Sustainable Tourism is very different from eco-friendly or eco-tourism
Sustainable tourism embraces not only the environment but three additional life components: human, economic and cultural components. Sustainability is the balance of all these four parts to ensure that people, places, plants and purpose are honored in everything you do on your vacation. Sustainable tourism effects where we live, where you vacation and maintains the vacation destination for future generations.
Sustainability is a belief that motivates and inspires Casa de las Olas
Human aspect of sustainable tourism – Sustainable tourism comes down to human stories, education, information, respect for other people regardless of where they come from, what they do or where they are headed. This respect includes the staff at Casa de las Olas, our international guests and the local guides who share their experiences, knowledge and stories.
Environmental aspects of Sustainable tourism – Preservation of the beach, the cenote, the palm trees, and mangroves. The natural environment in Tulum is what makes this piece of Paradise….Paradise. Education and behaviors maintain the natural habitat of the area. Environmental and ecological aspects for sustainable tourism are about finding and implementing solutions to preserve the natural landscape so that nature not only survives but thrives. Beyond the direct impact on the property of Casa de las Olas, we only refer our guests to other local tourism businesses that have the same belief, whether it be using local ingredients at restaurants, opening up the world of Tulum to our guests through low impact, eco-conscious tours that focus on the natural beauty of the area, and eco-product suggestions that help to preserve the surrounding environment. Your beachside experience will heighten your awareness of the delicate balance on the planet.
Economic aspects of sustainable tourism – Tour locally, live locally, buy locally. To maintain the economy within the area and ensure employment for Tulum residents, we hire locally, buy locally and encourage our guests to do the same. Part of an international vacation experience is to try local products and services that you cannot find at home. The fruit, the meat, the guy on the street selling crafts, the local cuisine are the joys of a vacation.
Cultural aspects of sustainable tourism – We have sourced as many cultural experiences for our guests which we recommend daily. Whether it be a visit to the Tulum Ruins, a temezcal steam lodge ceremony, a trip to the local organic market or a great taco place, these are the experiences that you will remember forever. Understanding and experiencing the local culture as it is, is the vacation experience we create for our guests at Casa de las Olas; authentic, real and true exchanges between people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Starting January 1, 2013 all existing and new reservations are subject to a $5 USD sustainability fee that will be directed to the new Tulum recycling center. This $5 USD fee is a donation to help Tulum build a state of the art recycling center that will further protect the delicate environment in the city. Guests can opt out of this fee if they wish not to participate. To find out more about the new community recycling center please visit their Facebook page.
Read how your can assist Casa de las Olas in maintaining and growing their commitment to sustainable development.