Ecuador and Galapagos tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador and Galapagos tour

Environment

We understand that travel and tourism can both benefit and harm the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. As members of AITO, we are committed to AITO’s Sustainable Tourism Guidelines, which means that we ensure that environmental and cultural demands are kept as low as possible.

We also support the LATA Foundation, who run social and environmental projects throughout the continent. Currently, they support a youth-led campaign aiming to reduce the damaging effects of plastics in the Galápagos Islands. During 2018, the Galapagos Conservations Trust and the local environmental community group Grupo Eco Cultural Organizado aim to reduce plastic bag use on San Cristobal island by 50% through raising awareness across the local community. They organise educational and training programmes in cooperation with local businesses and schools.

Furthermore, we support the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the UK’s only registered charity focussing exclusively on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Archipelago. As part of our commitment to the conservation of the unique Galapagos ecosystem, we are delighted to offer one year's membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust to anyone booking a Galapagos Islands holiday with us.

We also work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants.

On the Galápagos you will have the opportunity to explore the islands in sustainable ways: on foot, by bike or kayak – this all in order to preserve the flora and fauna of the archipelago. Also on the mainland of Ecuador you will have the opportunity to explore places on foot, both in colonial Quito as well as in Cotopaxi National Park you will enjoy guided walking tours.

Community

We’ve developed strong relationships with local suppliers who all share our vision and agree to uphold a commitment to local communities and their development through fair employment policies and responsible energy use, and ensure that benefits from tourism filter down to local communities.
Furthermore, on Santa Cruz Island you will stay at Mainao Hotel, which started as a family house and is still run by a local family.

We promote interaction with local communities and want our clients to have unforgettable experiences. In Latacunga for example you will visit an authentic market where they sell agricultural produce from the outlying farms and hamlets. In addition, you will visit the Llama Museum, handicraft shop and llama trail in Palacio Real. We always encourage interaction with local communities and can assist in advising what would be the best way to communicate with them, what and what not to buy and how to take pictures respectfully for example.

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