The Leave No Trace principles -LNT rules- are a guide for those visiting natural areas. By following them, you contribute to conserving the environment. We invite you to inform yourself and read carefully to visit Estancia Bahía Esperanza and any natural area in the best way.
There are 7 Leave No Trace principles, which serve as a goal to go out and explore in the best way, leaving the place without traces. These were created to promote and regulate outdoor ethics. The LNT rules are a guide to enjoy nature and the outdoors in a responsible and sustainable way, reducing the impact of human beings in natural areas.
- Plan and prepare your trip in advance:
Find out about the place you will visit: regulations, weather, capacity, among others. If possible, organize your trip in small groups, and pack your food in reusable containers to minimize waste.
- Travel and camp on sturdy surfaces:
It’s important to understand that, by traveling, we inevitably cause damage to the land. Understanding it will help to make better decisions, such as preferring to sleep or rest in authorized camping sites, or on rocks, grasslands, dry places or on snow, we should not alter the camping places.Walking in established places is also important: use established paths, and if there aren’t, spread your presence to avoid creating trails.
- Proper disposal of waste:
Disposing waste correctly is important to avoid water contamination, and avoid the negative implications of it being disposed of badly. Before leaving the place you visited, check carefully, do not leave garbage, food scraps or waste. Take all your garbage with you, never leave anything in natural areas (even if they are organic! As it will affect the local fauna).Use soaps and personal hygiene items that are biodegradable in small amounts.
- Respect wildlife:
Respect the fauna and wildlife by observing in silence, without disturbing the environment and ecosystem of flora and fauna. As much as possible, try to go unnoticed by the local fauna, avoid them fleeing when they see us.Do not feed the local animals, even if they seem hungry. If we feed them, we create a new dependency, and little by little they begin to lose their ability to hunt, becoming dependent on humans, which would cause their death. Do not bring pets, as they spread diseases to wildlife.
- Minimize the use and impact of campfires:
The first thing you should do is avoid setting fires in natural places, since nature has been threatened many times by forest fires, caused many times by poor fire management. Use a small stove to cook and flashlights for lighting to avoid campfires.When campfires are allowed, use traditional and licensed fire-resistant pans, pots, and stoves and keep your campfire small. When you put out the fire, burn all the wood and charcoal scraps and put the fire out completely. Then scatter the ashes.
- Consider other visitors:
When you visit natural areas, remember that others also come to enjoy silence and connection with nature. Respect and protect the quality of your visit and that of others.
- Don’t take what you find:If you discover archaeological remains, rocks or plants that call your attention, observe it and enjoy it, but do not take it with you, and thus allow others to know and educate themselves as well. Examine without touching, always taking care of historical and natural structures.Let’s follow the LNT rules to enjoy natural areas, always with respect and care!