What Can I Do to Minimize My Impact?
Ecuador's biological and cultural diversity is incredible, and taking steps to minimize your impact can go a long way towards making sure that it stays that way. Here are a few tips for traveling sustainably in Ecuador.
Use water carefully by taking short showers.
Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up with filtered water throughout the trip, instead of buying a new water bottle every time you're thirsty.
Save electricity by turning off lights and air conditioners when you're not in a room.
Buy local products and food instead of shopping at a chain grocery or department store.
Refuse to buy souvenirs that are made with endangered animal products, and don't take home any shells, animal bones, or plants.
Don't disturb wildlife.
Stay at hotels that incorporate sustainability into their business model.
Ask locals for permission before taking their picture.
Give back to the communities you visit by volunteering your time or donating money to worthy organizations.