How can I be a responsible traveler?
- Buy electronic tickets to travel by plane whenever possible. Less waste and an opportunity to pass in front of rows of people waiting with paper tickets.
- Enjoy walking tours. If you are driving, turn off the engine when the car is not moving or is stopped for a considerable time. Encourage the bus driver to turn off the engine when you wait for extended periods.
- Do not let anyone dump trash out the window from the public and private transportation vehicles.
- Take a reusable bottle of water with you. Get it filled at your accommodation with fresh water and avoid buying plastic bottles and creating more waste on the way.
- Carry reusable bags or cloth bags for purchase instead of taking plastic bags in supermarkets. Help create awareness that plastic bags increase the problem of waste management and promote the reduction of use.
- Ask: Let operators / accommodation know that you are a responsible consumer. Before making reservations, ask them about their social and environmental policies. For example: What percentage of your employees are local citizens? Do you support a project that benefits communities or conservation areas? How?
While enjoying the tours
- Respect the local environment: Do not litter, cut flowers or wild plants; Try to reuse water bottles and recycle when possible.
- Protect local resources whenever you can: If a hotel has a policy to minimize the laundry of towels and sheets, try to support it. Remember to turn off the lights, fan and / or air conditioner when leaving the room. Try not to waste water when you are not using it; try to use biodegradable soaps, insect repellent and organic sunblock.
- Respect the culture and traditions of the area: Be aware and sensitive to cultural differences in language, customs and dress. Ask for permission before taking a picture of someone.
- Learn some words of the local language: be willing to learn about the local culture throughout the trip.
- Help your invest to stay in the local community: Try local food and beverage brands. Acquire handicrafts produced by artists from the area.
- Protect national treasures: Never buy authentic archaeological artefacts or souvenirs made from plants or animals in danger of extinction, such as turtle shell, coral, or fine woods that are not reforested.
- Hire a local guide: the guides highlight the experience, and provide a more comprehensive interpretation of the natural areas you are visiting, as well as being able to point you where to find wild animals that are not visible to an untrained eye.
- At all times avoid feeding, touching, or harassing wild animals. Contact with animals can put them at risk and can cause excessive stress.
- Stay on the trails all the time: This will help reduce the impact on forests and prevent them from being lost.
- Increase your chances of seeing wild animals responsibly.
- Be ready to explore the forests at dawn or dusk.
- Wear clothes that go unnoticed. Avoid using very strong colors.
- Keep quiet when you are on the trails.
- Put all your senses in tune with the sounds of nature.
- Look where you step: When you walk through the woods, look down, and do not move much while watching plants or animals.
Tips for before leaving home:
- Check that appliances such as televisions and converter cable set-top boxes are disconnected because they can consume electricity, even when they are turned off.
- Take sunscreen with you.
- To be on the safe side, you must bring mosquito repellent with you. Citronella is a very effective natural mosquito repellent and has a nice smell.
- Pack your binoculars and thermos with you.