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2019: 19 Aug
2020: 17 Aug
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Responsible tourism: Bolivia small group tour, Bolivia uncovered

Environment

Environmental thinking isnít at the forefront of everyday life in Bolivia, so we need to keep it at the forefront of ours. We always make sure to take all litter with us, disposing of it responsibly in big cities and towns and mustnít leave cigarette butts either. Bringing a reusable water bottle is a great idea and if purchasing any snacks, we encourage our travellers to avoid excess packaging.

We visit some very remote and pristine areas on this trip - including the Salar de Uyuni and the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - and we are careful to leave these places as they were found. Likewise, if we see any rubbish, we pick it up when possible.

We run an optional extension to the Bolivian Pantanal to try and spot some incredible species in the wild. Like we advise for our Peru trip, if our travellers see any wild animals being kept in captivity or being mistreated throughout their time in Bolivia, we encourage them to report this to the relevant animal welfare and conservation organisations. We also advise our travellers not to have their photos taken with captive animals as this fuels the illegal wildlife trade and encourages locals to keep taking animals from the wild.

Community

Using local guides ensures money stays within local economies and means we will be treated to such valuable, in-depth and honest knowledge which we perhaps wouldnít get from a western guide. It also means we are keeping carbon emissions down. Throughout the tour, we stay in smaller and more traditional hotels where possible, as to avoid putting money into the pockets of big, international hotel chains.

Where small local shops exist within the villages, we encourage our travellers to buy something, be it a cold drink or a snack, so that we have some economic benefit, however small. We employ local guides from communities to show us around Ė not only does this give our travellers a greater insight into traditions but again it helps to put money into the local economy.

We visit a number of sites and monuments on this tour that do not necessarily receive much funding from other sources. The entrance fees that we include help to maintain the heritage of this country for future generations Ė not just western travellers but more importantly for local people, to whom these sites have far more cultural and historical significance. We use locally owned suppliers and our partners here are deeply involved with the preservation of the culture and heritage of the countries we travel through.

Most people like to take photos on their travels, and itís sometimes easy to forget that the photogenic person in front of you may not want their picture taken. We always ask if itís okay, and respect their wishes if they say no. It is also best to refrain from taking photographs in churches, especially in the Andes.

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