Amanda set up this adventure tour operators with her husband in 1998 because she wanted to involve local people in offering authentic travel experiences. She believes in sticking closely with who you want to work with and maintains strong relationships with her staff. As a result, her vacations offer imaginative itineraries with unusual add-ons, thanks to the interesting links with grass roots companies. Amanda is passionate about green travel and has her own travel foundation which promotes sustainability. She and her staff work hard to 'keep it real' so that your vacation leaves you truly inspired.
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Cock of the Rock Lodge is owned by the Peru Verde Conservation Group, a non-profit non-government organization involved in rainforest conservation projects.
Manu Wildlife Centre is part owned by a non-profit group and private enterprises. The lodge relies heavily on workers from the local Machiguenga communities and provides jobs and training that help better the standard of living in the local villages. They are offered choice and opportunity that, prior to tourist, did not exist.
We were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip with us - excluding flights - remains in the destination.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
Group sizes are kept to a maximum of about 12 (less on some trips) to minimise our impact on the local people, the wildlife and the environment. Small groups tend to have much better dynamics, and allow you to get closer to the people, wildlife and places you are visiting. We promote a respect for local communities and their environment. Our guides will help you to understand and respect the areas and people you are visiting, which will help you to feel more comfortable and enjoy your experiences all the more. We try to ensure that the local people are happy to receive tourists in their home region, and are informed of the possible impact.
In the office, we use environmentally friendly paper for the brochure and promotional/administrative materials. The folders are hand-made in Nepal from an environmentally responsible alternative to paper. Our ‘brochure’ format of a folder and inserts means that you only get the information you are interested in and therefore there is less paper wastage. A general recycling regime is adhered to, and energy consumption is kept as low as possible.