Andes wildlife tour in Ecuador

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Andes wildlife tour in Ecuador

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 the Andes, Amazon and in the other wilderness area of Ecuador most of the hotels and lodges 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.

Environment

In Ecuador as with all of the locations we travel to we make sure that all the lodges and resorts that we use on this tour are careful with their waste management and they are very aware of their ecological responsibility. The lodges all use sustainable energy sources and conserve water where possible. We also donate to the World Land Trust which is focused on purchasing large amounts of rainforest to protect from deforestation throughout the world but particularly in South and Central America.
We also donate money to the Andean Bear Project (a project that our director and zoologist escort for this tour holds close to his heart as he has worked on this project at grass root level in the past). This project is concerned with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bears that have been orphaned or captured for the pet trade, as well as research and conservation of this magnificent species to ensure their continued survival in the rapidly developing Andean mountains.

Wildlife Promise:
We monitor the rare and endangered wildlife we see whilst on the trip and hand this information over to the park and reserve authorities. We also donate annually (depending on how many tours and how many guests we have) to the Andean Bear Project and actively help the project find volunteers for their radio tagging and tracking projects in the Andes. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Community

In Ecuador as with every destination we travel to around the world, we make sure that we employ local guides and other suppliers were possible. The local community benefits from this tour as we employ local guides in all the lodges we use. This ensures that the money we pay these guides, is invested directly back into the local economy. We also choose our accommodation based largely on their contribution to the local community in terms of staff employment, purchase of the food and other consumables they use and if they are involved in any cultural or community projects which help the local people benefit through eco tourism. Thus generating a great financial option against illegal poaching and logging which used to be seen as a quick way to earn large amounts of money. The lodges we use are all eco-friendly which conserve their water use, only use locally produced food and other products look to employ as many local people as possible.
We promote using locally produced foods and handicrafts in the Amazon and encourage our guests to participate in cultural tours and other community programs.

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