Tenerife walking holiday, Canary Islands

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tenerife walking holiday, Canary Islands

UK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.

Leaders & local suppliers:
For many, Tenerife conjures up images of tourist hot spots, buzzing nightlife and value-for-money English breakfasts! So, it’s a refreshing change to offer you the alternative! A walking holiday here introduces you to a side of the island most tourists will never see, such as the Anaga National Park. Few tourists visit here so the impact on the environment by our guests is therefore negligible with natural habitats not under pressure from tourism. This protected mountain range is approximately five million years old and is characterised by numerous and intricate ravines dotted with prominent rock formations, crests and ridges. Its laurisilva forests hide the most diverse and delicate ecosystems on the entire island, featuring dozens of rare, or endemic, plant and animal species.

Staff:
Whilst you are walking, your luggage will be moved by resident staff. They meet you on arrival, go through all maps and route notes with you, suggest off the beaten track places to see and visit locally. Wherever possible, we want you to get under the skin of where you are visiting, so our staff with advise on local markets (to stock up on picnic supplies), family run restaurants if you fancy a sit-down lunch, and one-off artisanal shops where you can see local craftsmen at work. Our staff also move your bags between hotels.

Many of our overseas staff have worked for us for many years now – in fact, the 20 returning staff this summer have, between them, clocked up an impressive 189 years! Each year, our staff attend a 5-day training course which covers all aspects of customer service, product delivery and health & safety overseas. Our dedication to our staff contributes to us being awarded the highest accolade of 3-stars “exceptional” by Investors in Customers last summer.

Group size:
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.

Activity:
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.

We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.

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