The city of Cartagena de Indias, was declared a “National Patrimony of Colombia” in year 1959.
Then, in 1984, the Committee of the World heritage site of UNESCO included it in the list of the world heritage as “Port, Fort and Historic Center of Cartagena de Indias”
For the city, tourism became an attractive destination thanks to its natural beauties like beaches of the Fuze, Great Bocagrande, Castillo, the Laguito and the near islands of Rosario and Barú. It also has a rich history in the settlement of the “new world”and a variety of architectual styles.
It should be the commitment of all to help conserve Cartagena's beauty. Thus when visiting these natural beauties such as the Islands of Rosario, an archipelago conformed by coral reefs, the following recommendations should be adhered to:
Use practices that cause the smallest impact possible and not to degrade it:
- Avoid touching or taking coral, plants, or animals from the region.
- Abstain from collecting or buying crafts with parts made from animals.
- Do not throw cigarette butts or any garbage into the sea.
- Do not fish in the area.
- Disposal of solid waste using the appropriate recyclable containers.
During your visit to the walled sector and monuments of the city:
- Do not throw garbage on the street.
- Respect and know the cultural traditions of the local community.
- Acquire handicrafts and products typical of the region made by local people or companies.
- Consult with your tour guide before taking pictures within the monuments.
Do not contribute to the sexual and commercial exploitation of minors. In our country this is a crime
The recommendations for sustainable tourism
- When planning your trip, choose those providers who offer guarantees of quality and respect for human rights and the environment.
- Use natural resources, such as water and energy, in moderation. Remember that they are limited goods.
- Try to minimize waste. They are a source of pollution.
- When disposing of waste, use the correct recycle containers.
- In a natural space make sure the only footprint left behind is from your footwear.
- If you visit sensitive ecosystems, such as coral reefs or forests, learn how to do so to minimize impact and not degrade them.
- When buying gifts and souvenirs look for products that are an expression of the local culture. It will favor the economy of the local people and the cultural diversity.
- Do not purchase flora and fauna protected by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species or products derived from them.
- At your destination, enjoy knowing the culture, customs, gastronomy and traditions of local population. Respect them and come close to them, they have much to tell you.
- Try to contribute with your presence to the development of responsible and sustainable tourism, building with your trip a healthier and more solid planet.
Following these recommendations, tourism contributes to conserving the biological wealth of the Earth and improving the development opportunities of many people.