Belize Eco-Tourism

Maya Mountain is committed to the environment


Maya Mountain is committed to helping guests walk lightly in order to impact the environment and culture in a positive and limited way. We ask guests to join us in our commitment by listening to the counsel of guides and staff, by following carefully the guidance of your tour leader or guide.

Help us to preserve the beautiful healthful environment of Belize for future Belizeans and tourists.

We subscribe to the following CODE OF ETHICS:

GUEST EDUCATION:
1993 - That an "eco-message" be given to suppliers to forward to all clients
- A handout be presented to all arriving guests with an "eco-message"

OBEDIENCE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS:
1993 -That only licensed operations and guides be utilized

DISPOSAL OF WASTE:
1993 - Disposable plastic cups and plates will not be used.
- All garbage is must be properly disposed of.

WILDLIFE IS NOT DISTURBED:
1993 - Guides will not disturb or let guests disturb wildlife or environment.
- Animals will not be caged/no wild game served as food
1994 - Size of group should be limited to recommended size for each of the sites.

ONLY PROFESSIONAL ECO-GUIDES ONLY BE USED:
1993 - Hire only guides and tour operators who have subscribed to the code of ethics.
1994 - All guides will have taken and passed a course which includes ethics of eco-tour guiding. (6 hrs)

SAFETY AND HYGIENE RULES SHOULD BE ADHERED TO:
1994 - Tour guides must complete the Red Cross standard first aid course.
- All guides will complete a basic food handler’s course. (2 hrs)

VEHICLES SHOULD BE TOURIST CLASS:
1993 - All vehicles, including boats, should have a fire extinguisher, tool kit, and first aid kit on board. Boats should also have life jackets for each person on board.
- Vehicles should be fuel efficient and properly maintained.
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