Mexico wildlife and sea kayaking expedition
Description of Mexico wildlife and sea kayaking expedition
2023: 14 Jan, 4 Feb
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
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PlanetWaste: We operate on a “Leave no trace basis” and endeavor to leave the beaches in a better condition than we find them by removing other people’s rubbish and packing out all our waste.
Energy saving: We have an individual who is responsible for turning off all lights and computers at the end of each working day and checking that none of the taps on the premises are left dripping.
Water saving: We encourage all our clients to bring their own sleeping bags so that we do not have to continually launder our supply. This encouragement is explained to our clients and a higher than usual rental fee helps to perturb people from using our bags. A massive dunk tank (rather than running water supply) is used for rinsing all our gear to avoid water wastage.
Advising travellers to reduce impact: Clients receive a thorough briefing on our leave no trace policy and this in itself emboldens our guests to act as conscientious users in our area of operation. It is received as a positive aspect of their experience rather than ‘extra work’ as our guides go to some length to diplomatically explain the need to preserve our environment.
Purchasing policy: One of the bigger impacts of the marine life is people using non-biodegradable detergents and creams so we encourage people to purchase biodegradable sun cream in our office. We always try and source biodegradable washing detergents for the dishes.
Conservation & education: We educate our clients about the rules and regulations of the national parks and conservation projects. Part of the trip fee includes the park fees so that people ‘inescapably’ contribute to the environmental department – this raises thousands of dollars to help with both conservation of land areas and marine species in Baja.
Office practice: From day one of the internet web sites we stopped producing brochures and pamphlets. Our booking form has been on-line for many years and we recycle all used paper where possible. Our purpose-built office was designed for maximum air-flow, light (and shade) to reduce energy use while ensuring the most comfortable and enjoyable working conditions for our staff.
Marine Conservation: On our whale-watching and whale shark expeditions we are careful to always follow the environmental rules and regulations for observing and interacting with these creatures. Drivers receive many hours of training and understand that both the sharks and cetaceans must never be chased, approached quickly or surrounded by vessels. In Baja the environmental agencies strictly police the area to ensure that no company breaches these rules. This extends to other marine animals such as turtles and dolphins.
We give our clients’ detailed information about the wildlife and conservation of the environment and how our participation can play a positive role in preserving our tourist resources. Baja Outdoor Activities (BOA) bi-annually run student programs that engage people with conservation programs and part of the proceeds goes towards further research and protection of whale sharks and turtles.
PeopleLocal staff: All our staff are paid above the industry standard in Mexico and all bar one woman are hired locally – (we contract one female guide from Canada who has a Mexican work visa because it is hard for us to find enough female guiding expertise for our women’s only trip. This individual is planning to live permanently in Mexico).
Local purchasing policy: We shop locally where possible and much of our menu is created around locally produced meals such as home-made Tamales and locally sourced sea food.
Charity donations: We organize the gathering and distribution of clothes and other essential items to poor areas of Baja California Sur particularly following natural disasters – hurricanes etc.
Community projects: Voluntary beach cleans, educational courses for local schools relating to environmental protection and supporting local government conservation efforts to preserve Isla Espiritu Santo (national park). The latter work involves many hours of work on a monthly basis including strategic meetings to collaborate with ideas and projects to minimize the impact of tourism in this region.