LEAVE NO TRACE
We want the incredible natural sights in the Americas that we visit on our trips to stay that way. That's why we promote a 'Leave No Trace' philosophy on all our tours, ensuring we clean up after ourselves on campsites and trails.
This is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when enjoying the great outdoors.
1) Plan Ahead and Prepare
> Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
> Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
> Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
> Visit in small groups.
> Repackage food to minimize waste.
2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
> Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
> Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
> Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
> In popular areas:
- Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
- Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
- Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
> In pristine areas:
- Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
- Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
3) Dispose of Waste Properly
> Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
> To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and, where possible, use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
4) Leave What You Find
> Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
> Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
> Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
> Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
5) Minimize Campfire Impacts
> Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a stove for cooking and lantern for light.
> Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
> Keep fires small.
> Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely.
6) Respect Wildlife
> Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
> Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
> Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
> Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors
> Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
> Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
> Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
> Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
> Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises
> View our Code of Conduct