We want our tour operations to have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. As a responsible tourism operator, we understand our grave responsibility to ensure we tread lightly on our travels, by reducing the carbon footprint of our trips and taking care of the environment around us.
Here are the some key aims of Chileresponsibleadventure.com in our effort to become a more responsible tour operator;
- We cap most of our group travel at a maximum of 10 persons to limit any adverse impact on communities and the environment.
- We have stopped sending out new brochures to minimize our use of paper resources.
- We have stopped using detachable plastic bottles, glasses and dishes… everything has to be reusable.
- We aim to foster international exchange and understanding by immersing clients into local culture.
- We constantly strive to find environmentally-aware operators in our destinations.
- We actively promote Responsible Tourism practices to our suppliers across Chile.
- We had included in all our bookings a small donation to offset their carbon emissions on our trips by supporting the “one tourist, one three” CO2 offset program of Fair Chile foundation. This program takes over and plant one native tree in a protected area of Chile for each tourist we take on an adventure. More info here: http://www.trekkingchile.com/fair-chile/en/index.php
- We make a monthly donation to Greenpeace Chile Pacífico Sur: www.greenpeace.cl
- We do our best to follow the 2002 Cape Town declaration which agreed that responsible tourism:
- Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts.
- Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing of host communities; improves working conditions and access to the industry.
- Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances.
- Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity.
- Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.
- Provides access for physically challenged people.
- Is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.