Our Values and Commitments
OUR VALUES AND COMMITMENTS
For a centuries Slovak people in rural communities lived in an old sustainable lifestyle. However during the last decades the Carpathian mountains are facing dramatic changes like massive illeageal deforestation, hunting, polluting, land use dismanagement, agresive real estate development and lack of environmental policies for their protection. In this context, we believe ecotourism is a right way for preserving their natural and cultural heritage and giving isolated communities alternate sources of revenue. Therefore we care in our tours to support local communities and support sustainable services while discovering Carpathian mountains and their foothills.
Economical, Social and Environmental sustainability
We are environmentally, socially and economically responsible. We believe it’s possible to behave sustainably by thinking globally and acting locally.
Carpathia Tours offers proffesional services to our clients to enjoy their tours. We want to preserve natural and cultural heritage in Slovakia, to bring people closer to nature, to share with clients authentic experience based on touch with local people, nature and culture. We want to support regions and small countryside bussineses with income from tourism that will allow people to preserve traditions, environment and their way of life.
Business management and operational planning
All Carpathia Tours activities are documented and based on our Business, Marketing and Financial plans
We adopt a transparent approach with our partners and travelers. We accept and carry out projects in compliance with our ethics and commitments, based on a relationship of mutual trust and transparency.
We respect the individual needs of every traveler. We are trying to satisfy your needs
and exceed your expectations. Our guests are encouraged to contibute with their
comments and advices after each tour. Feedback is important for us. We believe
it´s their point of view which helps us improve our tours and services.
Natural area focus
With a primary focus on experiencing natural areas and promotion of environmental and cultural understanding, we care about giving travelers a different kind of experience. We try to create quality tours with unique elements - to enjoy a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture, the food and the environment. We co-operate with NGO´s that are professionals in environmental field. In this way, travelers can learn more about local nature and to hear stories from local people.
Ecotourism is about preserving what the visitor has come to experience. The ecological and cultural capacity of each area must be respected. We ensue that our activities will minimalize impact.
Transportation - we always work with small groups of travelers. Our tours typicaly include activities such a hiking or cycling. Leaving our car parked as much as possible.
Accomodation - if needed we can recommand our clients accomodation in friendly family owned guest houses, farm houses, mountain challets as a priority.
Environment - we try to encourage also our local partners to implement principles of mimimalising impacts to environment.
You can also contribute to this effort
- Please use water wisely, e.g. by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth. Use showers instead of baths
- Reduce energy by switching off lights
- Use local products: they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities
- Help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Ask your host how to do so
Working with local communities
Be involved! In our tours we offer you a feeling of adventure in every step. You will have the opportunity to be directly involved into some activities…not only “take a picture” but “to be in the picture” Get involved in one of our workshops.
Contribution to conservation
We have a strong commitment to support local businesses and the local community. When possible we choose only local suppliers, local food or bewerages. To support local communities we decided to donate 5% of our profits for local projects.