Brazil luxury beach holiday, Bahia

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Brazil luxury beach holiday, Bahia


Responsible Travel is at the cornerstone of our philosophy and its precepts are integrated into every itinerary that we prepare. Travel can bring many benefits to the traveller as well as to the countries visited. Over the last years, Brazil has become an increasingly popular tourism destination. Growth, however, must be sustainable to be beneficial. Fortunately a lot of initiatives are taking place in the field of responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Different kinds of accommodations are implementing sustainable practices and several community projects and conservation projects are initiated.
We try to accompany the developments in the field of sustainable tourism as carefully as possible, although it is almost impossible to check everything personally. Consequently, we have to rely on organizations that are specialized in assessing, for instance, the sustainable practices of hotels, lodges and other suppliers; practices that should minimize possible negative effects of tourism, while unlocking and increasing possible benefits at the same time. Core to our business is the belief that holidays can and should be enjoyable but at the same time that they should be conducted in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner which brings benefit to local communities.This is implemented through a variety of measures which are outlined here

Sustainability implies a long-term commitment to our customers, suppliers, collaborators, employees and the community through practices that respect the environment and support the development of the communities that constitute our activities and services. We believe to be able to contribute to sustainable development by generating client-satisfaction, offering fair trade to our suppliers, and leaving a positive legacy in economic, social and environmental terms. To do so we aim to minimize any negative impact of our activities and organize our services through clear and measurable processes.

Pre-Trip Notes: Prior to travel we send all clients a trip dossier which is a detailed set of trip notes which not only include an in depth overview of their holiday but which also give responsible travel guidelines.

On Trip Advice: Whilst on tour our local guides are on hand to provide relevant advice on how to behave in an appropriate and responsible manner including recycling practices.

Social and Environmental Projects: Our primary focus is on social rather than environmental projects as these are more prevalent in Brazil and elsewhere in South America such as the Morrinho favela project which we encourage clients to visit when on holiday in Rio de Janeiro.


This beach break is more than a luxury holiday - we have specifically chosen Uxua Casa for the accommodation as it promotes sustainability, community and education. Recently selected as a finalist for Virtuoso's 2015 Sustainability Award, the hotel boasts an impressive list of attributes including employing local people, teaching English and only using organic products. Uxua supports Associação Despertar Trancoso - a project which works with local young people within the arts and also develops career skills within sustainable tourism.

It also campaigned vivaciously for the UNESCO title for the Brazilian form of dance known as 'Capoeira'. It now opens its doors and allows students of 'Capoeira Sul da Bahia' to have lessons within the hotel (with 100% of the class cost going to the school) and also hosts the annual Capoeira Sul da Bahia congress.

The hotels stunning location on the beach has also helped to shape the community. Uxua only buys seafood from the fisherman who use sustainable fishing methods (hand lines) and are from Trancoso, which ensures guests can relax and know the food they have during their stay is locally sources and environmentally friendly.

On our tours we may use guides to take you around important sites, and give you further insight. These guides are always local, without exception. Our experience is that our clients greatly enjoy the insight into the local culture and way of life that can be provided by a local guide.

All of our itineraries are conducted in conjunction with carefully selected local partners that have been rigorously vetted to ensure that they operate in a responsible manner. The companies we work with similarly share our belief in responsible tourism. Many of our suppliers are members of ABETA, a Brazilian organisation whose aim it is to promote sustainability within the tourism sector and to encourage more people to adhere to such beliefs.

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