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Our company support local communities by providing trainings on sustainable tourism criteria and tourism services ensuring minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit. Also, in every destination, we not only cost the entrances fees but we ensure as well an extra donation to support the local communities to keep improving their services and sustain their families through responsible tourism. We encourage travellerīs to give voluntary contributions to historic and archeological sites via contributions to local NGOs working to conserve cultural areas on site.
A responsible code of conduct is given by the local guides on site. What the travellerīs must do of course is not to take any garbage to the park and if they do so, they have to be aware to bring it back to the city to avoid contamination. Also, by the simple fact of entering the park, travellers are helping to mantain the park as the entrances are charged by the NGO that supports the park and protects it.
At the Waterfalls of Don Juan, you will perform an introductory hike between the trails of the mountains while you enjoy the history of the area told by the locals guides. All the employees are from the community at the surroundings of the Eco Park. Part of the entrance cost is assignated to keep improving the eco infrastructure. At Nahuizalco, you will be taken on a town tour arround the community by the locals visiting their houses and buying candies and souvenirs directly t them. In both destinations you are able to take a snack on site: a bowl of fruit on the waterfalls of Don Juan or a cup of coffee at the local guideīs house. Everything is purchase from the communities. In addition to supporting these local ecotourism initiatives, you will be also able to help local handicraft producers. The hotel at the Coffee Trail is a locally owned hotel that employs people from the area and buy all the food at the town.