South America Ecotravel

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A family-owned and operated business, passionate about using tourism as a conservation tool. Our tourism company benefits local and indigenous groups through the participation of conservation-minded travellers who want to experience travel in a more meaningful way. We specialize in small travel groups of 6-10 people, offering highly knowledgeable, thoughtfully designed tours to Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil.
Member since: 02 Jun 2015

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • Our operations include third parties who are local individuals or companies that are legally employed in tourism.
  • We have written agreements with local communities like Yachq’s in Peru, Berraco del Madidi and Chalalan Ecolodge to work as partner.
  • Since 2005, we have supported a dedicated local teacher from the Tumupasa Village who leads teams of young students in promoting environmental awareness near Madidi National Park. We also assisted in the successful implementation of Chalalán Ecolodge which is now 100% fully owned and operated by members of the San José de Uchupiamonas Community. Our efforts have been crucial in benefiting the economies of the San José de Uchupiamonas inhabitants, who can now access permanent jobs. This experience– that changed the fate of nature tourism in Bolivia– has been a valuable real-time experience and guidance for international conservation NGOs, donors, tour operators and ecotourism consultants in Bolivia.

Environmental responsibility

  • We place a great emphasis on environmental responsibility. Our knowledgeable and hardworking staff are focused on providing tourism services that avoid any negative impact on natural or cultural environments and instruct tourists on the responsible way to travel through fragile areas.
  • We firmly believe properly conducted Ecotours will help protect and save many of the wondrous and spectacular sights in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina and we have been striving to create a base for this, via the implementation of the the Chalalán Ecolodge within Madidi National Park for example.
  • We have also supported the hiring of a dedicated local teacher from the Tumupasa Village who leads teams of young students in promoting environmental awareness near Madidi National Park. This area is currently impacted by destructive, poor-yielding agricultural development, and extensive cattle ranching. Professor Martin Laura teaches his students about recycling and reusing solid waste, the impact of rainforest destruction, local extirpation of wildlife, and loss of biodiversity, and hopes he will be able to help mitigate environmental problems created due to lack of knowledge or by government programs fuelled by poorly planned colonization schemes.

Social responsibility

  • Since 1998, our company in Bolivia by the name of America Tours has assisted in the successful implementation of Chalalán Ecolodge within Madidi National Park. The lodge is now 100% fully owned and operated by members of the San José de Uchupiamonas Community. Today, Chalalán is considered one of the best, if not the most successful, ecotourism experience in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
  • Like no other national or international tour operator our staff worked training the Josesanos since 1990 in rainforest interpretation, guiding, marketing, English, lodge administration, food and beverage.
  • Our sales efforts have been the most important foundation for Chalalan Ecolodge business sustainability. In this way, our efforts have been crucial in benefiting the economies of the San José de Uchupiamonas inhabitants, who can access more permanent jobs. This experience – which changed the fate of nature tourism in Bolivia– has been a valuable real-time experience and guidance for international conservation NGOs, donors, tour operators and ecotourism consultants in Bolivia.

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