"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain
Travel generates a high ecological footprint, especially high when compared to the footprint of the local population. So, in the current global situation, where we should all contribute to protecting and preserving our environment, the best thing we can do for the environment is to be careful on HOW we travel.
The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest are two of the most attractive travel destinations in the world, and at the same time, they represent two of the world's most fragile ecoregions. This is why we have been very careful in designing our tours in order to use tourism as a mechanism to promote conservation. And this is also why we do not offer everything, but rather very specific proven environmentally- and socially-friendly travel experiences.
Following is a brief description on how by choosing our tours you contribute to the environment. For more information and advice, please feel free to contact us.
Supporting the Achuar indigenous nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
Ecuador AchuarOnly accessible by air, the Achuar Indigenous nation occupies what is arguably the biggest region of pristine Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, almost two million acres. This indigenous nation in 1995 chose ecotourism as its main strategy for achieving sustainability. We have been supporting the Achuar tourism project since 1998, working closely with the community leaders, the award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge, www.kapawi.com, and developing and operating new tourism products like the Tiinkias Ecotourism Center, www.communityecotourism.com. These are projects owned by the Achuar communities in what is becoming an ecotourism region. By joining our tours you become a participant of these development initiatives, where also the benefits produced by your visit are reinvested in strengthening these projects and also support other health, education, and conservation initiatives within the Achuar territory.
Supporting the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos TourtleThe Galapagos Islands represent a unique ecoregion, fragile and susceptible to even the smallest changes. Our tours try to reduce their impact to the minimum. We do this by working with partners that have quality certification seals or participate in implementing sustainable tourism practices: energy efficiency systems, reducing water consumption, implementing adequate waste management processes, using clean alternative technologies among others. We also work with partners that show social responsibility actions such as: purchasing local products, hiring local staff, and overall investing in products made in Galapagos that promote local participation.
An important part of our tours is following the principle of ecological leisure: taking your time to enjoy being out in nature. There is no point in rushing your visit to the Galapagos, since for most people this is a once in a lifetime experience. So, we try to optimize your ecological footprint by extending your stay to allow you to see deeper into the life of the Galapagos Islands. And this is why we do not offer everything, but rather selected programs and activities that are environmentally and socially conscious.
To support conservation, in the Galapagos Islands we work together with local conservation and development organizations and institutions, to reinvest a percentage of what you pay in direct conservation actions. Our activities include environmental education, reforestation and eradication of invasive species.