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Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism

“Petit Prince sur les sables” is a Moroccan agency, managed by local guides, of touareg origin, who know customs and traditions of the Sahara desert, and know how to discreetly slip you into their wonderful culture, welcoming visitors who will love the desert, just as they do themselves.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

The journey in the wilderness is in itself an experience of safeguarding resources and reduction of waste; the experience of spending the night in the desert takes place according to the traditions and lifestyles of its inhabitants, the nomads, which over time have handed down from father to son their customs according to the principles of respect for nature and gifts of the Sahara desert.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Being an agency run by locals, the large community of M’hamid small desert village, known as the desert gate, receives a large benefit; especially the families of M’hamid linked by kinship ties build together a network of collaboration and mutual support, which will mean for the tourist a warm sense of hospitality. Often tourists are invited to the home of the guides, where families welcome the guests with all the sense of sacredness due to someone who comes from far away, according to the ancient nomadic traditions

ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY

It often happens that tourists finance the useful works to the Community (wells, notebooks for schools, medicines) in a context of great poverty and basic needs. The Agency has not yet developed a programme of support to specific projects but it is in its objectives to do it in the future. Both the guides and the owners of the Agency are locals. Structures used for the reception are not tourist hotels but riad, bivouacs, shelters and the homes of locals, tourists often share customs and traditions (ways of cooking, use of water resources, etc.) all art craft and products used during the tourist route are produced locally, according to ancient craft traditions, and with the use of local materials

COMMUNICATIONS

The Agency is promoter of information concerning the local festivals, local folk tradition and the tradition of the sarawoui people; there are in fact numerous festivals throughout the year and are mostly celebrations, singing traditions, music, dance and theatre events, games of camels that are passed down from generation to generation, but which unfortunately are not very well known and at risk of disappearing due to the strong Moroccan emigration towards the large industrial cities. Only the responsible tourism could safeguard these habits …

If you decide to spend your holydays in Morocco, make sure that your trip will benefit the environment and its local people, by respecting the environment preserving Morocco’s unique ecosystem, participating in a Volunteer Project, spending few days of your vacation volunteering for a local organization, buying local, making an impact in the local economy (by choosing to stay at locally owned lodges or bivouac rather than big name chain hotels), eating regional foods and purchasing women’s cooperative locally made products.

Trekking and ecotourism

According to the International Ecotourism Society, “ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well being of local people.”

By choosing environmentally responsible travel you can have both the Moroccan vacation of your dreams and the reward of knowing you had a positive impact on the community.

If you wish travelling back to a different age and leave the frenetic modern world behind, you only need a journey through wild and remote desert – by camel! You’ll spend the night in nomad tents, have lunch with the inhabitants of the desert villages, taking part with a warm welcome to their everyday life and be part of a typical desert caravan. Local camel drivers will accompany you throughout the trek, and show you the traditional desert lifestyles, with their ancient tales of their grandfathers’ caravans. The contact with wilderness will prove to be much more than a journey while enjoying the at golden sand dunes and palm-fringed oasis.

Eco and ethno-tours

Just another way to get in touch with local traditions and learn more about ourselves and personal abilities. With our ethno-tour you will explore the traditions and expression of the Moroccan people through their folk costume and pottery and textile arts. The tour includes shopping, entertainment, dining, cultural experiences, and visits to women’s cooperatives. The focus includes embroidery, weaving, pottery.

Morocco unique style and art craftmanship is a mix of mediterranean and african arts, ancient expertise and culture. You will discover the authentic Moroccan style through craftmaships, local events, and international desert festivals.