Cape Verde walking and cultural vacation

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Responsible tourism

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Environment
On this program we strive to preserve and protect delicate routes and natural habitats in order to not enhance mass-tourism in remote areas and minimise the effects of our presence in such areas. We therefore choose routes for the program that are specific for Tourism and trekking and avoid exploring remote areas to protect and conserve remote areas.

We inform client about lack of water on Cape Verde and water use prior to starting the program to minimize overuse of water. This is also seen written on the programs and therefor ask travelers to minimize the use of water. Reducing water usage helps keep water use sustainable which is much needed on small Islands. In general at the family guesthouses wastewater leftover water from the kitchen, cleaning, laundry is reused for use in the garden for crops etc.

Clients also stay at family guesthouses en route, staying at family guesthouses benefits the community welfare by protecting natural space and resources. Small guesthouses need less space and less cutting of trees to make space for big hotels example. Also small family guesthouses are more open to proper care of waste.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this program we do cultural visits to learn about the socio - development. In this way the money generates back to the community. As a percentage of the trip is used for the social programs.

We also use local restaurants and stayovers to empower micro/small businesses. On the trip for example we pass by Cha' d Igreja where we have a traditional meal with a farmer's family. To furthermore support local farmers we also pass by routes where we are able to see the local production of rum inside the valley.

We strongly believe in the human rights protection of local people, in specific the protection of young females being exposed. We give a voice to this through the women´s empowerment program. We also strongly believe in the human rights protection of Children and bring awareness on the subject of child protection where tourism is concerned. To this end we have set up a educational program to learn more about the impact of Tourism on Cape Verde. To be able to do our programs of empowerment part of the money earned from the trip goes to such a program so these programs are given at our cost for free to the community.

Climate

2 Reviews of Cape Verde walking and cultural vacation

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Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020 by

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


The whole trip was excellently planned and Lidiana our guide was a fantastic host. The places we visited were incredible and left a lasting impression.

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




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


Yes, our trip visited local towns and we were catered for in small local cafes which took business to those areas.

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


We had an amazing trip, visited some beautiful places and met some really interesting people.

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020 by

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


The 4 x 4 journey to Tarrafal on Day 2 with a daredevil driver! The volcanic scenery was spectacular, and there were beautiful beaches with abundant marine life. We really enjoyed the long discussions we had with Lidiana, the tour organiser.

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


Take a sense of humour and a relaxed attitude - then you won't be worried by lack of information about the trip and lack of warning about what the facilities will be like.

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


Yes - our organiser donated money from the sum that we paid for the vacation to a local school. We employed local guides and stayed in relatively modest (sometimes very modest) guesthouses. And we stayed in an eco-hotel, which was a great experience.

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


It was very different from anything else we have experienced, as it was tailor-made rather than being for an organised group. From the first welcome at the airport, the organiser, was extremely friendly and helpful, and went out of her way to make us feel welcome.

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