Sri Lanka walking holiday
Description of Sri Lanka walking holiday
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PlanetFor customers keen to avoid buying single use plastic bottles, we encourage them to take advantage of our discounted filter Water-To-Go bottle which removes over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants in water. Whilst in Sri Lanka all clients are offered a reusable water bottle and every hotel will have clean drinking water available at breakfast so customers can fill bottles with water for the day thus complete avoiding the need to purchase and use single use water bottles.
Wherever possible clients are offered locally grown and prepared food. We enjoy an excursion into the jungle. The village guide walks us through the jungle looking out for wildlife, particularly elephants that live wild here. Walking is a low carbon form of transport. We finish the walk at the local village and enjoy locally grown food picked from the fields surrounding the village.
We actively discourage clients from drinking expensive imported alcohol but suggest anybody wanting alcohol consumes locally made beers. This reduces food miles and increases local employment
PeopleWe work with local suppliers and use local guides. On the coach we have a driver, a guide and a bus boy who loads and unloads the baggage and checks customers have everything they need for the journey. Thus, we maximise employment opportunities. The role of bus boy is particularly important as it provides aspiring young Sri Lankan tourist professionals with exposure to international tourists and is an excellent basic training for any Sri Lankan considering a career in tourism.
We cap passengers at a maximum of 18 customers so as not to impact on the environment and every customer has the best opportunity to engage with the locals. This maximises cultural exchange to the great benefit of all parties. This is an important aspect of tourism in Sri Lanka as English is more widely spoken amongst the population. Thus there is greater opportunity for cultural exchange with many benefits for both parties.
We actively persuade customers to buy local beer, this helps with local employment