Belize and Guatemala holiday, tailor made

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize and Guatemala holiday, tailor made

Environment

Travel and tourism can both benefit and damage the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. We know how mass tourism, unrestricted hotel building, poorly devised tours and environmentally destructive activities can bring money flooding in and governments have, in a spirit of short termism, been tempted to accept them. But experience teaches us that in the long term this sort of uncontrolled activity can be detrimental to the country's development.

As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. We work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants. When selecting accommodation, we give preference to hotels, lodges and cruise vessels which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices.

In San Ignacio, Belize, you will stay at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. You will be impressed by their exemplary record when it comes to sustainable tourism: environmental and social responsibility runs through every single strand of their operation. Conservation projects are continually being undertaken and supported by The Lodge at Chaa Creek: each year The Lodge hosts and educates hundreds of local and overseas students and sponsors internship positions in ecotourism and responsible travel through various programs at their Natural History Centre, Blue Morpho Butterfly Breeding Centre and other operations. Other conservation projects they have supported have included a Howler Monkey Reintroduction programme and Bay Palm Reforestation initiative.

They encourage their guests to actively participate in their conservation efforts by explaining their environmental policies upon arrival and gently reinforcing environmental awareness amongst guests through written conservation messages in each guest room, for example encouraging guests to re-use towels as much as possible in order to save water and energy. They produce their own water using state-of-the-art filtrations systems and provide guests with hygienic water refilling stations and souvenir aluminium water bottles in an effort to reduce the use of plastic bottles. You can take these away and use them throughout the rest of this trip.

When it comes to respecting the historical and cultural attractions visited on this tour, you can rest assured that our guides on the ground have been impeccably trained to ensure that your visit creates little negative impact. They will advise you on how you can reduce your impact at fragile archaeological sites such as Tikal by ensuring you know how and where to dispose of your litter, ensuring you keep to dedicated footpaths and advising you against touching the delicate stonework.

Community

We pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America and immersing them in the culture of the places they visit. In Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, you will visit lakeside villages such as Santiago de Atitlán and meet the people who live on the communities of its shores. You will be greeted by enthusiastic children who will likely offer to show you where the local idol, Maximón, who moves annually to a different house, is currently located. This is an authentic experience that really gives you an insight into the culture of the local area and creates a strong bond between tourists and local people.

On your way back to Antigua you will visit the market in Chichicastenango where there will be the opportunity to support local artisans by purchasing their delicate textiles and handicrafts: whether you buy the extravagant hand-carved masks, good-quality leather goods or some of the striking textiles, clothes and tapestries, or even purchase some fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers, you will be supporting the local economy and be immersed in the bustling way of life of the market.

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