Code of conduct and good practices guide for travellers - Azores

Travel and tourism can protect the worlds natural and cultural heritage and create opportunities not only for the destination but also for the travel and tourism industry.

- Information about your destination
Inquire about the customs, culture, routes, opportunities and limitations as a tourist. Nothing better than to understand the people, to know how to respect them and how to unfold the region.

- Search Green accommodations
While preparing the trip search for green accommodations. In the Azores there are several accommodations good practices towards environmental impact and some with environmental certification (ex: Miosotis award and Green Key) 

- Carbon offset your trip
Our everyday actions produce carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon offsetting is used to compensate for your emissions by funding na equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. Some Airlines have their own Carbon offsetting program. Consult the airline you are flying.

- Don´t print flight tickets and boarding pass
If you have a smartphone you don´t need to print tickets. Make sure you have a good battery percentage when you travel.

- Bring your own reusable water bottle
To avoid buying and use plastic bottles, bring you own reusable water bottle. Tap water in the Azores is of the highest quality. The water is safe to drink and subject to rigorous quality control and regular laboratory analysis, complying with the most demanding national and European legal requirements.

- Promote local development
Purchase products or experiences from local companies.

- Paper
Return maps, brochures, and other tourist info once youre finished with them so that they may be reused by future travellers.

- Avoid single use plastics
Plastic is one big world issue being around 80 million tonnes in the ocean. Say no to single use plastics and try to reduce the waste generated by your trip.

- Restaurant selection
Select Restaurants that offers local products and that has measures to reduce food waste. In the Azores we have an app - Nós reciclamos We Recycle that shows the best ecofriendly options.

- Hiking Tip
Do not leave the marked walking trails to avoid harming the flora.

- Preserve natural heritage
Throw you garbage in the apropriate waste bins, please recycle. Leave the places how you found it: take only pictures and good memories. Try to obtain information about the several aspects of the Protected Area you are visiting. Go to its supporting structures (Interpretation Centres, Nature Parks, museums and monuments)

- Preserve natural resources
Avoid long showers and don´t change the towels every day.

- Community-based tourism is the most sustainable.
Use a tour operator that gives back to the local community, that hires local guides and that take a leading role in preserving the areas natural resources.

- Sharing experiences 
Share the Experience you had as a sustainable traveller.