Seven Principles of Leave No Trace: Ecotourism and Nature in Valdivia

Sustainable, ecological tourism is here to stay. Visiting sanctuaries of nature without leaving traces of our presence, thus preserving the wild areas is a world priority in tourism. This is why we give you the «Seven Principles of Leave No Trace«.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare:

Before traveling, consider the minumum necessary equipment and food that you can take. Rememeber that all packaging and waste must be taken back to an urban center.

2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces:

Minimize damage to vegetation and soil by using exisiting campsites and trails.

3. Dispose of Waste Properly:

Treat waste properly during your visit: pack out all trash to urban centers where it can be disposed of correctly. Do no put chlorine, detergent, soap, or leftover food in natural sources of water.

4. Respect Nature and Wildlife:

Do not frighten wildlife. Following, feeding, and attracting animals can alter their natural behavior and make you and your companions vulnerable to attack.

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts:

Avoid having campfires. If you do have one, use established fire rings and do not leave hot coals or ash in the fire ring.

6. Leave What you Find:

Leave plants, flowers, rocks, archaeological artifacts, and other natural objects as you find them. If every visitor took a flower or rock, in a few years the landscape would be completely modified and some less abundant species would be in danger of disappearing.

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors:

Avoid loud voices and other noises, let horses and other pack stocks pass when on the trail, share your experience and knowledge, and use the available facilities appropriately.