This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Ecuador holidays, tailor made
On this trip we include a stay in the Hacienda Rodeo Grande. This property has been credited with certificate ISO 14000, due to its care of the environment, and adapted treatment and recycling of the water, to avoid contamination. The extensive land allows the farm to coexist with abundant wildlife, that includes several types of birds, sloths, squirrels, turtles and snakes.
Our travellers are given full briefings by our local guides as to how best to minimise their impact upon the environment, including disposing of litter properly and not damaging plants.
To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace here), to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. We also work with hotels and accommodation providers to offer guidelines on how best to have a low impact upon the environment, from water and electricity conservation to responsible methods of waste disposal.
In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water
We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the indigenous groups that we visit, most of whom retain strong traditions and have not always fully embraced the modern world. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we encourage our travellers to bring traditional gifts such as sugar and tea. We give gifts to the elders of the villages who will then ensure that these are distributed appropriately, rather than just giving them to individuals, which can cause problems, jealousy and fights within small communities. These are very traditional areas wth certain codes of behaviour and the people here are not always that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travellers are appropriately briefed in order not to offend local sensibilities.
We encourage our travellers to purchase local goods from smaller vendors in order to support the local economy rather than just buying from large tourist souvenir emporiums.
We use local guides throughout the trip rather than one guide accompanying the trip from Quito, which helps to ensure that smaller communities are able to benefit from tourist income.
We tend to avoid including meals on our itineraries, and encourage people to get out of the hotels and spread their spending among local businesses, again meaning that the benefits are spread a bit more equitably.
We visit a number of historic sites on this itinerary, and the entrance fees that we pay here place a vital role in ensuring that their heritage is maintained for generations to come.