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46° offers individual hiking tours off the beaten track in Italy with the device; ‘to experience instead of consume’. The company aims to offer a ‘full immersion’ in the different areas, not only by leading them through beautiful and interesting environments but also by offering family run accommodations that share the love and respect for the environment and a fine product, and by providing background information regarding everything that might enhance and respond to the interest in the area; history, nature, culture, general notices and others.
Member since: 21 Feb 2012

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

It goes without saying that 46° cannot do without its ‘providers’ of material and immaterial goods and therefore the recompense is fair and with respect. In one case 46° has given a loan for helping out an accomodation in difficulty. It might not be very professional but very often working with family run accommodations the professional relation turns into friendship, stimulating the wish to bring them as much customers as possible (and stimulating them to treat the 46° customers as good as possible ànd turning work into a very pleasant thing!). All 46° tours take place in areas just outside the touristic flow. In some cases accommodations mainly depend on local and/or national customers, numbers these days decreasing. In other cases accommodations (also) depend on the few adventurous tourists that go off the beaten track, watching though the main touristic flow pass by. Therefore, the 46° customers often create a valuable increment of income for the accommodations and in some cases they are even of vital importance.

Environmental responsibility

Individual walking tours, in case of good behaviour, are of low impact on the natural environment wildlife. The route book of all hikes contain information about the flora and fauna in the area, often it treats as well the geological aspects that are the foundation, in order to enhance the knowledge and interest in matter. The route book of all hikes recommends to deposit waste in the bins provided or to take it to the next accommodation. Where possible, we work with accommodations that offer a menu ‘km 0’: Every tour proposed contains at least 1 night -on most tours 2- in an agriturismo (farmstays). An agriturimo is obliged (for law) that a certain percentage of what is served derives from their own crops/animals and another percentage derives from neighbour farmers (the minimum percentage differs in each region). In some of the cases farming is organic (sometimes certified, sometimes not).

Social responsibility

46° hikes lean heavily on the local community in the sense that the family run accommodations provide their services, their products, their hospitality, their friendliness and care, their knowledge and their stories. It’s them that turn each 46° hike in a unique experience. The experience of the 46°hikes exists not only in living the natural environment but also the history and culture. In Italy you inevitably bump into, sometimes enormous sometimes modest, cultural and/or artistic artefacts. This historic heritage is linked in a way with nowadays Italy and both, past and present, are treated in the route book. “As you learn more, your understanding will grow, and all your senses will be enhanced”.

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