Code of Conduct

A code of conduct in tourism is an instrument of management and regulation that pursues transparency and surveillance of the behavior of travelers, tour operators and the community itself, with the purpose of guaranteeing mutual respect, a healthy intercultural coexistence and a enriching tourist experience. Its application also prevents conflicts, prevents the deterioration of the natural and cultural community heritage, and generates economic benefits.

The main objective is to develop values ​​that affect the attitudes and behavior of people, for a full enjoyment of leisure activities, respecting the rules of the game in their relations with other peoples and cultures, which strive to improve their conditions of existence . This good behavior must be developed in all phases of tourism: before, during and after the trip inside and outside the towns and communities visited.

Actions of an informal nature seek to adapt to the different ecosystems, societies and cultures visited by travelers, and are part of a broader process of mutual learning, dialogue between cultures and the socialization of knowledge and experiences, in favor of sustainable development Tourism. The various instruments that have been designed to regulate tourism, including codes of good behavior, aspire to put limits and checks on the negative effects of uncontrolled growth. Some tools are:

1) Provide tour operators and travel agencies with information to sensitize tourists that they are heading towards fragile ecological and cultural destinations.

2) Contribute to preparing travel packages more "green" or with social content.

3) Provide inputs to develop training programs for tourist guides and other actors.

4) Facilitate regular monitoring of the effects of tourists' behavior on the ecosystems they transit and on

the communities that visit.


To safeguard the rights and social traditions of the communities, one must:


  • Encourage partnerships and cooperation between governments and communities to ensure their participation in decision-making at all levels.

  • The tourist activity must facilitate a greater control of the management of the territories and their resources, strengthening the right of the communities to self-management.

  • Strengthen the organization and forms of social representation to ensure self-management of tourism and community involvement.

  • Preserve and disseminate ancestral collective knowledge applied to agricultural production, to the use and sustainable use of natural resources.

  • Support the institutionalization and legalization of community tourism companies.

  • Train members of the community to operate and manage the tourism business.