Eco-tourism

Here at Malongo, over and beyond fair trade, we are committed to coffee ecotourism.

Sustainable ecological tourism

Ecotourism is a "responsible trip to natural environments where the resources and well-being of the populations are protected". This ecological tourism promotes biodiversity in view of sustainable development, and integrates an ethical and eco-citizen dimension. It respects cultural diversity, environmental links and contributes to the well-being of local populations.

Malongo opted to encourage practices based on plantation life.
 

Eco-tourism in Mexico

Malongo allows groups of 10 to be integrated in a village of active farmers for a few days: within the UCIRI community, the pioneers of fair trade. The stay in the plantations is entirely organised by the inhabitants: guides, harvesters and hosts. They obtain additional income from this activity.

Coffee ecotourists  discover the daily life of the community, and the main stages in coffee growing: depulping, washing and drying. They may participate in harvesting. They will come into contact with the workings and implications of fair trade and organic farming.

These cultural trips target the discovery of the heritage of Mexico via interactive tourism at the heart of the coffee plantations, combined with traditional luxury tourism.
 

Ecotrips at OAXACA: solidarity and fairness

On the edge of the Pacific, 500 km to the south of Mexico, lies the state of Oaxaca, a site of natural splendour at an altitude of 1500 m. Housing treasures from a thousand-year old Indian culture, lakes and waterfalls in unimaginable colours and impressive cliffs: this is the most astounding location in Mexico.

You can admire this splendour from above, on the slopes of Monte Alban, the amazing pre-Colombian archaeological site. This reflects the power of the Zapotec civilisation and became part of the world heritage of Humanity in 1987.

Browse from the Tule tree, the largest on the planet -58m !-, aged two thousand years, to the mat weavers, and the creators of black ceramics, to gold and silverware, or the town of Juchitan de Zaragoza where only the women still speak Zapotec and enshrine this matrilineal civilisation in their female solidarity.

When you land in Mexico, you will obviously visit the historical centre, Zocalo, and head north to the Birthplace of the gods: Teotihuacan. This was the largest city in Pre-Colombian America, and a multi-ethnic town: Zapotec, Mixtec and Maya populations. This town is classified UNESCO world heritage.

But the high point of your stay will remain the UCIRI cooperative: Union de Comunidades Indigenas de la Region del Istmo. UCIRI was founded in 1983 as the birthplace of Fair Trade and Malongo is its traditional partner. 55 indigenous communities have come together here. A wide range of ethnic origins are involved: Zapotecs, Mixes, Mixtecs and Chontals. These 2349 families each have 2 - 5 hectares on average for coffee growing. The worker-priest Frans Van Der Hoff (co-founder of the Association and the Max Havelaar label) is a member.

UCIRI. Let us consider the phases in the preparation of coffee. Sorting, bagging and roasting. Let us move on towards Lachiviza, where the coffee beans are drying under the sun. An earth track leads up to an altitude of 1500 m, in the small village of Chayotepec, with an unforgettable welcome from the village people. Two days of daily sharing in the coffee harvest. Or traditional roasting. Or the production of cheeses, tortillas, the collection of medicinal plants, horse rides and the observation of the fauna and flora.

Before leaving, you will, of course, relax on the untouched beaches of Huatulco… 

Check list for ecotourists in Mexico

Ecotrips: OAXACA, out meeting small growers

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS FROM MEXICO TO HUATULCO D1. Paris  - Mexico *  D2. Mexico – Teotihuacan - Mexico
D3. Mexico *  D4. Mexico - Oaxaca D5 - D6. Oaxaca *  D7. Oaxaca – Tule - Mitla D8. Ixtepec – UCIRI – Chayotepec *  D9 - D10. Chayotepec
D11. Chayotepec –Juchitan de Zagarosa – Tehuantepec
D12 - D13. Huatuclo *  D14. Huatuclo – Mexico – Paris * D15. Arrival in Paris
 
10 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM MEXICO TO HUATULCO D1. Paris-Mexico D2. Visit to Mexico * D3. Mexico and departure for Teotihuacan, the Birthplace of the GodsD4. Huatulco and Ixtepec * D5. Lachiviza (UCIRI coffee transformation) and Chayotepec D6. Chayotepec * D7. Chayotepec-Huatulco * D8. Huatulco D9. Huatulco-Mexico-Paris * D10. Arrival in Paris