Central American vacation
US $4560 excluding flights
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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PlanetOn our Central America overland tours we visit a number of national parks, including the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Rincon de la Vieja in Costa Rica, and Bastimentos National Marine Park in Bocas del Toro. With thousands of visitors each year, good administration and management of parks is essential in order to preserve these delicate eco-systems and fragile environments. We actively encourage clients to carry all waste out of parks, walk only on designated paths, and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources.
When staying within these parks we use locally owned accommodations which minimise the negative impact of tourism on the surrounding area through conserving water and electricity and employing local staff instead of hiring from the bigger cities. The local tour leader and guides that we use in these areas are instrumental in educating tourists on how to make their visit positive for the environment and surrounding communities.
At Copan, we give our customers the opportunity to visit Macaw Mountain, a Bird Park and Reserve that started off simply as a place to care for abused, hunted or smuggled birds, but which has now begun to develop release programs for Scarlet Macaws, as well as working with the communities to educate and raise awareness of the need for environmental protection. This program has already started to increase cooperation and a sense of pride in the local area, and in 2016 an area of 870 square km around Copan and the ruins was legally declared a protected area for the Macaw, as well as being a symbol for many other projects such as reforestation. A visit to the Macaw Mountain Reserve contributes to their projects.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
PeopleThis trip is mainly an overland adventure, which means that we are constantly visiting small communities where we encourage our groups to shop and buy produce from the local people - at the Masaya Market for example, the stallholders earn a living from selling their handmade goods, which is excellent quality and a great place to buy souvenirs. Our knowledgeable and passionate tour leaders will advise on the best places to contribute and spend money.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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