CODE OF CONDUCT FOR A RESPONSIBLE TOURIST
TRADITIONS AND LOCAL CUSTOMS
Value local traditions and customs
• Before traveling, consult about the local customs and traditions of the tourist destination that you will visit, so you can share, participate and integrate with the community in the best way.
• Learn some words in the native language. With this you can establish a more meaningful contact with the local community.
• Respect and protect everything that makes a destination a unique and different place: from its history, its architecture and its cultural, natural and own values such as: religion, music,Art, cooking, among others. For example, ask for consent to take pictures inside churches, national monuments or the community.
SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Support the local economy
• Prefer local articles and products made at the destination, this will allow you to contribute to the development of family economies, retail and small-scale.
• Treat local sellers and artisans with respect and kindness and promote a voluntary and fair business relationship between producers and consumers.
• Do not buy products that evidently appear to be counterfeit, which are prohibited by national and international regulations.
• When it comes to acquiring tours always look for the established business to avoid scams and deceptions. Prefer the tourist services that are operated by inhabitants of the destination commune.
• Inquire about products that are legally restricted from exit or entry to the visited country
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Respect the environment
• Buy products that do not require the use of plants or animals in danger of extinction.
• Prefer group outings that allow savings of resources, money, fuel and a decrease in your carbon footprint. Look for the most efficient and least polluting way to get around.
• Reduce, reuse and recycle solid waste during your trip. Take your own bottle of water to refill, avoid buying products with unnecessary packaging and packaging, and do not accept plastic bags to receive purchases of products that could be carried in another environment such as: a purse, wallet, suitcase or ecological bag.
• Reduce your consumption of water and electricity in the tourist accommodation you will visit.
Be careful when visiting wild, heritage, archaeological or other areas that you find fragile and / or valuable.
• Try to return the garbage generated on your visit to these areas, otherwise you could alter the diet of the native wildlife, dirty the landscape and affect the rest of the visitors.
• Choose routes that have the least impact on the landscape, giving priority to existing roads and paths. Prefer guided tours, avoiding accidents and decreasing soil erosion and compaction in protected areas, while strengthening local work.
• Do not commit environmental crimes. If you visit a protected area remember that there is a regulation and that this was created to preserve places and species of great ecological value and in many cases in danger of extinction.
• Do not feed wildlife
• Respect the signs and indications of existing communities in the area you visit. This will allow a safer visit for you, your family and the environment.
• Do not remove natural resources, for example stones, fossils, snails, flowering plants or others, from their original environment.
• Contribute to the maintenance of the infrastructure and equipment present in the protected areas by paying the requested rate and using the facilities properly
INFORMED AND RESPECTING TRAVELER
Be an informed and respectful traveler
• Comply with local and national laws and regulations.
• Respect human rights and protect children from exploitation in any form, especially sexual and labor.
• Find out how you can get medical help or contact your embassy in case of an emergency.
• Learn about weather conditions when accessing cordillera or variable hydro-meteorological conditions. If you travel alone or in groups to the mountains, inform and leave a record of your visit at Carabineros, CONAF or other pertinent institution.
• Find out in tourist information offices that have official public or private institutional support, so that you can obtain objective, updated information and tourist services and activities that comply with the legal provisions of the places of visit.