We guarantee that when designing our tours, we utilise our own experiences to break down barriers, and provide ethical business for those lesser known areas with so much to offer. We pride ourselves on challenging perceptions and raising awareness through low impact experiences and ethical business – not just through charity work.Our guiding principle is to both create and operate tours that have a positive and sustainable social, economic and environmental impact.What you can expect from us
Small groups consisting of no more than 12 people, allowing us to integrate organically with local people, customs and traditions, leaving small – if any footprints in the communities we visit.
We have a strict environmental Leave No Trace policy to ensure that the habitats we visit are not damaged or spoilt from our presence and a Wildlife policy to protect the wellbeing of all wildlife.
We aim to ensure that the tourism we bring is beneficial, appropriate and fair to local communities and their infrastructures, achieved through working alongside local people to generate employment and business opportunities, stimulate investment and entrepreneurial activity and ensure maximum revenue remains within the host countries.
Where possible all tours will have local guides working alongside Enjoyinghorses.com coaches, will stay in locally owned accommodation rather than international chains, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local communities,
We promote socially conscience tourism through respecting and encouraging cross-cultural exchange. In each destination we develop close relationships with drivers and guides, and we feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.
A Code of Conduct is included in all pre departure information preparing you on how to travel responsibly, including advice on cultural norms, treading lightly, tipping and bartering.
What we expect from you:
To take pride in being an active ethical traveller, taking responsibility for your behaviour whilst on our tours and adhering to our code of conduct.
To follow the guidelines provided in your pre-departure information regarding cultural sensitivity, this can include but is not limited to; asking permission when taking photos, wearing appropriate dress in religious destinations and to not encourage begging by handing sweets or money to children.
To demand responsible policies are being upheld at all times and to let your tour leader know if not.
To complete your feedback questionnaires thoroughly, letting us know where and how we can improve our responsible behaviour.
The wellbeing of all wildlife and its natural habitat is very important to us. On our horse riding trips we ensure the horses we use are bred locally and are in the best possible condition. In the same way our small group sizes have minimal impact on the environments we visit, we work hard to ensure any interaction with wildlife is non-invasive and respects their habitat. Our focus is on ensuring we maintain long term benefits for wildlife in the same way we do for local communities and the destinations we visit.
Working with local communities
We are proud to work with local communities in community based tourism initiatives that are helping local people in isolated rural areas earn a living form tourism, while preserving their unique cultures.The homestays offer visitors the chance to stay in real Ladakhi homes and meet the local people of the villages, while allowing the women of the area the opportunity to gain employment in their own villages and provide income for their families and giving them an equal status to the men.It also encourages people to remain in their villages instead of seeking employment in the cities.
Dining with local families
Where we can, we support communities and family enterprises at a grass root level. One of the most effective and enjoyable ways is through food!Dining with local families not only allows us to help provide a direct income, it offers our travellers a delicious home cooked, traditional meal and the chance for both parties to learn more about each other’s cultures.
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