The importance of travelling responsibly has never been greater before. Given the imperative for climate change action and to overcome the aftermath of Covid-19, this is the time to take steps collectively towards a better future. Colombia has been hit by a socio-economic crisis like no other, as a result of the global pandemic. This crisis has mostly affected the most vulnerable populations of the country, particularly women and youth in rural areas, as the poverty and unemployment levels have risen. With this in mind and having the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guideline, we respond to the current challenges through our responsible and sustainable tourism practices.
El Manatí is committed to operating responsibly by supporting the local communities, celebrating the cultural heritage and protecting the natural environment. We create personalised itineraries across the country and carefully choose suppliers based on conscious business practices. We strive to offer the best possible experiences for our travellers while ensuring a positive impact to the places they visit.
We support the local communities
– By promoting tours and activities that involve local communities in each destination, including drivers and guides. – By recommending accommodation in family-owned or small business establishments instead of multinational hotel chains (when possible). – By suggesting visiting local markets where vulnerable populations work, including women and young people. – By stimulating dining in local eateries or family restaurants and purchasing locally made products, crafts and souvenirs.
We celebrate the cultural heritage
– By advocating restaurants that honour the local produce and culinary practices. – By offering activities that involve authentic cultural experiences. – By encouraging community-based activities so that customs and traditions can be appreciated and preserved.
We protect the natural environment
– By offering tours that raise awareness about the importance of our delicate ecosystems. – By urging our travellers to participate in low-impact experiences for the ecosystem, such as viewing animals in the wild instead of using them for human entertainment. – By striving to minimize negative impact on the environment, for example avoiding single-use plastics, encouraging reusable alternatives and going paper-free.