Self guided walking holiday, Cyprus

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Self guided walking holiday, Cyprus

Environment

Wildlife: We love to share our beautiful island with Cypriots and visitors alike. Our efforts to present Cyprus wildlife in order to educate people about it go back to 2002, with the production of a trilingual website with extensive information on the flora and fauna of Cyprus (thousands of relevant photos and info on nearly 400 bird species, 30 mammals, nearly 400 selected plant species and 50 mushroom species, as well as the reptiles of Cyprus). Furthermore a number of flora and fauna photos are shared regularly through social media (more to remind people of the richness of our island).

Where possible, we design our travel packages with the intention of enriching our clients experience by taking them through places where it is possible (but never certain) that they will spot very local wildlife. Travellers have the possibility to spot moufflon (a shy, local wild sheep subspecies that resides in Paphos Forest but also wanders further east, near Marathasa Valley, where the village of Pedoulas is and even all the way to Olympus peak). Travellers may also have the possibility to spot green or loggerhead turtles, many of which visit the north Akamas coast to feed in the warm season (about 2,000 individuals lay eggs in summer on the island) - and we always provide instructions on the best and most responsible ways to view any wildlife we encounter.

Transportation: We aim to minimise as much as possible the use of transportation on our trip because this would be in the interest of the environment in general and of our clients in particular since this is reflected in a lowering in the price of the package. We encourage our clients to use local public transportation as much as possible and we use local taxi when public transportation is not efficient or non-existent. We use a local taxi to transport our clients from the airports because there is no efficient public transportation to Kakopetria village (from Larnaca or from Paphos airport customers would need otherwise to use three public buses to reach Kakopetria). We include no transportation from Troodos mountains to Paphos, from Paphost to our clients’ accommodation near Akamas and from the last hotel to an airport because we consider public buses to be of an adequate quality for the specific purpose. We encourage our clients to visit a number of local attractions (many of the six Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted churches) on foot.

Community

Friends & Neighbours
In the specific package we do not include dinner even though it would probably be a bit cheaper for the traveller. We prefer to encourage travellers to explore the local communities and benefit a larger number of locals by spreading their spending. This interaction and financial benefit gives an incentive to the wider community to conserve their heritage. When we use taxi's (especially long distance) we make a best effort to use locals instead of professionals living in the cities because we like to support the local, rural economy.

Local crafts and culture
Our services are about authentic experiences, and cultural heritage is one large element of these. Local cuisine is a living component of our cultural heritage, reflecting the intermixing of a number of civilisations that came to the island. We encourage visitors to try the local cuisine (including halloumi, the Cyprus cheese), because we consider it of high quality. We encourage travellers to visit at least one rural winery (on their free day) since the island has a long wine history and indigenous grape varieties not found anywhere else (like Xynisteri, Maratheftiko and Spourtiko). Such visits in turn benefit the wine makers and provide them an incentive to continue to cultivate the ancient vineyards and produce quality wine. We encourage travellers to visit many of the Unesco World Heritage sites on the route (six of the ten Troodos painted churches and Nea Paphos – mosaics and Tombs of the Kings), and possibly other attractions on the itinerary, watermills, a medieval bridge, picturesque villages and even ancient trees, as it greatly enriches their experience and may also benefit the local communities.

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