WASTE: The Jungles of Colombia are an incredible place and worth protecting. In Colombia, we practice a Leave No Trace principle. This is important in preserving the jungle in and around the area the Lost City . Reducing waste and reducing the environmental impact of tourism is a big priority of our company in all the place we operate. In Colombia we incentivize environmental stewardship in all of the area with travel through. We do this by assessing all partner lodges based on local ownership, energy-sourcing, and waste disposal. The camps along the trek to the Lost City go to great measures to reduce impact in this remote area. This is a delicate area, home to many jungle animal and local indigenous people. The Colombian Jungle is a precious resource not only to the Colombian but to all people and we must help to protect it. All meals are provided with food that is sourced locally to minimize packaging and waste. Our Colombian guides serve as environmental and waste reduction educators on the trail. They talk about the environmental issues that are challenging the Colombian Jungle and how it affects the local residence. The guides demonstrate and educate best practices for responsible travel to our travelers.
WATER: In Colombia, the weather can be hot and very humid. Drinking water is a very important resource. It is an important resource for travelers, and local people. We must preserve this. We encourage our travelers not to use or purchase plastic bottled water, but instead to use reusable bottles. We actively educate clients on the impact of plastic products on the remote environments of the Colombian Jungle.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: Our company is committed to doing travel right in Colombia. We see travel in Colombia as one of the most effective means of investing in amazing people and places. We hire experienced local Colombian guides from the local communities in which we operate. This is not only the responsible thing to do but provides a better and more authentic Colombian travel experience. We invest 10% of our total revenue in the form of microcredit to small-scale entrepreneurs in Colombia.We partner with microfinance institutions that provide low-interest capital to small businesses in the regions where we operate. We feel this is an effective and responsible way to give back and support the Colombian people that let us explore their country. This is our mission, our passion, and what makes our company very unique in the travel industry.
A FAIR DEAL: In Colombia, our company partners up with local lodge owners in Bogota and Santa Marta, and locally owned camps along the trek to the Lost City. We partner with local Colombian drivers and transport companies that employ local Colombian residents. We focus on partnering with other local businesses in the areas and communities we operate, in order to maximize the local benefits from tourism. We practice an important Leave No Trace principle on all our expeditions and we incentivize environmental best practices among our partners. Our teams are locally hired within Colombia. We travel with respect and preservation of local Colombian customs and the customs of the people that call the Colombian Jungle home. We do this while educating those who travel with us to Colombia in the importance of preserving these important factors. The factors that make a trek through the Colombian Jungle an amazing place to visit and worth protecting
Reviews of Colombia trekking vacation, hidden Colombia
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 06 Jan 2017 by Lisa Lawton
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The whole experience was really good, I enjoyed the city visits and the jungle trek.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
To be aware of the temperature and humidity when trekking in the jungle. I had not really taken into account that the entire trip would be in the jungle and therefore hot and humid every day. Also if you are not very fit that some training is necessary as it is a challenging trek.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I assume that the use of the jungle camps benefited local people and it was definitely one of the better trips in terms of reduction on environmental impacts.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Overall I would rate this as 4 star. It was a great vacation experience with a real mix of activities.