Responsible Tourist

Responsible Tourist


Traveling responsibly starts at home ...

Save energy!

Unplug all appliances that you will not need. These implements can consume energy even when they are off or in stand-by mode. Set your thermostat and water heater to a low temperature to avoid wasting energy while traveling.

Free trip of paper!

Print the informational material you need on recycled paper. Take only the maps and brochures that you will actually use. If you are in a group, share the brochures whenever possible. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the implementation of electronic tickets saves approximately 50,000 trees per year.

Plan your trip carefully!

Traveling during peak season or peak season may increase the negative impact on the environment. Therefore, inform yourself in advance about your travel destination and about the best time to visit certain places. Look for hotels and tours that have environmental certifications or that are members of the green industry. Choose hotels near public transportation or places you plan to visit during your stay

Nature and cultural heritage:

Discover the beauty of cultural and natural monuments. Learn about the history, customs and biological diversity that characterize these unique sites.

Contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural values by respecting local regulations and customs. Take only the photographs and leave the site as you found it.
Never extract, maintain or commercialize species of flora and fauna (wild animals) from their natural environment, including plants, shells, stones, flowers and corals!

The introduction of exotic species (flora and fauna that are not native) is prohibited, as these can cause alterations and damage to local ecosystems.

Never feed wild animals!

Providing food creates dependency and alterations in the metabolism, this affects their natural behavior and generates health problems.
According to legislation in Colombia, sexual harassment, exploitation of children and adolescents, as well as the consumption of illegal substances, are crimes punishable by law.
The traffic of archaeological goods is prohibited

Since it represents part of the cultural heritage of our country.

Learn some phrases in the local language and use them!

Protected air:

Respect the natural environment. Never touch or bother wildlife. Always follow the designated trails and stay in demarcated areas to avoid damaging the vegetation. Support conservation efforts by paying entrance fees to parks and protected areas.

Also recommend these organizations to your friends and family to support them through future visits and donations.

Never buy handicrafts, clothing, furniture or other products derived from protected or endangered animal species. You can be exposed to legal actions if you buy products made from endangered species.

Hazardous waste:

Many countries do not offer the possibility of eliminating special waste, such as batteries, in an environmentally sound way. Avoid taking products considered as special waste to your holiday destination. If it is inevitable to travel with some of them, as is the case with batteries, take them back home and dispose of them in special places for this type of waste.
Familiarize yourself with the culture of the place

Plan your trip in advance and learn about the cultural characteristics of your holiday destination. Show respect towards local people by behaving appropriately.

Read about the conventional rules of the place and dress appropriately. In many countries it is important to use demure attire.

Show respect towards the privacy of local citizens. Ask for permission before entering religious sites, homes or any private property.

Be careful about when and where to take pictures and videos of people. Always ask for your consent before doing so.
Pay a fair price:

Avoid aggressive haggling when buying souvenirs. Do not give people less tips than they should
Strengthen local commerce:

Eat at local restaurants, shop at local markets and attend local events. Buy products manufactured locally to reduce pollution related to the importation of goods. In this way the money you spend remains in the community.
Tour guides / group guides:

Enrich your experience and support the local economy, ask your guides if they have a license and if they live in the community. Do they also have the recommendation of tourism operators?
Water / energy:

Use the water rationally. In many places, this is a scarce resource. In certain countries, wastewater can not be purified as is usually done in developed countries. Therefore, it is important to use biodegradable cosmetics. Always turn off the lights and air conditioning when leaving your room at the hotel.


The prevention of child sexual exploitation, sexual tourism and other forms of abuse to minors (Law 679 of 2001 and Law 1336 of 2009). Accept the (law 1098 of 2006) of the labor exploitation of children Code of Minors. Reject the traffic of the Cultural Patrimony (law 397 of 1997) and the traffic of species like flora and wild fauna (law 599 of 2000 and Decree 1608 of 1978). Accept the Anti-Tobacco Law, for a space free of tobacco smoke (Law 1335 of 2009) and equality of race or gender (law 1482 of 2011, modified by law 1752 of 2015)