ECOTURISM

 

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.

 

 

Segovia, Hotel Finca Fuente Techada
www.hotelfincafuentetechada.com
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.

 

 

One of the things that makes it more special is that the construction has been carried out trying to maximize sustainability, and the recovery of materials from old buildings. It is interesting to see how elements of old buildings have been recycled, such as the windows of the primitive maternity of O’Donell of Madrid, the interior doors come from houses of the neighborhoods of Salamanca and Chamberí of Madrid, some of the Casita del Príncipe de La Granja, ironworks, here and there, the sidewalk, the walk of the Island of Burgos, .. the beams of the porches of the disappeared monastery of La Laura (17th century) of Valladolid, supported by right feet from the Rehabilitation of the building of Tio Pepe of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid and by elm and juniper beams of old portals in the area.

 

 

In the farm caring for ash, oak, madroños, hazel, guindos, holly, … where sheep, horses and the Malva burrito live.

 

 

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.

 

 

Ibiza, Finca Can Marti
www.canmarti.com
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.

 

Each room is decorated with care and in harmony with the Ibizan style. The old house was completely renovated in a traditional way and respectful of the environment and offers a wide variety of amenities such as a natural pool, a hamman, yoga and massage facilities; Offering everything you need to relax.

 

 

CEAMA, Murcia
www.ceamamurcia.com
If you fancy a didactic and participative experience, we propose this space designed for the search and enjoyment of peasant culture, research and development of organic farming.

 

 

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.