Responsible tourism: Colombia trekking vacation, The Lost City and beyond
We and our local partners are committed to promoting environmentally responsible travel. Our local Colombian partners are certified in sustainability, having introduced water, energy and waste reduction measures within their offices as well as providing guidelines for suppliers to encourage them to adopt environmentally responsible practices. On this tour, we avoid mechanised transport in favour of walking wherever possible, minimising carbon emissions and the ecological footprint of the tour, as well as providing you with the opportunity to really immerse yourself in Colombia, meeting the local people and feasting your senses on the sights, smells and sounds of daily Colombian life.
During the tour, you will visit three national parks; Los Nevados, La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and Tayrona National Park. Entrance fees are used towards conserving the unique ecosystems in the area. Our guides are responsible for collecting and separating waste on the tour, and recycling it where possible, as well as educating our guests and the locals.
Contributing to the local communities visited on our tours is extremely important to us and our local partners. Our partner in Bogota donates to several foundations in Colombia aiming to improve the situation of homeless children and adults as well as vulnerable women. During the tour, we try wherever possible to use local suppliers for your accommodation, transfers, activities and food.
The trekking to the Lost City is organized and guided by locals of the indigenous population of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region. These are the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kanguamos communities, and they benefit directly from the tour both from financial input into the local economy, employment and cultural exchange with our clients, who also benefit from meeting people from such a different way of life. Whilst visiting Tayrona National Park, the group is accommodated in the locally run “Posadas Turisticas”, further contributing to the local economy and ensuring that those people most involved in tourism on the ground are the ones that benefit from it.