Hiking in Venezuela
How this holiday makes a difference
We make every attempt possible to preserve the natural environment. To do this, we only take small groups, usually less than eight people. We do not permit anyone from these groups to take souvenirs, such as feathers, rocks or plants, nor partake in any activity that will damage the landscape. Our Jeeps use unleaded gasoline and meet Western emission standards.
Condor Reintroduction Center: We support, and our clients have the opportunity to visit, the Condor Reintroduction Center. This enterprise studies the endangered Andean Condor and is attempting to repopulate the species. The Andean Condor is the largest flying bird in the world and has a strong presence in the local mythology.
Programa por los Andes Tropicales: Finally, we offer our clients the opportunity to participate in the Program for the Tropical Andes through monetary contributions or supplies for local farmers, business owners and/ or schools. The PAT provides business-ownership training, information about benefits of eco-tourism, and resources for minimizing the environmental impact of tourism.
Our trekking tours make a significant difference in the lives of our tourists, local farmers and guesthouse owners. Moreover, we make an active effort to conserve and educate our clients about the natural resources of Venezuela by providing local, educated guides, who understand the importance of plant and animal species such as the frailejon and Andean condor.
Most accommodations provided on our tours are in locally-owned guest houses (posadas) in order to stimulate economic growth and cultural enrichment. When not provided in guesthouses, accommodations are made by camping and meals are eaten in locally owned restaurants or from locally-gown crops.