Tourism is a valuable part of the Argentinean economy and can produce a variety of positive exchanges between visitors and the local population. Unfortunately, some aspects of tourism can have negative social, environmental and even economic consequences. Considering your actions abroad can make a huge difference to the local environment and at the same time enhance the enjoyment of your visit. It is essential to remember that responsible tourism is crucial for a sustainable future; failure to act in such a way will certainly jeopardize our future travel options.
Responsible tourism benefits both the traveler and the local community alike. The traveler gets an insight into local cultures while the local community gains from low-impact, sustainable income. Certain principles can be identified to ensure that both you, the traveler, and the local community can simultaneously benefit from your visit. The popularity of responsible tourism is growing. As well as the various eco-tourism opportunities in Argentina there are numerous other actions you can take to be a responsible tourist and make the most of your trip:
- Research your location prior to traveling and upon arrival visit the local information centre or tourist office to discover any potential hidden delights. Try and learn at least the basics of Spanish as this will not only make things easier and more enjoyable but can also leave a positive impression with locals.
- Enquire about the environmental records of tour operators and, when appropriate, give preferential treatment to local guides, restaurants, accommodation etc over multinational firms that have a poor ecological reputation. This will not only enhance your experience but often ensures that your money goes directly to local people.
- Respect cultural and religious traditions. Argentina is a Catholic country and always act with consideration when in the vicinity of religious establishments. - Be courteous and considerate when taking photos of people and always ask for their permission.
- Practice safe sex. The consequences of not doing so can be severe for both parties.
- Abuse privileges such as water and electricity, especially in smaller communities where resources are scarce. Some more expensive hotels provide the option of having your linen and towels washed daily. This is an unnecessary luxury that uses considerable energy and water.
- Drop litter. Although rubbish dropping may be a more common problem in Argentina than where you are from it is not ok to join this trend. Be a good example, pack a plastic bag for trash and recycle when possible.
- Interfere in local ecology. However beautiful a flower may be, do not pick any flora and avoid interfering in wildlife habitats. Small actions can have devastating, long-term impacts on local environments.
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