Responsible tourism: Guatemala and Belize Birdwatching small group tour
The true value of our tours is the deep knowledge and professionalism of the local teams that we work with, which includes travel advisors, tour guides and drivers. All of them have a long background of field work and the best training and are dedicated to organising tours focused on sustainability and with respect for the environment. The national culture and nature are part of their lives so they are the best people to help you get the best out of your experience.
On this tour you will visit Tikal National Park in Guatemala and Yaxha National Park in Belize, both of which are part of the nucleus areas of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of conservation activities. The Reserve boasts an astounding diversity of plant and animal life, hundreds of Mayan ruins and communities that are managing the forest responsibly, ensuring its existence for future generations. The money received from your entrance fees to the Parks is essential for these activities.
You will also stay at places such as Las Guacamayas Biological Station in Guatemala. This research and conservation centre seeks to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Laguna del Tigre National Park, which is part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Petén. It is named for the scarlet macaw parrot, which is endemic to Guatemala. On arrival, you will be given an introduction on the activities of the station, including their solid waste management, research programmes, conservation and social projection.
We support local communities and their traditions, trying as much as possible to use suppliers that are committed to sustainable practices while working with them in the implementation of these. This also leads to the improvement of the quality of the services offered. Our local representatives in Guatemala and Belize work together with the different service providers such as hotels, restaurants, community projects, local leaders and guides, based on the agreement for Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism, established by Rain forest Alliance in 2006.
Although this is essentially a bird watching and nature tour, you will also have many opportunities to interact with local communities and to visit projects such as an experimental Organic Macadamia Farm.
You will also visit the Santiago Zamora Cooperative, a women´s association that focuses on showing visitors their local daily activities at home. This begins with a demonstration of the local textiles and you will learn about the whole process from how to form the threads, to how to use the traditional back strap loom until the final cloth. You will learn how to make a cup of coffee from the coffee bean to the cup. You will also have the opportunity to dance with them to their local music and to enjoy a local meal of "Pepian".