BRAZIL GURU DMC is committed to operating a business model that is recognized to be socially and environmentally responsible. As our business continues to grow we are determined to reduce the impact of our operations and increase the benefit to the communities we visit.
We care deeply about the places we travel to, and we work hard to ensure your visit has a positive effect. We seek out experiences and places to stay which mirror our passion, and invariably we find that these are the most rewarding.
Wherever we can, we use local people and businesses as our partners in destinations. Not not only do we feel this gives you the best experience, it also brings benefits to local communities. The benefit also spreads further. Local people are motivated to preserve what attracts visitors, be it the culture, wildlife or environment. Conversely, we actively avoid ‘tourist traps’. There’s plenty you can do on your trip, from recycling to being culturally sensitive, as well as being our ‘eyes and ears’ for the great, and not so great.
A responsible approach
BRAZIL GURU DMC recognizes its responsibility to ensure that good environmental management practices are in place in all its offices.
Animal Welfare Statement
As a leading Destination Management Company in Brazil we believe we have to set a standard for Responsible & Sustainable travel.
Child Exploitation Statement
BRAZIL GURU DMC, without fail, endeavors to make a positive contribution to a strong and safe community and recognizes the right of every child to stay safe.
Benefitting local people, places, and the natural world.
We’re committed to making your trip have a positive effect on the destination you’re visiting. We also want to ensure that the way we operate is socially responsible and environmentally friendly.
What we’re committed to:
- Using locally owned, and environmentally and socially responsible, accommodation wherever possible.
- Preference for locally owned partners in our destinations, and using local guides and drivers.
- Fair wages and conditions for all staff involved in your trip.
- Wild and domestic animal protection alongside broader good environmental practice.
- Encouraging community-led initiatives from craft shops to restaurants, homestays to wildlife protection.
- Supporting a range of on-the-ground charities and projects that work within our destinations.
- Supporting carbon reduction, including offsetting our own research trip flights and encouraging you to offset yours.
- Being environmentally friendly in our own offices such as encouraging cycling to work, car sharing, recycling, lowering energy use and using planet-friendly cleaning products.
- Encouraging our staff to be involved in charity and fundraising projects.
Below are some suggestions from our specialists to ensure that your trip is not only rewarding but has a positive effect on the destination you are visiting.
- Observing local cultural sensitivities will help you engage with local people and avoid embarrassment or even offence. Your pre-trip notes will advise on those particular to your destination.
- Learning a few words in a local language can be greatly appreciated and can open the doors to a more authentic experience.
- Always ask if it’s OK to take a person’s photograph, and be aware that flash photography can be damaging to artwork.
- Aim to recycle what you can. Water bottles can often be refilled hygienically. Try to throw away or recycle any extra packaging you may have before you travel, and bring items such as batteries home to be recycled if they can’t be locally.
- If your hotel has a policy for reusing sheets or towels, try to support this as often as you feel you can. Remember to turn off lights and electrical equipment in your room if you’re not using them, and turn off air-conditioning units when they’re not needed or when you leave the room. Water can be a precious resource, so try to keep your usage of it to a minimum, both in your hotel room and whenever possible throughout your trip.
- When visiting national parks and nature reserves, stick to set paths in order to preserve natural habitats and leave animals undisturbedKeeping noise to a minimum also helps, and allows you and others to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature or the peace and quiet.
- Relics and products made from endangered animals and plants were probably acquired illegally. Refusing to buy them is not only in the interests of the local people, the environment and future visitors, it could also help you avoid getting into trouble with police and customs.
- It’s estimated that as much as 90% of what visitors spend can leave the destination country. We try to ensure that as much as possible stays in the local area by supporting community-run and locally-owned businesses. Try to eat in locally owned restaurants and order local drinks and produce rather than international brands. You can encourage community initiatives such as handmade crafts by buying locally produced souvenirs.
- Different cultures have different attitudes to tipping and bartering – your pre-trip notes will provide details, or ask your guide for advice so as not to offend. Keep a light heart and a big smile when bargaining, and try to remember that small amounts can mean a lot more to the vendor than to you.
- It sometimes takes a hard heart not to give money to beggars, but if a person earns more than someone who works for a living it may encourage the practice and cause problems for the local economy. Giving money to children might dissuade their parents from sending them to school. If you’d like to make a donation to the country you have visited, please talk to our specialists. We’ll be able to recommend a charity or project that will welcome your donation.
- You may wish to offset the carbon emissions from your flights. ClimateCare invests in initiatives that not only lower carbon emissions but also help improve lives.