Patagonian glaciers holiday with ice trekking

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Patagonian glaciers holiday with ice trekking

Environment

The main attraction of this trip is Los Glaciares National Park, one of world’s oldest. The Park owes its name to the numerous glaciers covering approximately half of its land, making it a massive freshwater reservoir. Many of these glaciers are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field, while others are independent of the main ice field. The entrance fee contributes to the maintenance and conservation of such important ecosystem. The philosophy of the park is “Leave no trace”. Local rangers will advise travellers as to how to minimise their impact on the environment. Some key guidelines include keeping to marked trails, not disturbing the natural resources and taking back all the rubbish.

Travellers will be briefed as to how to hike responsibly and respectfully. We have developed some handy guidance to help respect the outdoors. Useful tips on how to travel responsibly, as well as information on local flora and fauna can also be found in the road book we provide to our travellers.

On this tour, we work with small hotels run by people aware of their environmental responsibilities. Most of the accommodation consists of traditional constructions, often built using local materials such as native woods.

This is a tailor-made, independent trip; groups are very small, normally comprised of 2 to 4 people, helping to minimise the negative environmental and social impact.

Community

We support local employment in our choice of accommodation, tours, restaurants, etc. We want local populations to benefit from the resources generated by tourism, by putting as much as possible back into the local communities.

This trip is no different from others we provide, in that it encourages real interaction between people while respecting the culture, history and customs of each individual community. All travellers are provided with detailed guidelines as to how to travel responsibly. We provide our travellers with a road book with useful information on local culture and customs.

Travellers will spend a full day in an authentic Patagonian Estancia, experiencing the traditional “Gaucho” culture, surrounded by breath-taking scenery. An opportunity to learn and participate in some of their daily activities such as cattle herding and sheep shearing. Visitors will also enjoy a dinner at the Estancia, including locally grown and organic products like vegetables and the famous Patagonian lamb.

We donate 3% of the total price of this trip to co-fund micro-projects implemented by local schools, associations and ONGs. These are community projects based on education and conservation activities, especially addressed to young people.

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