Brazil wildlife holiday, in search of Jaguars

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Brazil wildlife holiday, in search of Jaguars

Environment

We have chosen the Araras Eco Lodge for this trip into the Pantanal as it was the pioneer of Eco-Tourism in the Pantanal, nearly 30 years ago. The environment in this vast wetland (the biggest in the world) is fragile and supports unique wildlife, particularly birds. 'Araras' translates to 'Macaws' and the lodge is closely linked with the conservation of the spectacular Hyacinth Macaw. With pressures from the illegal pet trade, habitat destruction and loss of food sources, this bright blue parrot was critically endangered, but now, thanks to projects like this one, it's numbers are slowly increasing. Araras Eco Lodge plants acuri palm, erects artificial nest boxes and monitors breeding behaviour of the birds and has increased the numbers on it's ranch from just 27 birds in 1993 to over 70 today.

Much of this work is due to the hard work and dedication of André Thuronyi - the director of the lodge. He is a consultant to State Government organisations such as Tourism and Environment Secretariat, he was the Chapada dos Guimarães’ municipal Secretary and he’s a permanent member of Amazon’s GTC, for implanting Eco Tourism in the legal Amazon. He is also an active member of ABAV/MT, of which he was the President for the years 1999/2001, he’s the Vice-President of ADEPAM (Pantanal Defense Association) and coordinator of Corredor do Ecoturismo - ECONET Brasil.

Araras Eco-Lodge also promotes the welfare and conservation of all aspects of the Pantanal, and strongly encourages visitors to do the same. It has it's own water supply and recycling methods, alternates the tracks for safari's to allow each area to naturally regenerate, guides take only 10 people at a time to avoid disturbing the wildlife and use equipment that produces no sound or harmful pollution.

Pre-Trip Notes: Prior to travel we send all clients a trip dossier which is a detailed set of trip notes which not only include an in depth overview of their holiday but which also give responsible travel guidelines.

On Trip Advice: Whilst on tour our local guides are on hand to provide relevant advice on how to behave in an appropriate and responsible manner including recycling practices.

Social and Environmental Projects: Our primary focus is on social rather than environmental projects as these are more prevalent in Brazil and elsewhere in South America such as the Morrinho favela project which we encourage clients to visit when on holiday in Rio de Janeiro.

Community

All of our itineraries are conducted in conjunction with carefully selected local partners that have been rigorously vetted to ensure that they operate in a responsible manner. The companies we work with similarly share our belief in responsible tourism. Many of our suppliers are members of ABETA, a Brazilian organisation whose aim it is to promote sustainability within the tourism sector and to encourage more people to adhere to such beliefs.

The vast majority of our tailor-made itineraries utilise tourist guides to take our clients around important sites. These guides are always local, without exception. Our experience is that our clients greatly enjoy the insight into the local culture and way of life that can be provided by a local guide.

When selecting hotels we generally look for smaller establishments that are locally owned, rather than large international chain hotels. This not only ensures that money stays within the local community but also usually provides a better experience for our clients. Smaller establishments often provide a level of service that is not often replicated in larger properties. In addition the staff and suppliers for smaller locally owned hotels are almost always from within the country concerned which retains tourist wealth. We also prefer to recommend hotels which do not negatively impact on their environment. Brazil, despite its flourishing economy, is still very much a developing country in terms of tourism, however there are a number of hotels at the forefront of sustainability projects creating environmentally low impact properties which mould into their surroundings.

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