Patagonia adventure tour

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Responsible tourism: Patagonia adventure tour

Environment

Patagonia, in particular Los Glaciares National Park, is one of the most pristine and beautiful destinations on the planet. We visit Perito Moreno Glacier, and in recent years trekking has become more popular. In order to keep our environmental affects to a minimum, our group sizes are kept small (maximum of 14), always stick to the trails and follow the advice of the local guide. When walking through this amazing landscape, we make a point to ensure that we do not leave any permanent traces of our visit behind, making sure we take all rubbish with us.

This is also emphasised when staying at Torres Del Paine National Park. When in the park, clients are advised to listen to the local guide about sticking to trails as to not disturb any habitats and the local environment.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travelers. This has much less impact when traveling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasise our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travelers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

Community

During our stay at Torres Del Paine National Park, we stay at a refuge within the park, which means that the money is channelled directly into the local economy, benefitting the local people.

Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.

We believe that tourism is a double-edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. On this tour, only hosterias are used, which means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

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