Madeira hiking holiday, self guided
Description of Madeira hiking holiday, self guided
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe island of Madeira, as a destination, boasts a wide diversity of opportunities for environmentally friendly leisure and recreation, and was voted as the best island destination in Europe, since 2013. This award recognizes the best practices in the tourism sector.
By promoting this walking tour, we guarantee that our outdoors adventures through Portugal are environmentally-friendly and provide a greener alternative in the tourism industry. Walking is a perfect way to explore this island without pollution, creating a marginal Co2 emission during your stay in Madeira.
Water is one of the most precious resources on Earth. Even in countries where there is no lack of water supply, energy is consumed to treat water and in sewage systems; the excessive consumption of water can affect the groundwater causing pollution.
To face these problems we encourage our guests and ask our tour leaders to follow the following policies: wash the dishes in a container instead of leaving the water running; contaminated water should be eliminated on the ground at least 30m (100ft) from a water spring or river, and only when there is no sink available; always use biodegradable soap for hiking or biking activities and never near a lake or a river; never pour water with oil or food residues in a watercourse; reuse water bottles and avoid buying water bottles since the plastic accumulation has a strong impact on the environment (especially in remote areas).
Respect and protect the fauna and flora of the visited places: do not feed animals (giving them different or additional food from their usual diet can be harmful to their health or make them become dependent and compromising their survival in the natural feed surroundings); do not harass animals for photos that can cause them stress; do not touch animals, it can cause them stress and can be highly dangerous; do not collect flowers or leaves.
PeopleWe have been mindful of the social and environmental consequences of our work and have consistently sought to find sustainable and innovative ways to create a positive impact.
Through our sustainability policies, we support local economies and minimize the social impact of our activities by working with local guides and ensuring the needed respect for local traditions and cultures. Our itineraries visit cities and restaurants, and our guides will do their best by helping you support local business and enterprises wherever possible.
We also support the local economy by booking directly with small local accommodations, owned by locals. Our philosophy is to show you the most authentic details of the island of Madeira in the most sustainable way possible.
The meals we booked are in local restaurants focused on maintaining the authenticity of their business, by offering their customers traditional local dishes made with passion.
Our company is proud to choose local transport providers that hire staff locally, providing growth to local businesses.
We are knowledgeable of the dire environmental and social consequences of mass tourism and thus consciously commit to only working with small groups of travelers. That’s why we personally visit our destinations and evaluate with our own eyes the best small businesses that we can partner with. It’s worthwhile to revisit those businesses during low season and see how much of an impact our travelers had in their growth.
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