Family vacation to Guatemala and Belize, temples and islands

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family vacation to Guatemala and Belize, temples and islands

Environment

As leaders in travel to Latin America for over 35 years, our focus has always been on providing authentic experiences for our travelers, respecting local communities, conserving the environment and minimising any negative impact of long-haul travel. We are committed to fulfilling these aims and we ensure that all of our vacations reflect this ethos.

We believe that responsible travel should be the only form of travel. From our staff in our London office to our local partners on the ground in Latin America, the essence of responsible travel runs through each part of our operation. This shared commitment to sustainable development manifests itself in various ways: whether it’s our guides who endeavour to protect the environment by encouraging travelers to make responsible choices, the local businesses that are supported through tourism, or the communities that thrive thanks to interaction and cooperation with our local partners, we take great care to demonstrate and implement the values of responsible travel.

Community

This vacation is an excellent way for you and your family to learn about Guatemala’s fascinating culture and Belize’s bio-diverse ecology. Starting in Guatemala one of your first experiences will be of the country’s incredible handicrafts, for which it is famed. You’ll visit the market in Chichicastenango where there will be the opportunity to support local artisans by purchasing their delicate textiles and handicrafts. The vacation continues on to Lake Atitlán where you will all enjoy a kayaking excursion; a very important activity to the local people, your family will be immersing itself in the way of life here.

You will also visit the San Juan La Laguna at the western side of the lake, which will be a chance for you and your family to experience how the Maya Tzutujil indigenous community live. By visiting a number of artisans and workshops that still use traditional methods, including natural dyes to colour their vibrant textiles, and if you choose to purchase any products, you will be helping to boost the local economy.

In Belize your family will stay in the remote riverside lodge at Chaa Creek. The lodge is a strong proponent of sustainable tourism and recognises the importance of giving back to the local community and protecting the environment. It is involved in various social initiatives including an Education Scholarship Program which provides full scholarships to twelve Belizean secondary level students each year. They also support the Leave No Trace program which is a set of principles for participation in outdoor recreation that seeks to minimize the impact on the natural environment.

Our dedication to responsible travel does not end with our vacations: we offer all of our travelers the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions generated by their trip and we donate all of the funds raised into our chosen projects whose aims are to reduce carbon emission and to help alleviate poverty. From installing solar panels in Panama to planting maya nut trees in Guatemala, we are proud to support projects which benefit local communities across Latin America. Our current project, the Atitlán stove programme, supplies fuel-efficient stoves to communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala in an effort to protect the environment and improve living conditions in the region.

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