This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Patagonia adventure holiday, Chile and Argentina
Excursions and transfers are done on a shared basis to minimize the carbon emissions from the vehicles and boats used on this safari. Throughout this safari we also, wherever possible, promote the use of eco-lodges, and locally built accommodation which results in the traveller having a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. For example, Patagonia Camp has been designed and built to have minimum impact on the environment and to be visually and structurally harmonious with the landscape of the area and was designed so that guests may totally immerse themselves in the extraordinary natural landscapes of Patagonia, without foregoing luxury and comfort. Conservation is also high on our list of priorities and we ensure that we educate all guests when visiting National Parks and areas of interest in order to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint.
We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Borough. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact.
Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals. Even on specialist led trips, we still try our best to use the local guides along side, we whole-heartedly do not believe in taking jobs from local populations for our own needs.
When it comes to accommodation, we have tried to use lodges that are further away from the usual tourist trail, thus spreading the money spent by tourists further into the communities. This is turn shows the economic importance of the wildlife and natural assets of the area.
We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the ‘thing to do’; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.
Please note that we give a direct contribution of each safari sold to conserving the wildlife, helping local communities and supporting local conservation agencies.