YOU CAN BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS…
Travel with a purpose. When you choose a destination, accommodation, and tour operators; always consider those ones which work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities.
Make informed choices before and during your trip, with a little planning, you can improve the quality of your trip, while making a real difference to the people and places you visit.
Search the web & Consult guidebooks: Look for information and resources on responsible travel, ecotourism, or sustainable tourism.
Ask questions and choose wisely: Let your hotel know that you are a responsible consumer. Before you book, ask about their social and environmental policies.
One of the most polluting aspects of your trip is your flight. It is estimated that air traffic accounts for 10% of greenhouse gases worldwide. Plan your trip so that you minimize air travel, and choose, whenever possible, to stay longer in a destination instead of making many short trips. At your destination, use trains, buses, bicycles and passenger boats.
Pack only what you need, and don't bring things that will become waste. By reducing the weight of luggage travelers can significantly cut green house gas emissions.
And before you leave your house, turn off lights and unplug household appliances that can be left unplugged while you are away.
Once at your Destination: The Pacuare Lodge
- Participate in our hotel linen programs, or let us know that it's not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day.
- Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering.
- Participate in our recycling programs by placing recyclables in the appropriate bins.
- Carry a dry cleaning or grocery bag with you in which to carry dirty laundry home.
- Blow out the candles before you leave your room.
- Carry bottled water with you. Refill as needed.
- When offered individual packages of condiments, take only what you'll use.
- Ask about our environmental policies and practices.
Out in Nature
- Use binoculars and cameras to look for animals.
- Take only photographs. Do not take "souvenirs" from natural areas, historical areas or hotels.
- Do not use disposable cameras. Take photos with a regular camera. If possible use a digital camera.
- Do not collect insects, flora and fauna without a permit. Leave them for everyone to enjoy.
- When walking, stay on the trails and close gates behind you
- Avoid making fires.
- Plant a tree whenever you can, many hotels have special programs for guests.
- Avoid using excessive cosmetic products e.g. hairspray, mousse, aftershave, perfume and if you must use them, try and find effective environmentally friendly alternatives
- Hire local guides and support the local economy.
- Pick up at least one piece of litter every day-especially at national tourist locations.
Other Green tips
- Do not buy endangered species products.
- Do not purchase star fish or turtle-shell related souvenirs or any creature that may have been put to death for the sake of a gift shop sale.
- Take everything out that you brought with you. No graffiti, no litter.
- Avoid using disposable products e.g. plastic razors, single use contact lenses.
- Try to use re chargeable batteries.
- Where available use recycled paper for letters home, trip diaries, toilet paper, etc.
- Buy in bulk if you are traveling in a large group- this reduces packaging.
- Use biodegradable soaps and/or detergents.
- If possible, walk or use a bicycle. It not only helps the planet, but it keeps you in shape as well!
- Avoid the use of Styrofoam.
- Remember to recycle whatever you can in the country you are traveling.
- Lights, fans, TVs, radios, computers - if you are not using it - turn it off!
- Try and teach your child about the local environmental issues. Point out good and bad practices.
- Encourage your child to snack on fruit rather than sweets, explain that fruit has a biodegradable wrapper!
- If traveling with a baby, try using biodegradable nappies.
- If you shop in a local market take your own bag or have them place everything in one large plastic bag instead of numerous small ones.
- Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.
- Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
- Pay the fair price for the services and souvenirs
- Choose locally-owned lodges, hotels, and B&Bs.
- Contribute to local carbon offsetting programs
- Support conservation, renewable energy.
And do not forget to Reuse, Recycle and Reduce.
Pacuare Lodge and The Earth Thanks You!!!