Traveling in communion with the nature, society and culture we visit, this is the beginning of ecotourism.
This movement emerged in the late eighties, growing in interest to the point that the UN dedicated the year 2002 to ecological tourism and this year 2017, is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
To those who like to enjoy the essence of things and live authentic experiences, we love these types of getaways that do not appear in tourist brochures and not only because it is a form of travel that gives us pleasure, but also because it is a viable alternative for sustainable development for communities.
MAY, A PERFECT MONTH TO ESCAPE FROM THE ROUTINE
We enter the month of May, in which the good weather and the festivities invite us to give us a little break escaping from the routine.
The countries that stand out for the boost of ecotourism are Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), but since the May holidays are short, we will leave the international trips for another moment and we will propose some plans a little bit closer, but equally charming.
The property Fuente Techada is located at the foot of the Guadarrama Natural Park, in the municipality of Sotosalbos. It has 11 hectares abundantly wooded by ash and oak, a lagoon of 2,500m2, and is crossed by two streams.
Just 18 km from Segovia, 110 km from Madrid and 120 km from Valladolid. Its location is very good as a starting point for excursions through the province of Segovia to towns and emblematic places such as Pedraza, 19 km, with its medieval streets, Sepúlveda, 39 km, with its majestic castle, the Natural Park of Las Hoces del Duratón, 40 km away with its predatory reserve
In the immediate surroundings you can enjoy many activities such as golf, spa, bird watching, mushroom picking and moraine in season, hiking, cycling routes, horse riding, hunting, trekking, snow skiing, canoeing, rafting, zip line , Paragliding, ultralight flight, and non-motorized flight.
Located very close to the village of San Juan in this estate of more than 400 years old and 17 hectares located at the bottom of a protected valley and surrounded by green forests in the northern part of the island known as the Natural Area of Es Amunts , You will find this charming hotel where to immerse yourself in a rural Ibicenca experience.
Martí has a long agricultural history dating back to 1600 and its garden offers a variety of natural products cultivated based on the principles of permaculture, which you can buy in your store.
You will taste a 100% ecological breakfast with eggs from the farm, homemade jams, fruits directly picked from the orchard and freshly baked bread.
The Center has four bioclimatic apartments that are in themselves an example of architecture adapted to the environment and integrated in the environment, low energy consumption, using solar energy and waste management and water.
The space offers workshops to introduce the techniques of Ecological Agriculture through practical activities such as identifying the flora and fauna of the territory, to contemplate our solar system and to discover how a rational use of water and energy can be made through bioclimatic architecture.
There are also workshops to learn how to use plants in cosmetics or for medicinal purposes, making soap, bread or pastries, among others.
These activities are aimed at groups, although you can also attend activities programmed by the center.
It is also possible to travel through different thematic paths. The center puts at your disposal a naturalist guide (not only mountain guide, but also mycological, ornithological, botanical guide …).
Finally, just remind you of the seven principles of ecotourism
1. Minimize the negative impacts, for the environment and for the community, that generates the activity.
2. Build respect and environmental and cultural awareness.
3. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
4. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
5. Provide financial benefits and strengthen participation in decision-making by the local community.
6. Create sensitivity to the political, environmental and social climate of the host countries.
7. Support universal human rights and labor laws.