses during eco-travels to ensure maximum community and conservation benefit from our spending
Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
Create partnerships with smaller local companies where possible, rather than larger international ones.
Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
Provide support to organisations and local communities visited by our groups.
Limit the negative impacts to daily lifestyles of local people not involved with our groups.
Actively Respect local customs and culture.
Support and encourage fair employment practices.
We donate money to NGO's and projects that are relevant to the areas we travel to (wherever possible).
We encourage our clients to bring 5kg medical packs to Cuba and also, to leave behind any unwanted personal travel medical kits, toiletries and other useful items for local communities.
We try to supply as much as possible pens and pencils and there small items to local schools where they have limited access to these items.
We pay a high rate to our local suppliers and do not encourage cheap labour in anyway. We support the community by paying full wages and no commissions to encourage responsible local ethical business.
All our groups stay and eat with locals so all our travelers are directly supplying an income to local towns, we also do not pre charge for activities, so travelers use a 'pay as you go' system, paying for only what they use (no prepaid unused activities!)
By paying directly to the supplier and NOT through us as a third party the local community earns more and have direct contact in providing the service to the traveler.

1 Reviews of Cuba Christmas & New Year tour

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Reviewed on 08 Jan 2018 by

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


Bonding with my tour group mates, tour guide and the people of Cuba.

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


Be flexible, kind and polite. It will greatly increase your pleasure! Pretty and functional water bottles are highly desired gifts. People literally begged me for
my water bottle. Do not give to beggars! If you want to give gifts have your guide or case owners help you find the right way to distribute your gifts.

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


Yes. I made sure to support local artists, musicians, restaurants and businesses through my patronage. I also packed gifts for my hosts and many toys and snacks to be discreetly distributed in the towns where we visited.

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


I loved my vacation. Only a few minor recommendations were made by me on the other review - how the casa particulars could improve their offerings by
adding a few things like slip free mats on shower floors, and making a few changes in the variety of items on the breakfast menu.

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