Travel and Conservation
Adventure Life has done our best to try and give back to the places and people that have inspired our company from the very start. Their success is our success. There are things we do as part of our everyday operating standards, such as the use of local guides, transportation infrastructures, and family-run hotels. But Adventure Life also supports non-profits and other organizations that encourage cultural and ecological awareness. This might mean incorporating a homestay into the tour, or visiting an Amazon lodge owned and operated by an indigenous community. Our itineraries are built to visit locations where sustainable travel is not only practiced, but has proven effective.
The following reflects our on-going commitment to sustainable travel.
Operating StandardsTo ensure that each itinerary has a positive impact on the local culture, environment and economy, Adventure Life works under a number of guidelines when creating new tours. These guidelines reflect all aspects of the tour, from the careful selection of lodging and guides, to the way we manage waste within our Missoula office. We also feel it is important that our travelers are involved in the responsible travel effort. To further encourage conservation through travel, Adventure Life supplies all of our travelers with pre-departure information on the Dos and Do Nots of responsible travel. The information is specific, teaching travelers that they too have the power to promote conservation through travel. We have come to realize that this is a responsibility our travelers feel honored to uphold.
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Giving Back to the Galapagos
Adventure Life is an active member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, (IGTOA). Together we have created an effective way for the travel industry to help support Galapagos conservation. The travel industry and those who visit the Galapagos must meet the challenge of preserving this world heritage. In Nov. 2006, together with IGTOA, we launched a Galapagos traveler-funding program. As of June 2009, our travelers have raised over $50,000 for island conservation.
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Adventure Life Grant
Adventure Life has an annual, ongoing grant program that provides funding for small, grassroots projects in the countries we visit. Adventure Life-funded grants have funded reforestation and home restoration projects in the Andes; a conservation-focused, bird-watching festival for youth from poor villages near Cusco; a Christmas fiesta at an orphanage in Costa Rica; supplied a new water pump to a community whose traditional irrigation system was destroyed by recent floods near Machu Picchu; building materials for a privately funded K-12 school in Guatemala; children's community art festival in Guatemala; and funding the purchase and installation of sinks, electric connections, water pipes, and safety equipment (a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher) for a new science lab in the rural Ecuadorian school in the Guitig community.
Review recent grant application from Maria Guarderas Primary School in Ecuador.
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance
Working together for Sustainable Travel
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance have established a partnership to promote tourism operations that are part of the Rainforest Alliance's Best Management Practices in Sustainable Tourism Program.
What this means for your Adventure Life trip? Click here for more information.
Mantay Shelter, Cusco Peru
In Peru, there are alarming numbers of teenage mothers under the age of 18. And the majority of these young mothers lack the resources to support and raise their children. The Casa de Acogida Mantay was created in 2000, by the association, Qallariy ('to begin' in Quechua) Project for Support in Development. The shelter supplies the young single mothers with a safe environment where they are counseled, educated and given training.
For more information on Mantay, click here.
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) is a non-profit organization established in 1996. During this time, the textile traditions of pre-Colombian Peru cultures in the Cusco region were in danger of disappearing forever. The center is dedicated to recapturing and aiding the survival of Incan textile traditions and providing support to weaving communities.
Presently, CTTC works with nine communities in the region of Cusco: Accha Alta, Acopia, Chahuaytire, Chinchero, Chumbvilcas, Mahuaypampa, Patabamba, Pitumarca, and Sallac.
For more information on the CTTC, click here.
Advice for the Responsible Traveler
Each trip we take creates an opportunity to have either a positive or negative effect on our destination; thankfully, the choice is ours. By spending our tourism dollars responsibly and patronizing outfitters and lodges that practice ecotourism, we send a powerful message. Our habits can encourage others to follow our lead, and challenge the average company to raise the bar when it comes to managing their environmental footprint. For more information on how to be a sustainable traveler -- before, during and after your trip -- click here....