Ecotourists

Nous rêvons que le développement du tourisme dans les lieux gérés par Naturevolution soit un outil au service de leur préservation et non de leur dégradation. Afin que ces territoires encore très peu connus restent des paradis, il doit être un exemple de respect et d’éthique.

We thus invite all futur tourists, hikers, adventurers of all walks of life, to have a responsible attitude and to reduce as much as possible their impact when they walk, camp, picnic, run, bike, paddle, ...

If you plan a trip to the Makay, know that Naturevolution offers ecovolunteer missions and a limited number of Adventure treks through the canyons of the mountain.

The eco-volunteering provides valuable assistance on our projects in the communities, and that we take trekkers in the heart of this mountain that we know so well financially help us continue our actions to preserve this magical place.

=> Learn more about our 'Join a mission’.

Nous avons réalisé (2017-2018) une charte de l’écotourisme pour l’Aire Protégée du Makay. Sur cette page, nous proposons quelques pistes de réflexions sur la meilleure conduite à tenir dans la nature et dans les communautés locales. Ce ne sont pas des règles contraignantes, plutôt un état d’esprit qui permettra aux suivants de ressentir le même bonheur que nous lorsqu’ils pénétreront eux-mêmes dans ces régions magnifiques et envoutants.

Respect local customs and learning the rules and customs of the area you are visiting

  • Soyez préparés à négocier fermement avec les porteurs et dans la mesure du possible, ne cédez pas. Par respect pour les prochains visiteurs mais aussi et surtout pour les communautés locales, car donner plus fausserait totalement la valeur des choses et pourrait alors créer des conflits bien plus graves que quelques minutes d’intenses négociations. (A titre indicatif, après concertation avec les tour-opérateurs de la région du Makay ainsi qu’avec les chefs des villages visités, nous avons établi à 12000 It daily pay carriers for maximum 20kg load.)
  • Avoid angry and raise their voice.
  • Avoid approaching the tombs and graves, they are often taboos and the violation of these taboos can have catastrophic repercussions.
  • Avoid walking alone and spread your wealth in an ostentatious manner to prevent theft and assault.
  • Always ask before taking a photo.
  • Be patient, do not run.
  • Feel free to thank your carrier for a gift but do not give it for free in the villages, you may encourage begging.

Anticipate and plan your trip

  • Be prepared to deal with potentially extreme climates (heat, rain and tropical cyclones in particular) and the dangers associated with them (including floods).
  • Try to avoid the rainy season (November to April)
  • Traveling in small groups if possible.
  • Recondition your food to reduce packaging and waste.
  • Use a map, compass and GPS to avoid the use of cairns and other markings.

Pay attention to where you walk and camp

  • Book the majority of your activities in areas where vegetation is absent, trails, camping sites, the boulders, gravel and other rocky areas.
  • Protect the possible camping in the banks at least 60 meters from a lake or river.
  • Good campsites are often already, no need to alter a new site.
  • Always walk on the trails already exist, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites as small as possible.

Get rid of your waste properly

  • If you bring waste them win.
  • Make your needs in a hole 15cm deep minimum at least 60m of a river, campsite or trail.
  • Do not burn your toilet paper and do not leave the ground.
  • Or to wash the dishes, bring water for more than 60m of a river or lake, and use small amounts of biodegradable soap.

Leave what you find

  • Preserve the past: look, look, but do not touch the archaeological remains.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Never push non-native species.
  • Do not build anything, do not dig anything.

Minimize the impact of campfires

  • Campfires have a significant impact on the long term.
  • If lights have already been made, reuse the same location.
  • Prefer small fires, large flames are useless for cooking.
  • Burn all wood and coals to get ashes.

Observe wildlife

  • Always observe the animals from a distance.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Protect wildlife by storing your food carefully.
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals sensitive period such as nesting, rearing young.
  • Let the sounds of nature prevail.