Why The Fifth Lake? Towards responsible and sustainable tourism.
Tourism that creates better places for people to live in and better places to visit.
The Fifth Lake has been thought to cause the least possible impact to the environment while offering an excellent walking experience: selected accommodation providers; tasty meals suited to provide the energy needed for the walking hours, and extense information about the destination (public transport, weather reports…)
Criteria of responsibility for The Fifth Lake
- Arrival by public transport, via the Lakes Train, is encouraged. The Fifth Lake’s name is derived from our endorsement of the train as a means of getting to the starting point. Once visitors pass the four lakes by train (Sant Llorenç de Montgai, Camarasa, Cellers and Sant Antoni), they arrive in La Pobla de Segur, where they begin the trek towards the Fifth Lake.
- Accommodation is available that is increasingly more involved in environmental resource management.
- Minimum waste is generated (lunch box and bundle).
- Hikers are encouraged not to leave any trace of their presence on the landscape:
- 1. Nothing should be removed from the place.
- 2. Wildlife must be respected.
- 3. Consideration towards their hosts and towards other visitors must be shown.
- 4. Respect must be shown to farmers and the tools of their trade, for instance fences.
- A contribution is made towards preserving the paths and landscapes.
- It is the product of owners’ awareness, responsibility and participation in the preservation of their environment, both their natural and cultural heritage.
- Public support is enjoyed. It has come into being thanks to the collaboration of individuals, organisations, businesses, town councils, etc., thereby fostering local cohesion.
- It encourages “authenticity in tourism”: the preservation of paths, villages, traditions, etc., fostering cultural exchange between visitors and the region.
- It provides an insight into the wealth of the region’s natural and cultural heritage, thereby unlocking its value.
- Local products, both foodstuffs and crafts, are promoted.
- The visitor is involved in the region, in such a way that part of their payment is reinvested in the maintenance and improvement of the network of paths they use.
- The local economy is boosted and diversified, involving as many businesses in the region as possible.
- Additional environmentally-friendly activities are proposed.
- An investment is made in the future, offering economic alternatives that did not exist previously.
- It is a product of high calibre that reflects, complements and enhances the region.