Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.
Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.
We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.
Latin Trails recognizes the impact of tourism activity both on local cultures and on the environment. We realize the importance of preserving the cultural and natural heritage of the South American destinations we visit.Latin Trails you to off-set your own travel to and from Latin Trails adventures. You can consider off-setting your own travel before and after your South America vacation. You can also help by offsetting your car and air travel.Latin trails offer 2 options for carbon offsetting your adventure. This includes, the availability to purchase off-sets online from several programs or to include a full day offsetting trip in your program and participate in one of Ecuador´s reforestation programs. If you really want to make a difference, you can participate in a full week of reforestation and offset your carbon emissions for a full year.
You’ll find that all Latin Trails guest and leader t-shirts are made with 100% organic cotton and designed by local artisans, all of our water bottles are recyclable, and local crafts that have been produced with sustainable and recylced materials are always paid at fair price to local craftsmen.
While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE