Red Mangrove's 10 Golden Tips for a Sustainable & Responsable Travel to Ecuador
Whenever you decide to visit Ecuador, learn as much as possible about our country, will be good to have a general knowledge about the religion and culture, the local rules and values.
Learn some Spanish, and don't be afraid to use it – some sentences or even some words will help to break the ice and build a good atmosphere around you.
Support locally owned businesses, hotels, restaurants and other services. Eat local food and drink local brands and brews. Shop from traditional artisans and for locally made products, helping keep traditional crafts alive and favour local products over imported items.
Chose the activities that will allow you to meet local people and get to know the culture.
Make the right choice: Do not to eat in restaurants, shop in stores or visit local shows, markets or zoos that promote cruelty or exploitation of endangered species.
Bargain, is definitely practiced in our country, but bear in mind that a small amount to you could be extremely important to the seller.
Always ask first before photographing or videoing people. Will be very much appreciated if you send them back copies of photos to help make it a two-way exchange.
Leave only good footprints, take care of the environment as you would in your own home.
Request to be served with alternatives to plastic and when shopping say 'No' to plastic bags.
After returning home would be of great help if you think how you can support programs and organisations that are working to protect the welfare, culture and environment of where you've been lucky to visit.