At EF Ultimate Break, our Responsible Travel initiatives focus on three main commitments: to protect the environment, respect wildlife, and support the communities we visit. Our culturally immersive trips uphold each of these commitments to work towards a more sustainable world—now, and for years to come.
Protecting the environment
It’s simple. Planet Earth is our home (also a fantastic docuseries). When we travel, we leave footprints wherever we go. And it’s up to all of us to be mindful and respect the environment.
What we’re doing
We're committed to improving the sustainability of our trips by embracing eco-friendly practices, supporting local conservation efforts, reducing and recycling waste, and working with local suppliers to design eco-friendly activities that minimize our footprint.
Whether it’s planting trees outside the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Costa Rica or snorkeling (with reef-safe sunscreen) off the coast of Baru Island in Colombia, we are constantly evaluating and improving our experiences to lessen our impact on the environments we visit. EF Ultimate Break is also proud to be part of EF Education First's Hello Zero commitment, an initiative to remove all the carbon EF has emitted since its founding in 1965.
A path to remove our carbon footprint
Our favorite eco-friendly activities
- Visit Tikal National Park, an ancient Mayan city in present-day Guatemala, and walk among the remains of temples, palaces, and pyramids with a local guide.
- Plant some trees outside the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Costa Rica.
- Snorkel around Cayo Arena mangrove, an ecoregion in the Dominican Republic that feels like paradise on Earth.
- Stare in wonder at the sheer power of water at Pailon del Diablo, or “Devil's cauldron,” a waterfall in the Ecuadorean Andes.
- Check out the giant wild tortoises on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos, and then cool off with a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Las Grietas.
- Go sky high as you explore Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel situated 8,000 feet up in the Andes mountains of Peru.
- Hike through Colombia’s Chicaque Natural Park, and keep an eye out for sloths, birds, and butterflies.
- Slow down with a lazy river float through a series of sacred Mayan caves on the southern coast of Belize.
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Encountering animals in the wild is one of those classic “omg, is this really happening?” moments we all hope for when we travel. But there is a right way to enjoy the experience (selfies are totally cool—as long as they’re in the wild and you keep your distance), and then there’s a wrong way.
What we’re doing
We are proud to work with the non-profit organization World Animal Protection to implement animal welfare guidelines throughout all our trips worldwide—because truly experiencing a destination should not mean harming the animals that call it home.
We rely on guidance from World Animal Protection and align with the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury, or disease
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Freedom to express normal behavior
All five must be met in order for an activity to meet our standards at EF.
What you can do
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