There are 7 Do Not Leave a Trace principles, or LNT principles, that serve as a goal to go exploring without leaving a trace, and that were created to promote and regulate outdoor ethics. The LNT rules are a guide so that you can enjoy nature and the outdoors in a sustainable and responsible way, thus reducing the impact of human beings in natural areas.
Here are the LNT Principles or Standards:
1.- Plan and prepare your trip in advance:
Learn 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.
2.- Travel and camp on resistant surfaces: (We remind you that in Parque Bahía Esperanza camping is not allowed).
It is important to understand that, by traveling, we inevitably cause damage to the land. Understanding this will help us take better decisions, such as preferring to sleep or rest in authorized camping sites, or on rocks, grasslands, dry places or on snow, lets not alter the camping sites.
Walking in established places is also important: use established paths, and if there aren’t, spread your presence to avoid creating trails.
3.- Proper disposal of waste:
Disposing of waste correctly is important to avoid water contamination, and 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.
4.- Respect the wildlife:
Respect fauna and wildlife by observing in silence, without disturbing the environment and ecosystem of flora and fauna. Try to go unnoticed by the local fauna, avoid them fleeing when they see you.
Do not feed the local fauna, 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 could cause their death. Try not to bring pets, as they spread diseases to the wildlife.
5.- Minimize the use and impact of bonfires: (We remind you that in Parque Bahía Esperanza it is not allowed to set fire)
The first thing you should do is avoid setting fires in natural places, since nature has been threatened many times by forest fires, caused by poor fire management. Use a small stove to cook and flashlights for lighting to avoid bonfires.
When campfires are allowed, use traditional and licensed fire-resistant pans, pots, and burners 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.
6.- 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 of others.
7.- Do not take what you find: (other than garbage)
If you discover archaeological remains, rocks or plants that catch your attention, observe it and enjoy it, but do not take it with you, and thus allow others to learn 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!