Travel GREEN in Colombia
-> 'REMEMBER THAT HAPPINESS IS A WAY OF TRAVEL, NOT A DESTINATION' - Roy Goodman.
- Do not, as especially many Colombians in the north do, throw garbage on the street or outside the window. Are you a smoker? Please don’t throw you cigarette butts on the floor but take them with you.
- Say no to plastic bags or use them repeatedly, leave trash in the bin. Refill your water bottle or buy a plastic water bag. Save up money but also save nature.
- Buy your souvenirs, food, art, ... from local venders!
- Let your shoes shine by a shoe-shiner.
- Do you have tons of clothes you aren’t wearing any more? Give them to local families or schools.
- You can always support local communities, schools or local poor families with gifts like pens, pharmaceuticals, balloons or schoolbooks... BUT first find out what is really needed. NEVER give money to children!
- Create a feeling of goodwill by learning ‘por favor’ (please), ‘gracias’ (thank you) and ‘buen provecho’ (bon appetit).
- The approx. salary in Colombia is not much more than 200 dollars a month so please, spending a few pesos more on your taxi, food or whatever is not going to ruin you.
- Bargain fairly, and with respect for the seller. Again, remember the economic realities of where you are. The final transaction should leave both buyer and seller satisfied and pleased. Haggling for a taxi or carpet is part of many cultures; but it’s not a bargain if either person feels exploited, diminished, or ripped-off.
- Learn and respect the traditions and taboos of Colombia. Each culture has its own mores, and they’re often taken very seriously. Never go on flip-flops to a school; don’t ask the bill by finger snapping or whistling; don’t get to annoyed in traffic when they horn because at the coast that is a normal thing; don’t get to upset when you had an appointment and now one showed up (this is again a normal thing); … Also be aware: Ironic humour is an uncommon thing in Colombia.
- When something doesn’t work out like you wanted: screaming and getting angry doesn’t help. The only thing that can help is staying calm and friendly.
- Go with the flow, take it as it gets and Carpe Diem thoughts can help you along your adventures: It's a HOLIDAY!
- 'The first conclusion is that these Colombian cultures (Okaina, Cubeo, Inga, Kament Sá, Pastos, Esperara Siapidaara, Sikuani, Uitoto, Wuonan, Embera Eyabidá, Tule, Zenú, Iku, Kogi and Wayuu) suffer from poverty. If each one of us could buy one of there products, these people would come forward' says Cecilia Duque from the book 'Creative Language in Colombia’s Indigenous Ethnicities'. Read more about this book here.
- Share your guide or give it to other travellers rather then throwing it away. Colombia Fácil was spending lots of energy, sweat and time on this.
- Tips about how to travel more green -> ethicaltraveler.com.
Los Encantos del Traspatio – The Charms of the Backyard
A green, independent design fair/convention that travels through Barranquilla's public parks, showing the work of independent designers and artists, so they can get closer to people interested in local creation. Each edition takes place on different locations, taking the creative avant-garde to a bigger and diverse public. Three times a year they offer a promotion space for local designers, which present their creations: from clothing design, fashion accessories, jewelry and contemporary handcraft to objects and lighting. All of them need a sustainability proposal incorporated in the design of their products. Their two days program is very eclectic and is a whole experience of music, dance, gastronomy, theatre and green living.
Where-> You never know, they are like gypsy’s, *some public park* in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Bogota on wheels
Bogota promotes cycling as an opportunity for enjoying both open-air recreation and greener transportation. Every Sunday and holiday between 7am and 2pm , nearly 2 million people grab their bikes or skates, implementing their own versions of this entertaining intitiative that encourages family-friendly exercise and increases environmental awareness. You'll find similar programs in countries like Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Brazil.