CaminoWays is invested in Responsible Travel and our Environmental Policy is being used as a means to support the long-term sustainability of the environments that we work in.
To do so, as a company, we follow a number of guidelines and we encourage our clients and suppliers to adhere to eco-friendly travel principles.
These are the ecotourism and responsible travel commitments we are taking and the advice we provide to all of our clients:
The CaminoWays Team works towards a positive environmental impact by:
- Educating and informing all team members about the local environment through training, briefing, and dedicated FAM trips.
- Encouraging responsible behaviour on all of our holidays; responsible use of resources, especially water, and adopting a zero litter policy.
- Ensuring that there is a system to respond to and act on any suggestions made by team members with regards to ecotourism initiatives.
- Ensuring that the type and scale of any environmental impact are appropriate to local conditions. All groups limited to an appropriate number e.g. 16 for a Guided walking tour
- Maintaining a comprehensive website that offers all information about the tours.
- Encouraging health and personal well-being for all employees and guides during working hours.
- Using electronic mail as opposed to posting where possible.
- Advising guests on trail etiquette and responsible travel principles in all holiday packs.
- Encouraging guests to participate in local festivals and events that will enhance their understanding of the local culture.
Destinations: Environmental Policy
- We work with our local accommodation suppliers to encourage recycling and energy-saving practices, including drying laundry on a washing line and not in a tumble dryer.
- On escorted walks, all walkers should be conscious of the trail’s environment and pick up any litter found along the way.
Tour Guides: Code of Conduct
- Maintain a professional, positive and respectful attitude in all communications with the local people and businesses.
- Maintain a strong leadership role and model correct behaviours in regards to the environment and local culture.
- Educate and ensure environmental awareness of the group.
- Guides are ambassadors for the region, culture and customs.
- Re-use and recycle wherever possible.
Accommodation: Environmental Policy
- We make sure to use the best combination of 1, 2, 3 stars accommodations depending on local infrastructure and availability;
- We select our accommodations in preference order ranking accommodations on their character, charm, staff friendliness, food quality and originality.
- We encourage our accommodation providers to recycle and to use energy responsibly by distributing a document to this effect at the start of the season.
- We encourage our clients to request new towels only if required, otherwise, linen will usually be changed once a week, and towels twice a week.
- We encourage our clients to use a stainless steel or plastic bottle for the duration of their holiday. Reusable containers are easy to find and can be refilled along the way.
- We supply all of our holiday packs in digital format and we encourage that if printed, they are so on double-sided, recycled paper.
- We supply our clients with suggestions on how to reduce water use, and with how to minimise any damage to the environment and wildlife during their stay.
- Our holiday packs inform people about water points, local bars, and restaurants along the way.
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