Jul 21

Sustainability

Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

Responsible Consumption

Environment

Definition

Responsible Travel Tips

Change the way to travel and help change the world!

Your travel choice makes a difference

What is responsible travel?

Responsible travel is travel with a purpose.  When choosing destinations, accommodations and tour operators, consider which ones work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities.

San Ricardo Farm & Lodge  works to protect the environment (reforesting program… help and plant a tree)  and works close to benefit local culture from Tecpán Guatemala (founded july 1524) and communities as  Xenimajuyú Maya-Kachiquel  Village especially in health and educational development.

If you want to join us ask for Volunteers Short Stays  in agriculture, education, health and other fields, you can be suitable to each projects ! more info at: info   sanricardofarm-lodge.com.gt

Who travels responsibly?

Anyone can be a responsible traveler!

You can get back to nature, or bathe in luxury… hike into the rainforest, or explore the city… stay close to home, or traveler to exotic location of your dreams.  Responsible traveler provides many options, and is often very affordable.

Making informed choices before and during your trip is the single most important thing you can do to become a responsible traveler.

Look for a green certification,  San Ricardo Farm & Lodge provides the Rainforest Alliance commitment.

More info: www.rainforest-alliance.org

www.tourismfortomorrow.com

Helpful internet resources

TIES Travel Choice Directory: www.ecotourism.org

Rainforest Alliance-Sustainable Tourism: www.rainforest-alliance.org

Big  Volcano: www.bigvolcano.com.au

Centre for Enviromentally Responsible Tourism: www.c-e-r-t.org

Conservation International: www.ecotour.org

Ecoclub.com: www.ecoclub.com

EcoRes: wwweco-res.com

Reco-Resorts: wwweco-resorts.com

EcoTour Directory: www.ecotourdirectory.com

Ecotrans: www.eco-tip.org

Ecotravel.com: www.ecotravel.com

Green Hotels Association: www.greenhotels.com

Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance: www.travelwithmea.com

National Geographic: www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable

Planeta: www.planeta.com/travel

Responsible Travel: www.responsibletravel.com

Solimar Travel: www.solimartravel.com

Tourism Concern: www.tourismconcern.org.uk

Tour Operators Initiative; www.toinitiative.org

Visit: www.yourvisit.info

Worldsurface.com: www.worldsurface.com

What you can do while traveling?

By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economics and the environment.

  • At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Talk with staff about working conditions. Does the hotel support community projects? San Ricardo Farm & Lodge does work and protect, ask for more info   sanricardofarm-lodge.com.gt
  • Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them.   San Ricardo Farm & Lodge has a very practical Communication Travel Guide English and Spanish for your stay.
  • Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately.  In many countries, modest dress is important.
  • Behavoir:  Be respectful of local citizens´privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.
  • Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
  • Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails.  Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.
  • Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.
  • Pay the fair price:  Don´t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don´t short-change on tips for services.
  • Buy local: Choose locally-owned lodges, hotels and B&B´s.  www.sanricardofarm-lodge.com.gt as www.posadasruralesdeguatemala.com.gt or www.posadasruralesdeca.com and  www.pequenoshotelescentroamerica.com or www.hotleschapines.com
  • Use local buses, tuk tuks, car rental agencies and airlines.
  • Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local festivals/events.
  • Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy.  Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally.  Are they recommended by tour operators? More info at www.camtur.org and www.asoptur.com

Responsible travel myths

I have to sacrifice quality and luxury of accommodations?

Reality: Many lodges, hotels and B&B´s have very high standards for quality and luxury. They bring nature and culture within your reach, while still assuring your level of comfort.

It´s expensive?

Reality: Responsible tours and accommodations come in a range of prices, depending on the level of comfort and convenience you desire.

It´s too difficult to be a responsible traveler?

Reality: The internet makes it easy to plan and book responsible travel. When you arrive at your destination, there are simple steps you can take to make your trip environmentally and socially responsible ( ask for…San Ricardo Farm & Lodge will provide you a nice “While Traveling” card.)

It means traveling to tropical jungles?

Reality:  Responsible travel often brings to mind images of exotic  tropical locations, but the reality is t hat destinations, accommodations, and tour packages exist on every continent.

It´s for backpackers?

Reality:  People of all interest, ages, incomes, and backgrounds can travel responsibly, and there are plenty of family-friendly options.

Travelers´ Philanthropy

Travelers´  Philanthropy  is a growing movement of travel businesses that are helping to support community projects in host countries.  Increasingly, lodges, hotels and tour companies are providing financial and material assistance to projects:    such as local schools, health clinics, and orphanages.  San Ricardo Farm & Lodge works and protects several projects within the Tecpán Guatemala Community, as for more.

Many are also giving tourists an opportunity to contribute to and even visit these projects. Like others, you´ll find you enrich your travel experience when you help contribute to the well-being of the places that you´re visiting.

For more information please visit: www.travelersphilanthropy.org

Have a great journey!

Remember you have a responsible lodge at

San Ricardo Farm & Lodge in

Guatemala, Central America.

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