North Cyprus hiking vacation

“Base yourself in Bellapais village for five days of fairly easy going walking to be achieved over the course of a morning or afternoon. Efficient transfers to and from trail heads allow plenty of time by the pool or at the beach.”

Highlights

Besparmak Mountain Trail | Arapkoy valley and Mediterranean views | Kantara Crusader Castle | Alevkaya Forest Trail | Bellapais village | Antiphonitis Monastery |

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North Cyprus hiking vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Preserving natural and cultural heritage is part of our mission statement. We take seriously the impact that tourism has on the environment. As most of our customers are nature lovers and responsible travelers, we believe that the more people come to enjoy our tours, the more the local community becomes aware of the potential for responsible tourism and learns how to value and protect the environment, culture and traditions for the future.

As part of this package, our agent gives a briefing to our customers which includes environmental advice. In order to protect flora and fauna, we advise customers to keep to the trail so they don’t damage vegetation; to leave only footprints in the nature; never take any rocks, plants, flowers or cuttings; never to get close to animals but make use of binoculars; take picnics (no fire lighting). Our advise regarding waste is not to leave any rubbish behind and dispose of everything in a proper manner. Also as water on the island is so scarce, we advise them to take short showers and when on the hikes to take refillable bottles and not disposable / plastic ones.

We constantly give environmental tips to the hotels. The waste advice is to use refillable shampoo, soap and lotion containers; choose durable goods such as drinking glasses and coffee cups; durable sheets that do not need constant replacing. On the water saving we advise them to put up signs for sheet and towel replacements so that only when the items are on the floor, they need to be replaced. We encourage suppliers to put an emphasis on fresh, local food, to reduce plastic packaging and save energy. We explain the negative impact of cleaning chemicals. On routine visits (e.g. checking up on the condition of the accommodation), we hold short meetings on the standard of cleanliness we expect and on how to make use of alternative cleaning materials that do not damage the environment.

On a day to day basis, in our office, we do not use plastic; scrap paper is used for printing and note taking; envelopes are recycled.

Our team members are heavily involved with Çatalköy‘s Gelistirme ve Kultur Dernegi (CADER) organization, which was the initiator of the north Cyprus children’s conference. This organization won a grant from SAVE (Supporting Activities that Value the Environment) USAID, to implement a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags in the northern part of Cyprus. Children participating in the initiative performed a dance under the sounds of sombre music. They covered themselves in a massive plastic sheet and got tangled up in it. This signified the suffocation of the planet. They played this in several supermarkets to inform the public against the use of plastic bags. Bags for life were distributed.

USAID sponsored a water saving campaign in North Cyprus - Damlaya damlaya yok olur – Drop by drop it disappears. Members of our team distributed leaflets, stuck magnets and sticky durable notes into restaurants, toilets, bars and supermarkets. It was a massive campaign that lasted several months.

We are a member of Kuskor, the north Cyprus society for the protection of birds. We have been supporting this organization since it was founded.

Community

On this tour, we accommodate customers in the village of Bellapais. Bellapais is a central point for the walks which the customers are going to do in this package. Their accommodation is a in resort above Bellapais village. It offers stunning views due to its lofty location. The management is a strong believer in supporting the local community. The internal design work in the rooms is done with local craftsmanship and local material like bamboo and wood comes from sustainable forests. The vegetables come from the hotel garden when these are in season and available. Breakfast foods like jams and marmalades are home made. Part of the energy used is environmentally clean as the hotel makes use of solar panels for water heating.

We have designed this tour keeping the transfer times and distances to a minimum in order to curb pollution. The transfers are done by local drivers. The travel times to the start of walks are about 30- 45 minutes and one of them is around the village itself and as such there is no need for transportation. The package is on a Bed and Breakfast basis, therefore we hope that our clients will walk to the village and make use of local restaurants, bars and minimarkets.

Our efforts go to endorsing local events and festivals which promote local culture and help preserve long standing Cypriot traditions. At the same time there is the chance of interaction and communication between the cultures. As part of our customer care, we notify our guests of any events occurring during the period of their stay.

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


The views from the mountains across to the sea.

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


Prepare for all weather types if you go in March. It gets cold in the morning and evening.

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


Everything at the hotel felt local and authentic. The taxi drivers knew everyone. A man waited for us to finish our walk and kept the Church open for us. He made us refreshments.

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


This vacation exceeded our expectations. The accommodation had character and throughout our stay we began to become very attached to the staff and were sad to say goodbye! Thank you for making us so welcome. The hotel catered for dietary requirements; there was no menu, the chef offered us options of authentic Cypress dishes prepared from local ingredients. Grapefruit at breakfast was from the garden. Taxi pick up and drop up to the walks was reliable. The drivers seemed to know all the locals. The instructions for the walks were mostly clear but the emergency phone provided was answered promptly if clarification
of the right direction was needed. The tour operator checked in with us regularly and helped us organise any additional trips whilst we were there. The walks themselves were stunning and often ended with a cultural heritage site. We were treated as individuals and got to meet some great local people as well as visit places off the beaten track. Thank you for such a genuine experience.

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