Sydney. Wednesday 28th August 2019.
The Latin America and Polar Travel Specialists, Chimu Adventures, are highly aware of the fires that are currently burning in the Amazon. They work with their own local operations in the South American countries which the Amazon has laid its roots in, therefore have been able to obtain the following information for tourists concerned about how their travel plans may be affected and some practical advice on how to help.
Chimu’s Brazilian operations can confirm that there are currently no implications for any travellers on Chimu’s Brazilian itineraries. The fires in the country are largely restricted to Amazonia, Rondonia and Acre states which are a significant distance from the areas in Brazil that Chimu clients would be travelling to. In Amazonas, the airport of Manaus, as well as all cruises and ecolodges, are functioning normally. There was an ash cloud over Sao Paulo as a result of fires in Bolivia and Paraguay, but this did not have an impact on any services in the city.
Chimu works closely with Rainforest Expeditions who promote immersive cultural and environmental experiences in Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. As mentioned above, the fires of Brazil are in the states of Amazonas and Acre which are located 1122km and 466km away from the reserve. To provide scale, this is the distance between New York and South Carolina, so the fires have had no effect on the reserve, but they are urging people to take action.
Some tangible measures that Chimu’s associates on the ground here recommend are the following:
- Donate to organisations such as Rainforest Alliance, Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network who are working to mitigate fire and the impact on local communities.
- Reduce meat consumption of Amazon products usually sold through fast food.
- Reduce the use of paper and wood and buy only certified products.
- Protect forest wildlife through WWF.
- Strive to be a responsible traveller by researching, learning about and participating in the activities of operators which promote the protection of the forest and local communities via science and conservation.
Travel within South America has not been impacted by the fires at all and it is unlikely that it will be. From a tourism perspective, travellers do not need to be concerned about the blazes and smoke. Chimu regard highly regulated and responsible tourism within the Amazon rainforest as an integral way of showing people how vital this mighty forest is for environmental health and for the indigenous communities who inhabit it. Chimu encourage travellers to support programmes which promote the preservation of the Amazon and to action the initiatives outlined by their local suppliers above.
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