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Advantage Travel has developed a responsible tourism model that involves local communities in all its operations, especially in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
We work with more than fifteen communities along the Napo River, providing them an alternative source of income and operating in a way that preserves the rainforest.
We also run a project run by kichwa women (as an example of women empowerment) that forms part of the local communities that we support
Onboard our cruises, we engage in responsible practices that help conserve water and the rainforest environment. We’ve implemented the following policies to promote these practices.
To conserve water, we place a card in each guest cabin with the messages below:
For environmental conservation, we also apply the following practices in our operation:
In the Ecuadorian Amazon, we run two conservation programs with critically endangered species: pink river dolphins and charapas turtles.
You can also have a better reference in the following video: Capi's Amazon River programs.
Raul Garcia, founder and CEO of Anakonda Amazon Cruises has a deep commitment to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the communities that reside there.
A point that he often brings up is the fact that most people try to extract things from the Amazon (oil, plants, lumber, etc.), but his goal is to add something to the rainforest.
Much of what Anakonda Amazon Cruises adds is through its sustainable tourism model and conservation projects.
But, there is a hidden contribution that exists as well.
Through his personal relationships with the communities, Raul is aware of many of their needs.
This knowledge allows Anakonda Amazon Cruises to make contributions to certain projects, some of them regular and some on a case-by-case basis.
There are 18 schools within the region that Anakonda Amazon Cruises donates school supplies (pens and tablets) to every year. Raul also coordinates the donation of paint and brushes when the school buildings needs to be painted. Raul also works to educate and consult the communities about how they can improve the education their children receive with the resources they have.
Also, every year, Anakonda Amazon Cruises provides full scholarships for six students from the communities to attend the elementary school.
As a policy, Raul does not advertise or document the charitable work of Anakonda Amazon Cruises. An important philosophy of the cruise line is never to exploit or take advantage of the communities.
Many members of the communities are Raul’s personal friends, families that he has built relationships with over the past 40 years.
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+31 570 605831 (Western Europe)
+420 724 009 164 (Central Europe)
+55 11 3042 4006 (Brazil)
+27 82 754 4256 (South Africa)
+ 1 909 280 2531 (USA)
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