Accommodation & Meals:
We use predominantly locally run accommodation, which contributes directly to the local community as local staff are employed and locally produced or sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community. We try to use accomodations which are aligned with our environmental ethos, too e.g. in Costa Rica all the hotels used have the CST certification (Certification for Sustainable Tourism): recycling, saving water and energy, local food consumption. Where meals are not provided, clients are encouraged to buy locally grown produce and try the abundance of fresh food being made in smaller businesses. Clients are all provided with one 600 ml bottle and are encouraged to refill it at the in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste.
Local Crafts & Culture:
In Nicaragua we will visit the ‘Pueblos Blancos’ of Catarina and San Juan de Oriente. San Juan de Oriente is best known for its thriving population of artisans and boasts an incredible collection of ceramics, pottery, and woodworking craftsmen. By visiting this village and purchasing handmade products as souvenirs, we support the continuation of these crafts. In Costa Rica we visit Casona Rio Fortuna, taking in a series of cultural visits that will provide us with an inside view of Costa Rica’s most important traditions. It includes visits to a local community school and to La Casona, a historical manor where we will be immersed in the traditional rural lifestyle of the region. In Panama we will visit a coffee farm with the opportunity to learn about the process of coffee production and to purchase coffee to support the local community. Having the opportunity to purchase locally made handicrafts encourages cultural exchange and provides a significant form of alternative income. Guides are careful to explain that any souvenirs on sale over the duration of the trip which are made from animal parts, shells or local hardwoods should not be purchased.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise
From £2845 - £3739 16 days including UK flights