Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Principios No Deje Rastro
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Have you heard of Leave No Trace? It’s the easiest way to do your part to protect nature when you spend time outside. These principles are a quick and easy guide, they’re based on an abiding respect for nature.

Whether you’re picnicking in a local park, on a backpacking adventure, out walking the dog or camping on the beach you can follow these principles to protect the places we love.

Seven principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

Plan ahead and prepare

Learn about the place you plan to visit and prepare the necessary equipment to hike, camp, ride a bike or some other activity.

Planifique con anticipación y prepárese
Photo by Alex Espinosa.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

Camping on established campsites and walking on marked trails will help minimize damage to vegetation and keep you safe.

Dispose of waste properly

Carry bags or sacks to take the waste generated during the trip and don’t burn it.

Deseche los residuos de forma adecuada
Photo by Bryan Gerardo.

Leave what you find

Allow others to enjoy the place and its beauty, it’s important to leave the site as you found it. Please don’t take shells, rocks or artifacts of historical or archaeological value.

Minimize campfire impacts

Make campfires only in permitted places and make sure to put them out completely.

Minimice el impacto de fogatas
Photo by Bárbara Ramírez.

Respect wildlife

Remember that as a visitor you can protect wildlife and respect the natural environment, keep a safe distance from animals and don’t feed them. Control pet at all times or leave them at home.

Be considerate of other visitors

Respect other visitors who also want to enjoy nature.

Sea considerado con otros visitantes
Photo by Alejandro Arias.

Since 2018 we’re committed to sharing and promoting these principles through workshops and trainers courses, we also apply them on our activities and events.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 that promotes the principles of Leave No Trace. It’s a program designed to expand the understanding of how we can enjoy the out-of-doors while protecting the natural areas whenever you recreate outdoors.