Bolivia small group wildlife tour
£4750 including domestic flights only
Description of Bolivia small group wildlife tour
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PlanetIn Bolivia (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, suppliers and transportation that either minimise their effect on the environment or that help to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned reserves where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. On this trip we camp in the jaguar reserve and by doing this we minimise our impact on the environment by bringing everything we need in and taking everything back out with us. Without permanent structures in the reserve to stay at we are reducing the negative environmental impact and carbon footprint by visiting here.
Where possible, we make sure that the reserves and hotels 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. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc, on this trip we stay at reserves and parks which has been contributing to research and conservation of a range of species including giant otters, giant anteaters, tapirs and jaguars for many years. We also contribute to these studies by providing all of our camera trap images and data on sightings. We also make sure that all the food consumed is produced locally.
We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers and scientists are conducting as possible. In Bolivia this is largely facilitated by hiring guides who work for larger conservation bodies such as Panthera or by supporting reserves where researchers are based, such as jaguar scientists.
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist/naturalist 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.
PeopleAs with any of our tours throughout South America or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. We also do our best to employ as many local guides as possible, so that we can share the money from tourism around more than one regularly used guide. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the hotels and lodges that we stay in make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced, as we camp for sections on this trip we bring in what food we need from local farms and shops, thus helping the local economies around the reserves. We also try and make sure that all the local guides that we hire and who work for the lodges, camps and guesthouses that we visit are from the local area. Our guides are also important in camera trapping projects around the country and help provide value data on animal movements which is crucial to their conservation work. 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 children in townships get better education and enhance their career opportunities in the future. 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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