Belize luxury family holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize luxury family holiday

Environment

Despite its size, Belize is progressive when it comes to eco-tourism with a huge amount of land dedicated to reserves, parks and protected areas. The country is leading community-based tourism projects to support traditional communities in rural settings. Visitors play a crucial role in the sustainability of this environment and support the regions and projects by visiting parks, reserves and protected cultural sites.

- Guests will go on numerous activities to discover the flora, fauna and wildlife of Belize with local expert guides who educate them about the issues the country is facing and how they can support preservation. The will go on river cruises to learn about various plants that have been used traditionally in herbal medicine and learn about the Indian manatees who are based here and how they are being protected.

-Local guides in Ambergris Caye will take guests snorkelling and diving and ensure they are informed about keeping the reefs untouched and the wildlife undisturbed. They also learn about how they can help to preserve the area.

- We use lodges that employ ethical and responsible practices, with a small footprint and an emphasis on educating guests about the surrounding environment. This improves awareness and individual responsibility. Our lodges and hotels are also environmentally sound, relying on renewable energy where possible and local produce and resources. Matachica resort at Ambergris Caye has built the thatched roof cabanas using local materials for minimal impact on the local environment. They also organise diving and snorkelling trips with local guides that ensure responsible methods are used when in the water to protect the local wildlife.

Belcampo Lodge at Punta Gorda is almost completely self-sustained thanks to their organic gardens. The lodge is set in a tropical rainforest and local guides take guests on nature walks to learn about the flora and fauna here, as well as bird watching tours and visits to Mayan sites. Chaa Creek in the Cayo District is ranked one of the world's best eco-lodges and is set on a 365-acre private nature reserve. The lodge has received numerous awards for its sustainable, green tourism through sensitive construction, creative recycling and work closely with local guides to support and preserve the natural areas.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge is an eco-lodge with only six cabanas in the Belize jungle. Local guides take guests on hikes and canoes on the river and educate them about the local wildlife and flora and fauna. The thatched-roof cabanas are rustic with no electrical outputs or air con as the lodge produces its own electricity. The lodge also has its own working farm and gardens, with the produce used in its restaurant.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a wildlife project in Costa Rica. Our environmental charity in Costa Rica is Kids Saving the Rainforest (kidssavingtherainforest.org), which rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals.

Community

- Our guides are locals, which helps us support and sustain the local economy through tourism in a long-term way. It also gives our clients a more authentic experience of a destination and a chance to meet local people, aiding their knowledge of the place and culture. This understanding is key for people to get the most out of a trip and to firm up relationships between locals and tourists.

- Guests are taken to an organic family-run cacao plantation where the local farmer and his family teach them about how it is made and educate them about the industry. They also learn ho to make hot chocolate from scratch - the ancient Maya way and learn about the local culture in relation to chocolate and the area.

- The guests partake in various activities with local guides including snorkelling, diving, horse riding, rafting, nature walks and diving which supports the local guides and ensures their money is going into the local community.

- The hotels and lodges we use are staffed by locals, which follows on from our own policy of only using local guides. This serves to empower the community and create long-term, stable and well-paid jobs.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a school charity based in Ecuador. Our school charity in Ecuador is the Condor Trust (condortrust.org), which helps encourage low-income families to send their children to school. The funds provide uniforms, school materials and books for the children.

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