Puma tracking in Patagonia holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Puma tracking in Patagonia holiday

Environment

We know our wildlife; in fact, it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so, therefore it is essential that we preserve the natural habitat and home off all creatures, big and small. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes open for new projects.

Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water, from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets, rain water being used for washing and using solar power heating like at the Refugio Laguna Amarga. Heating is only available from 07:00 - 08:00 and from 21:00 to midnight as the whole building runs off solar power only. Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally owned eco-lodges.

Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations, in this case the Refugio Laguna Amarga is very remote and uses the best resources it can to run environmentally friendly as possible. We do make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in order to find ways of improving their services with the environment in mind.

We try to use shared excursions and transfers where possible to minimising the carbon emissions from the vehicles used.

We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove.

Community

Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport to equipment. Refugio Laguna Amarga is a perfect example of this, due to the remote location of the accommodation it is not possible to not source everything locally, from staff, food and general supplies. The accommodation would simply not be able to run without the help of the local communities. Through the employment of the local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that may not otherwise benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and for this tailormade safari it is needed, excellent tracking experts are needed or else clients may simply not see any pumas, therefore proving that few people know a place better than the locals. When it comes to accommodation, this trip incorporates a lodge that is further away from the usual tourist trail, thus spreading the money spent by tourists further into the communities. This in turn shows the economic importance of the wildlife and natural assets of the area, which feeds back into helping the environment - win!

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give out travellers advise on how to interact with the local populations, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. Please note that the contribution of each safari we give directly goes towards not only conserving the wildlife but also by helping local communities and supporting local conservation agencies as well.

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