Guyana holiday, small group tour

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2016: 8 Oct, 19 Nov, 10 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Guyana holiday, small group tour

Environment

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre-departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centers, and recycle all our waste. Staff are encouraged to ride a bike or take public transport to work.

On this trip you will be travelling through many fragile environments and ecosystems. Guides will help you to encounter wildlife and birdwatch responsibly whilst also ensuring that no fragile landscapes are damaged. Travel is by boat and on foot where possible to help with preservation efforts.

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, local produce for meals to transport on tour. We do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. We aim to use where possible, hotels which have minimum impact on the surrounding forests. Hotels we hand pick due to their commitment to the future of the planet.

In our pre departure information pack, and through the orientation on the ground we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the fragile ecosystem of the Guyana jungle. This information includes simple advice on the disposal of waste whilst with us, and also how we offset the carbon emissions through our carbon offsetting program. All entry fees paid for the entrance into the Kaieteur national park contribute to its upkeep and help preserve it for the future.

Community

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do.

In Guyana we only use local guides and our clients sleep in locally owned accommodation. In our pre-tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimize the impact on both local environments and communities in Guyana so our clients are fully prepared before they go. We encourage our guests to visit local markets where possible, for example in Georgetown City Tour, where travellers can visit the Stabroek Market, offering every item you imagine, from meat and vegetables to jewellery and household goods.

Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the local communities we visit, as well as their knowledge of the lakes, fauna and flora you will pass on route. This will give you an insight into the history of this fascinating region.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip. Most importantly a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in needs.

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