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At www.tikalpark.com we strive to keep Tikal a clean and healthy destination, not only for our wildlife and for our park itself, but also for all the people living around Tikal, for all Guatemalans, for our Central American brothers and sisters and for the citizens of the World (and not necessarily only for those who visit us)!!!

We are measuring the impacts our travelers have on getting to Tikal, and have taken an active stand in offsetting these impacts*, however, small they may be.

We have started by analyzing the total carbon dioxide emissions generated by the flights used by our passengers to arrive at our airport.

We have set up a mitigation program consisting of buying land South of our park and planting trees to create a buffer zone for our park and helping the park’s neighboring properties replace deforested patches with carbon capturing agro-forestry plantations & restoring the ancient Maya cultural landscape with organic development programs for our people…

We want you to be a part of our program to keep Tikal safe of invasions and offset CO2 emissions as well as to keep ecotourism a green business…

Because of the kind of aircraft used to service our air routes we believe that 0.05 tonnes of CO2 per passenger is generated by a flight from Guatemala City to Flores, and perhaps even less.

Only 0.119 tonnes of CO2 are generated by a direct return flight from Flores to Belize.

While only 0.155 tonnes of CO2 are generated by a direct return flight from Flores to Cancun, 0.17 tonnes of CO2 are generated by a return flight (with a stopover in Flores) from Guatemala to Cancun*.

We have also considered other vehicles in our measurements and strive to have the latest model vehicles with perfect maintenance to guarantee lower fuel consumption and making our transfers as friendly with the environment as possible…

If you would like to offset the emissions from your flights within our region and for your ground transportation and help us help Tikal stay beautiful and green…

here is what you can do to contribute:

Esto de aqui debe ser un cuadro y luego llenamos las cantidades

CO2 offset
Contribution for flights on these routes from / to
US$ 16.50 per ton
Euros 11.08 per ton
GBPs 10 per ton
Guatemala City- Flores round trip with TAG or TACA      
Guatemala City- Flores one way with TAG or TACA
     
Belize City- Flores round trip with TROPIC AIR
     
Belize City- Flores one way with TROPIC AIR
     
Cancun- Flores round trip with TACA
     
Cancun- Flores one way with TACA
     
Guatemala City- Cancun round trip with TACA
     
Guatemala City- Cancun one way with TACA
Flores- El Mirador by helicopter
     
Ground transportatin from Flores airport to Tikal 49 miles
     
Volunteer to plant trees south of Tikal National Park
     
Volunteer to help women’s development projects in Carmelita south of the Mirador Rio Azul National Park
Volunteer to invest time in other communities imparting environmental education
     
*This data was obtained through the use of different carbon footprint calculators that you may also find on line. Please see our links below...

Aviation and CO2 emissions Although the figures seem to vary, the general consensus is that aviation currently contributes about 4% of global CO2 emissions (worldwide). In the US all of aviation accounts for only 2 percent of all CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels…

“Aviation has established an outstanding track record in reducing its environmental impact as it grows to meet rising demand for transportation around the world,” says CESSNA CEO Jack Pelton. He says we must pursue policies and practices that balance progress and technology with environmental sensitivity but warns that further reducing aviation’s impact on climate change requires partnership between industry and government and a commitment to find realistic solutions everyone can live with”.

In any case the turboprop engine is the proven airline benchmark for low fuel consumption on short haul regional routes ...

All planes traveling from Guatemala City, Belize City and Cancun to Flores’ Mundo Maya International Airport (MGTK), belonging to the three airlines covering these routes, are single engine turboprops or twin turboprops, manufactured by companies seriously involved with reducing maintenance costs and lowering CO2 emissions per passenger.

Offering the lowest fuel consumption and carbon emissions, turboprop engines produce up to 50 percent lower CO2 emissions than similar sized jets using turbines. Larger jet planes produce larger amounts of CO2 emissions. This does not mean you cannot travel anymore, it only means you may want to do it a little more consciously by offsetting your carbon footprint…

All flights arriving to the Mundo Maya International Airport from Belize, Guatemala City and Cancun are manufactured by Embraer from Brazil, Saab from Sweden and ATR from France and Italy, featuring the lowest fuel consumption per passenger and CO2 emissions in regional aviation. Even while traffic shows growth these manufacturer's idea has been to meet the 1997 Kyoto Protocol target for CO2 emissions and continue to make every effort possible to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, as per COP 15’s (Copenhagen’s Summit on Climate Change) objectives. As a tour operator, using these planes for our passenger's trips and other modes of transportation, we at Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists and www.tikalpark.com we are determined to take a stand and also do our share...

Although an insignificantly small fraction of aircraft attributable emissions in the world are generated on the air routes to Tikal we are determined to take responsibility, regulate ourselves where regulations are still lacking and participate in being part of the solution to the problems of Global Climate Change by offsetting our carbon footprint without compromising the quality of the services we will gladly provide you with during your stay or your experience of visiting the fabulous Maya city of Tikal. We understand that pollution concentrations clearly depend on engine or turbine technical data and burning fuel temperature and that is why we use only helicopters manufactured by Eurocopter, a cutting edge company involved in the leading CLEANSKY program, innovating the technology made to soar the skies while keeping track of carbon and other pollutants generated by the equipment we use for our helicopter tours. You don’t have to miss the amazing opportunity to fly over the incredibly beautiful Maya jungle because you can do it and help bring a human face to conservation by backing our women’s development projects in the community of Carmelita, south of the Mirador Rio Azul National Park…

Links to other carbon emission sources:

Aviation and climate change…

http://www2.icao.int/en/carbonoffset/Pages/default.aspx
http://www2.icao.int/en/carbonoffset/Documents/ICAO%20MethodologyV2.pdf

Links to Carbon calculators…

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator1.html
http://www.carbonfootprint.com/americasoffset.html
http://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator/

Links to Eurocopter helicopters and cleaner skies…

http://www.eurocopter.com/site/en/ref/Engine-emissions_948.html
http://www.eurocopter.com/w1/jrotor/76/cleansky.html
http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/with-an-eye-to-the-environment-eurocopter-mulls-system-changes/

More links

http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/emep-eea-emission-inventory-guidebook-2009/part-b-sectoral-guidance-chapters/1-energy/1-a-combustion/1-a-3-a-aviation.pdf
http://www.pe-international.com/index.php?id=6105&L=0/&gclid=CN-OqZO3w54CFWpd5Qode1gmpg
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