The International Ecotourism Society defines Ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people“ (TIES, 1990). The following three principles are therefore predominant: Sustainability, nature conservation, and community.
We try to minimize our impact on the environment in our Hostel in Tena but also during our Tours across Ecuador. That is why we use dry toilets, self-made wetland, water taken from our property, we produce and use our own compost and build our houses with sustainable materials. When buying food and materials we take care to buy local products coming from a sustainable production. During our tours we respectfully contact nature and especially indigenous people. By integrating the local population into our tours and encounters we enable them to be part of the very important economic sector of tourism. On top of that we support different projects in the fields of conserving sustainable production, indigenous cultures, and the environment. We also take part in the promotion of young people especially Kichwa through fair and flexible working conditions, thereby offering them training opportunities (accessible) in ecotourism and nature preservation : training courses range from trades, crafts to academic studies.
Through our lifestyle in our ecologically managed Hostel in Tena and our tours across the rainforest and throughout Ecuador we try to raise appreciation and estimation for nature’s diversity and Ecuadorian culture.
Summing up we want to encourage people to tread new paths socially and ecologically.