RDMP is committed to maintaining our integrity, living our values and ensuring that we’re fulfilling the core purpose of our business. This being, to operate in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. However, these values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in the culture and daily operations of our office and every tour. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
HOW TRAVELLING WITH US MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Our Envirommental Commitments
- To ensure we’re consistently working towards protecting the environment and using resources in an efficient, fair and responsible way.
- To ensure that our trips are designed in a way that limits the physical impact on the destinations we visit, so that they may be enjoyed by many generations to come.
On our Trips
Our trips are also low impact by design. How? We try to use public transport where possible, stay in locally owned and simpler styles of accommodation and eat at locally owned eateries where the food has been locally sourced, therefore reducing food mile emissions.
To minimise carbon emissions on RDMP trips, we make the following considerations:
- Local services – We engage locally-owned and operated services thereby supporting local people and not using long and carbon-intensive supply chains.
- Local transport – We use local public transport wherever we can to reduce fuel usage per passenger.
- Water Conservation – We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water and hot water such as low-flow shower roses.
- Local food and goods – We endeavour to include and strongly encourage our travellers to eat locally produced food and goods. This reduces the ’embodied energy’ (energy consumed through production and transport) of the food and goods purchased by our passengers.
- Water bottles – We encourage our passengers to refill a water bottle from water ‘bubblers’ where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. Therefore for every 1 litre of water sold, 3 litres of water is used.
- Economic empowerment – Economic empowerment of local communities through tourism can help improve education and health services, water supplies and sanitation and reduce dependence on non-sustainable livelihoods such as deforestation.
- Local employment – We use local leaders and guides so that we learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies. We can particularly learn from rural communities about their relationship to the land and how they’ve practiced sustainable agriculture for centuries.
- Recycling – Intrepid leaders also provide travellers with awareness on how they can practice principles of reduce, reuse, recycle and appropriate waste disposal at their destination.
Our economic commitment
To ensure our wealth is distributed in a way that’s beneficial to our staff, host communities, suppliers and key stakeholders, while achieving responsible and sustainable growth of Rincones de Mi País and our associated companies.
How are we doing this?
Our trips are designed to ensure that we support local communities by:
- Hiring local leaders and staff where we operate, therefore contributing directly to local employment and ensuring competitive local remuneration.
- Using locally owned ground transportation and accommodation.
- Recommending local eateries and stores to our passengers.
- Incorporating local public transport into our trips where possible.
Responsible travel is about the attitude you take and the choices you make when travelling – to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment!
Some of the responsible travel features embedded into Rincones trips include:
- Using public transport where possible
- Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation where possible
- Buying locally produced food and drink, and purchasing souvenirs from local artisans
- Spreading the economic benefits by patronising a range of suppliers
- Minimising plastic waste where possible
- Careful management of limited energy and water resources
- Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
- Avoiding the exploitation of the vulnerable – including women, children, animals and endangered species