Venezuela wildlife vacation

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Venezuela wildlife vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We plant around 10,000 trees in the Russian Far East each year as part of our on going commitment to reforesting areas unsustainable deforested.
In this particular tour we look to us hybrid vehicles (electric vehicles where possible - this is not always possible when going off road on safari) as well as staying and recommending eco hotels.
When in Los Llanos and in the other wilderness area of Venezuela most of the ranches are off the grid and so most of their energy requirements come from renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind power on the property. Where generators are needed, we make sure they are used for a short amount of time each night, and we limit this and do not allow people to use high voltage electrical equipment.
We also make sure that our chosen accommodation utilises the water from the very wet rainy seasons to fill in washing water reserves, making sure that all of the water usage is as sustainable as possible.
Our local guides are just that, local on this tour, so their traveling distances to and from the tour are small.
The vast majority of the food on this trip comes from local producers and the forest and we look to reduce the amount of meat consumed on the trip by providing vegetarian meals where possible and more fish than meat. As we spend a lot of time of working farms on this trip, most of the food (meat and otherwise) comes from the property we are staying in, so we reduce food miles in that way.

Environment

In Venezuela we (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. In fact the Hato Cedral that we use in Los Llanos is world renowned and has played host to many National Geographic documentary film crews as well as numerous studies on the wildlife and ecosystem here. Hato Cedral as with many of the places that we stay whilst in Venezuela are small privately owned places that are more concerned with quality than quantity and as a result they are very ethical in their approach. Most use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps as well as making sure that all the food consumed is produced locally. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible. By enlisting the help of anaconda and crocodile researchers we are able to directly contribute to their continued studies and help to establish long term research.

Wildlife Promise:

The conservation history of most of Venezuela is chequered a lot of the wildlife was hunted extensively; especially around Los Llanos for many years. But thanks to the patient work of a couple of ranches (including Hato Cedral) the local wildlife is being protected. Hato Cedral is the ranch that we use in Los Llanos and they have been protecting its wildlife for over 25 years and as a result the area is full of animals and birds. All of this is means that there are good numbers of iguanas, red howler monkeys, caimans, crocodiles, capybaras and the illusive anaconda close by. By bringing people here with a professional zoologist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Community

As with any of our tours of South America and elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the accommodations that we stay in whilst in Venezuela we make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced and we are always looking for ways to introduce local people into a guiding career. South America has been doing this very well for the last decade or so and it is quite common to have local guides taking you into the reserves. We think that by employing local guides we have encouraging a future generation to follow this career. Many of the accommodations that we use are involved in community based projects and schools in particular. Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping the local people of the Los Llanos (and other areas we visit) deal with an increasingly developed world and how they can continue to live in harmony with the wildlife and environment into this technological age. Where possible we also employ the services of local researchers and scientists who are studying species like green anacondas and Orinoco crocodiles. This increases their funding for much needed studies. Where ever possible we also hire the services of indigenous guides to take our groups as this helps to stop them becoming marginalised and also provides an income in return for them maintaining traditional and sustainable ways of life. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.

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