Responsible tourism: Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires tour, Iguazu Falls
- Rio do Prata (optional activity in Bonito, Brazil): Bonito is the capital of ecotourism in Brazil, is a beautiful town sorrounded by forests, lakes, rivers and waterwalls. Rio da Prata is a sanctuary of nature and people are really committed with the conservation of this place, this award-winning snorkelling tour features crystal-clear water, lots of fish, a walk through the forest and a delicious lunch made with production of their organic farm. The visit to Rio da Prata provide the visitor a unique experience of interaction with nature through ecotourism tours focused on innovation, environmental conservation and sustainable development of the region. Their sustainability guidelines includes a Private Natural Heritage Reserve to protect important areas and biodiversity, conscious behavior in natural environments through the practice of tourism with low environmental impact, priority hiring of local labor, craft sale only regional production to enhance the local culture, proper disposal of garbage and sewage, ecological management of rural production, constant raining employees and contractors and others.
All of our guides and drivers are locally sourced. Our services providers are all local. The Fazenda in the Pantanal – 3 day/2 nights: The largest contiguous wetland on the planet, the Pantanal is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary, a bio-geographic mixing bowl of fantastic biodiversity. The entire structure of The Fazenda Sao Joao is was built with reusing materials already that already exist in the region, woods and green tiles are recycled, confirming the commitment of the Otter Complex Step, a conservation program that supports the conservation of Pantanal, the fazenda it’s located on Park Road Pantanal in the middle of an extraordinary scenary and offers a deeper contact with nature. All activities are developed with local guides / monitors environmental skilled and trained to offer you all the details of the region visited, and ensure complete safety in transportation and stay on the sidewalks.
Support World Heritage and local conservation: On this trip there are numerous opportunities to visit important heritage sites and local conservation sites. Celebrating conservation is an important way to participate in sustainable tourism.
For example: - World Heritage: Iguaçu National Park was listed as Natural Heritage of Humanity and is one of the largest forest preservation areas in South America. It was also declare as one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World with 275 falls in all, spread over a 3-km area, some over 80m (262.4 ft) in height. - Local Conservation sites: The Bird Park in Foz do Iguaçu was constructed with the intention of offering ideal breeding conditions for birds, and at the same time guaranteeing the preservation of 16 hectares of native forest, modern techniques and careful environmental planning were applied in the design of each aviary. Paraty town one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, with a historic centre well-preserved national historic monument and today has been close to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambience. The stunning Ilha Grande island which is a pristine remnant of Brazil’s atlantic rainforest, a Nacional Patrimony protected area, are extremely diverse and encompasses 4.500 hectares of wilderness.
Supporting local culture and businesses: There are a multitude of opportunities to support local businesses and immerse yourself in South American culture on this trip. From the colourful markets to locally-owned restaurants and food stalls, the choices for eating and handicrafts are endless and the money is staying in the local economy.
The staff at the fazenda are locally hired, the meals included served typical using only the local production; the accommodation provide (sleeping hammocks) will introduce you to unique experience.
Other optional unique experiences on this trip that allow you to support the local economy and learn about Brazilian culture include: For example: - Favela Tour (Rio de Janeiro): Take a unique ride in a mototaxi (motorcycles use as public transportation and very popular among the locals) to the top of the favela (slum) and continue exploring the community by foot with the chance of visiting a local art studio that teaches the children how to produce art if they can prove they go to school and have good grades or Planeterra’s local project a community-run center where children are provided with a safe and loving atmosphere, cultural and educational activities, nutritious meals and health care. This center is run by a group of local women who are working to improve the quality of life in the favela and keep children off the streets where there is strong pressure to join gangs involved in drug trafficking.