Venezuela vacation, 18 day itinerary

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18 Oct 2017
£ 2595
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Venezuela vacation, 18 day itinerary


We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveler can bring.

We keep the group size to a maximum of 10 which is particularly important when visiting delicate ecosystems such as the Orinoco Delta on day 12. There is an abundance and variety of wildlife, birdlife and fish which thrive in the wetlands and flooded swamp forests of the Orinoco Delta. Exploring this region by canoe not only gives us an insight into the lives of the local indigenous Warao people who navigate their way around on handmade canoes but also minimises the human impact on this fragile site.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.


In Venezuela we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

On this particular trip we will be in a wide variety of accommodation ranging from some smart and characterful hotels and lodges to 2 nights (on Lake Maracaibo and at Angel Falls) in much simpler accommodation where facilities are shared and sleeping will be in hammocks. This allows for greater access to smaller communities and more isolated regions.

We recognise the importance of interaction with smaller communities and for this reason on day 5 when we head up into the Andes where there will be opportunities en route to stop over and share drinks and delicacies with the locals of these Andean Villages. On Day 13 in the Orinoco Delta we will spend the afternoon visiting some local Warao people in order to gain a glimpse into their traditional way of life. Such experiences can prove rewarding and enriching for both parties.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

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