B.G.T. & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Bella Guatemala Travel is committed to a sustainable approach to tourism. This means that neither the natural environment nor the socio-cultural fabric of the host communities will be impaired by our visit. On the contrary, the natural environment and local communities should benefit from tourism, both economically and culturally. Sustainable tourism also respects local people, the traveler, cultural heritage and the environment. It offers an exciting and educational travel experience that provides a positive impact on the society and economy.
Pending establishment in 2017, BGT Foundation will be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows travelers to give back to the communities in which they visit with Bella Guatemala Travel.
Causes of interest include:
ENTREPRENEURSHIP/WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: Funding, support, and raising awareness of indigenous Mayan women weavers cooperatives
ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION: Funding efforts to preserve Mayan pre-Columbian ruins in Guatemala
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: Ensuring natural environments like Lake Atitlan and the Belize Reef are protected from further pollutants
EDUCATION: Providing access to education for underprivileged indigenous children, in addition to the production of educational documentaries on the culture, traditions, and archaeological discoveries of Guatemala
HEALTH: Outreach and support to improve the lives of underprivileged indigenous communities in Guatemala through health education and access to services