Responsible tourism: Colombia highlights tour, small group
This 17 day program, modules and all tailor made itineries are offered by Colombia’s best tailor made operator who are guides themselves on special nature trips and take care of Colombia’s natural reserves. When staying in nature we use eco-friendly hacienda’s and local families that respect nature. We stay for instance in an eco friendly beachhotel near the NP Tayrona. This ecohotel has been constructed in harmony with nature over a period of 40 years together with the Indigeneous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The owners lived more then half a lifetime in the mountains among the local communities and learned how to grow their own crops and cotton, how to make use of local medicinal plants and to construct according to the indigeneous architecture. When we visit National Parks or reserves a part of the income contributes to preserve wildlife and flora and gives income to local guides and families. We offer visits to the private reserve Hato la Aurora which is a reserve owned and preserved by a local family and which is an exception in Colombia. With your visit we make an example to other Colombian farmers and the government that ecotourism can provide a way of living together with preservation of wildlife and stimulate more local particular initiatives to be taken off from the ground. All local guides on your excursions are well trained to take care of you and the natural surroundings, besides giving you all information. Group trips will be guided by a Latin American expert on nature and culture with certification for Tourleaders on European level and University degree.
All suppliers are small and local Colombian owners, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution to its people and country that has started to make improvements in infrastructure and social reforms. We treat our suppliers fairly and with respect, they are an important key to a great vacation which is our success when we succeed. Working together with our Colombian partner is an ongoing relationship and our shared affection for this marvellous country benefits everyone involved. When local tribes are visited this all done with the highest respect for local traditions and the people in such way that all parties involved have a learning and inspirational experience. In this itinery we show two occasions in which you can learn about a social project with children at Medellin & Cartagena. If you are more interested this can be extended of course with more possibilities. In Cali for instance we organize on request a salsa show in the hotel with professional salsa dancers and children from poor neighborhoods who participate in salsa concours to try to create a better future (the money we pay for this salsa show is donated directly to these children and their families). Our Colombian partner offers also special programs for foreign parents who adopted children from Colombia (in former times) to bring the now grown up children in contact again with their Colombian roots and biological families if the children wish so. In some cases the families will have to be sought as all contact has been lost. At last but not at least we offer homestays / B&B throughout Colombia of Spanish speaking families, is an authentic Colombian experience in which you directly support these families. Traveling through Colombia will be an enriching experience and it won’t stay with only one travel !