Photography holiday in Colombia

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2021: 22 May
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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Small group sizes

Our standard group size is a maximum of 8 people. This ensures that we keep our footprint as light as possible and community and nature disturbance is minimised. Small group sizes also ensure that we can spend more time with each participant to explain the cultural sensitivities and the history of each area we visit. It also ensures that we do not overwhelm or intimidate any of our hosts or people we meet on the way.

Local Suppliers

Each of our suppliers are chosen due to their local connections with the area. The majority of the accommodation we will be staying in will be locally run guesthouses, supplying local produce, much of which will come directly from the communities we will be staying in. For example, we will visit the local fruit and vegetable market of Paloquemao and support the local economy by purchasing products directly from the growers.

Our transport will be sourced from local companies and we aim to source economy vehicles were practical to keep carbon emissions as low as possible. Through the most of our trip we will use a van for all the participants instead of private cars. We will also travel by boat and do a lot of hiking as opposed to using high-emissions vehicles.

Reusable bottles & local environmental guidance

Each participant will be provided with a traveller guide outlining ways in which water, energy and waste usage can all be reduced such as through the reuse of water bottles, conservation of energy by switching off lights/plugs during the day and reduction of waste through plastic recycling.
The participants will also be provided with reusable water bottles as we strive to discourage single-use plastic throughput the trip.
When visiting national parks and wildlife zones, we will have local guides that will help us keep the disturbance to a minimum. Our participants will be encouraged to observe and photograph the surroundings without interfering with the natural course of things.

Eco-friendly accommodation

We spend most of our nights in Colombia in eco-friendly places. Some of them we will spend at local coffee farms. We will also spend two nights at the Mundo Nuevo eco-hostel and get to understand more about bio-construction methods as Mundo Nuevo is part of the Awindua project. No concrete or other similar materials are used in building the houses.

During our Colombia photo tour we aim to reduce transport emissions by using a van for all the participants instead of several private cars. We will also travel by boat and have a couple of days of hiking through the national Tayrona Park
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Cultural Sensitivity

Our experience of Colombia is built over many years, with relationships fostered over this time period too. Our local guides and lead photographer will provide you with basic phrases, tips on etiquette and customs and also introduce you to local people to foster a deeper building of relationships. Our trips are designed to ensure each participant leaves the tour with a better understanding of the various cultures we will encounter.

Helping the local economy

Our accommodation and food will be sourced from local suppliers to ensure that as much of the money from our tour is diverted into the economy of the towns and villages we will visit. Our hosts are also often extremely knowledgeable about the local area and we will use their advice to ensure our impact is minimal. For example, we will spend some of our nights at local coffee haciendas and thus help the local economy.
When visiting the National Tayrona Park, the entrance fee that we pay is directed towards the efforts of preserving this spectacular location.

Discrimination

We have a zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and participants will be asked to leave the tour if found to be abusive or discriminatory towards other participants, guides, staff or locals.
To better understand the local culture, apart from the touristic places, we will also visit local schools and indigenous villages. Some of these villages are Buena Vista, Mundo Nuevo & Nuevo Venecia.

Exploitation

We have committed to ensuring our tours do not exploit people or animals in any way. We have an excellent relationship with our guides who ensure that this is prevented. All of our local staff are extremely knowledgeable and as a result, we ensure that they are paid above and beyond the average salary for their equivalent role.

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