Brazil Family Adventure Ideas

Brazil in its grandeur offers many destinations in different regions that can provide the best family experiences, connecting unique scenarios with exciting and transformative activities and experiences for all ages.

Bonito’s waterfalls are some of the best secret swimming holes in Brazil!

With this in mind, we have created some itineraries focused on adventure travel in Brazil for families. We recommend family adventures in places of wonderful natural charm, such as Iguazu and Bonito, with activities ideal for children under 11 years of age. And for the older ones we have thought about more challenging and exciting experiences in the Amazon River, Chapada Diamantina, Pantanal & Bonito, and the incredible Route of Emotions in the Lencois Maranhenses!

Lencois Maranhenses

Lencois Maranhenses

Plus, in each destination, the hotels and accommodations offer benefits for children, some with free accommodation for children under 3, 5 or 7 years, and in short, discounts that make the trip even more comfortable for everyone.

Glamping in the Amazon’s canopy beats the classroom!

Want to plan your next tailored Brazil family adventure? Contact us!

For more inspiration, check out our own program director’s family travels around Brazil:

Family Adventure to Brazil’s Green Coast- A Major Hit!

Bahian Magic at UXUA: Trancoso, Brazil

Your friendly Brazil expert,
Gretchen

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Sustainable Travel — Reducing Plastic

In light of our Carbon Neutrality in Peru, we would like to take a quick moment to talk to our travelers about avoiding plastic while traveling (and at home!). The use of disposable plastic items while traveling is: hard on the environment, hard on the communities left with the garbage, it’s expensive, and it can often be unhealthy. No traveler wants to leave a trail of plastic behind them, but many don’t know how to avoid it.

Here are 5 simple ideas of how to cut back on your disposable plastic use:

  1. Bring a reusable water bottle
  2. Get a water purifier
  3. Bring a reusable bag
  4. Get a reusable straw
  5. Reuse shampoo and lotion containers

1) Bring a reusable water bottle

According to TAP (Travelers Against Plastic), carrying a reusable water bottle and a method to clean the water, helps avoid the waste of hundreds of millions of plastic bottles each year.

>>The Best Water Bottles for Travel

Why carry a reusable bottle and method to clean the water:

BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Globally 2.7 million tons of water bottle plastic annually.
  • In the US alone: making bottles of water out of plastic takes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil, every year, enough to fuel 100,000 American cars for a year.
  • Eighty-six percent of single-use plastic water bottles become landfill or litter in the US and in many countries that number is higher.
  • Each week 1 billion bottles of water in the US. That’s equals 37,800 semi-trucks hauling water every week. It has to be transported in the countries we visit as well, often great distances.
  • PET is made from crude oil. PET bottles produce toxic emissions at rates of 100 times that of glass.

CHEAPER

  • Bottled water can cost as much $10 per gallon, more expensive than gas.
  • If tap water cost the same as the cheapest bottled, monthly water bills would come to $9,000.
  • Americans spend more than $15 billion dollars annually on bottled water, buying 2.6 billion cases. Those who travel buy bottled water even more often.
  • One SteriPEN can clean up to 16,000 bottles of water.

BETTER FOR COMMUNITIES

  • 
Feeding the bottled water industry has taken a toll on wells from homes in rural communities by draining aquifers, lowered lake levels, and hurt wetlands. It takes three times as much water than is produced.
  • Three corporations dominate the bottled water market in the US. Pepsi has 13% of the market and Coke has 11%, both of which resell treated tap water, by putting it through an energy intensive process called reverse-osmosis. This process takes more energy than turning seawater into drinking water.

HEALTHIER

  • Most bottled water in the US is simply treated tap water sold at 1000-4000 times the price of tap. What kind of treatment are they using in the country you travel to? Who is overseeing that “treatment”? It’s safer to treat your own.
  • Age and heat leaches chemicals in plastic bottles, this causes more problems with storage and transportation. 

Reuse bottles at home as well
  • San Francisco’s tap water comes from Yosemite National Park and is so pure the EPA does not require it to be filtered. A bottled of Evian water at $1.35 could be refilled with San Francisco tap water once a day for over ten years before the cost would total $1.35.

DO THE MATH

  • In the first two months of 2012, 8.1 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad according to data released by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries.
  • 8.1 million travelers over two months =48.6 million a year (estimated)
  • 3 bottles a day for one 2 week trip= over 3.4 billion plastic water bottles used.
  • Mexico remains the most popular foreign destination, with 3.3 million U.S. visitors in the first two months of the year. Recycling experts say that only about one-eighth of the 21.3 million plastic water and soft drink bottles that are emptied each day in Mexico get recycled.

2) Get a water purifier

Grayl Bottle (staff favorite!), SteriPEN, or LifeStraw can allow you to drink water from anywhere! Whether you’re traveling in cities or wilderness both of these options are light weight and excellent solutions to make sure your water is safe and clean to drink.


3) Bring a reusable bag

Many of us when traveling, end up grabbing a garbage bag or plastic laundry bag from our hotel rooms to store dirty clothes or shoes. To avoid this, think ahead when you are packing, and take along a tote bag or something similar to avoid using the disposable plastic bags you may find in your rooms on your trip.


4) Get a reusable straw

It’s estimated that we use over 500 million every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. We want to encourage people to stop using plastic straws for good. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

If you like straws in your mixed drinks, sodas, smoothies, etc, maybe look for a glass, stainless steel, or paper alternative that you can bring with you on your travels (and around at home).

Check out the Strawless Ocean’s website to learn more about this and what you can do.

Check out fun and creative non-disposable straws >>


5) Reuse shampoo and lotion containers

This is another very simple way to cut back against the use of disposable plastic. Before you travel the next time, think about buying refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles. Fill them up before you leave for your trip.


FURTHER READING/IDEAS:

1) It’s Easy to Be Green: Eco-Friendly Accessories for the Thoughtful Traveler

Want to share what you’re doing to fight against the use of disposable plastic while traveling? Make sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook!

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NEW TRIP! 7-Day Dolomites Trek – Alta Via 2

One of the best ways to explore the Dolomites is hiking an Alta Via, the beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites. The Alta Via 2 is the furthest west of the Alta Vie. Dubbed the “Alta Via delle Leggende,” or High Route of Legends, the AV2 is undeniably more strenuous than the AV1, remaining at higher elevations throughout (as high as 2,900m / 9,514′), and with great reward.

7-Day Dolomites Trek – Alta Via 2 >>

On this exceptional trip, you’ll hike from north to south, from Alta Badia to Val di Fassa. Hike in Puez-Odle Natural Park, across the Sella Massif, and around Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and home to its largest glacier. You’ll travel through several of the villages in Alta Badia, including La Villa, Corvara, and Colfosco, as well as Val Gardena and Val di Fassa. Plus experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features, as you cross over multiple regions and through several natural parks. You’ll hike on plenty of lunar landscapes, across numerous vast pastures, through wooded valleys, along high plains (altiplano), surrounded by tall beautiful peaks throughout. The scenery alternates between mountains made of Dolomite rock (Sella Massif), to limestone mountains (Marmolada), to regions (Puez) made of a completely different type of rock altogether, with a completely different appearance that offers a strong, picturesque contrast to the surrounding Dolomite Mountains.

Starting at $1195/person!

ITINERARY

Day 1: 7-DAY ALTA VIA TREK / Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Day 2: Hike Lagazuoi Massif (BD)
Day 3: Hike Cinque Torri (BD)
Day 4: Hike Pelmo and Civetta Massifs (BD)
Day 5: Hike Civetta & Moiazza (BD)
Day 6: Hike Passo Duran (B)
Day 7: Depart (B)

This trek is offered as a guided group departures, self-guided private trips, and guided private trips. As with all of our trips, we can customize this trek, and we offer many of the treks through the Dolomites.

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NEW TRIPS! In Laos, Northern Vietnam, and Thailand

Adventures Within Reach is extremely pleased to unveil three new soul-stirring Southeast Asian itineraries for our highly valued travelers. These new private tours include

  • A fascinating short discovery trip of Luang Prabang, Laos
  • A longer Thailand explorer-style trip with value in mind
  • A finely-crafted northern Vietnam adventure sure to whet the appetites of any international travel enthusiast

Travelers can start these trips any day and combine them into one grand tour or pick one or two and customize them. It’s easy to make a longer trip to get the most out of the experience, finely tailored to your interests. We specialize in custom tours to this exciting region, showing you the iconic “must-see” spots while also dishing up real life in the quieter, scintillating back-roads of this awesome region.


Longing for Laos? 

Our new 4-day Luang Prabang Explorer >> is a wonderfully diverse tour showing you the the deep history of the area as well as its rich contemporary culture. Luang Prabang is widely considered the crown jewel of travel within Laos, one of those countries that – like a New Zealand or a Peru – people often rate among their finest travel experiences. On the trip, we meet monks on their daily trek for alms, discover and sample local foods in the markets (and during a tasty cooking class), appreciate grand colorful temples, and mingle with locals through countryside village visits and a traditional Baci ceremony. We explore elaborate caves with ancient religious shrines, local farms, and swim in waterfalls if you so choose. You can start the trip any day and it’s easy to add to any Southeast Asia itinerary.

2018/2019 Pricing

  • 2 or 3 travelers: US$695/person in mid-range lodging OR US$995/person in upgraded accommodations
  • 4 or more travelers: US$575/person in mid-range lodging / US$845/person in upgraded accommodations
  • Note: From April 1 through September 30, there is a significant discount (per person) when booking the upgraded accommodations (US$200/person discount for parties of 2 or 3, US$150/person for parties of 4 or more).

Time for Thailand?

Thailand ranks in the world’s top 10 tourist destinations by visitor numbers.  While the main draws are not too hard to pinpoint – bustling Bangkok, fine beaches, and great Thai food –  we like to show travelers there’s far more to Thailand.  On our new 11-day Best of Thailand Budget tour >>, we immerse travelers in both the vintage highlights plus lesser known hideaways balancing both experience and value throughout.

We start the trip in Bangkok, the region’s number one travel hub. You’ll join your local expert guide and wander the great temples here, get to know the city better by tuk tuk, and travel the backwater canals that make Bangkok ‘the Venice of the East.’ From Bangkok, we head to the exotic jungles of Kanchanaburi, visiting historic World War II sites, exploring caves, and swimming in massive waterfalls. From the famed River Kwai, we explore Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, one of Thailand’s greatest archaeological sites. Boarding a classic night train to Chiang Mai, we then  discover this enchanting second city of Thailand, home  to marvelous markets, hallowed Buddhist shrines, and a real adventure hub. On your free day here, travelers have the option of doing a full day trek through rugged rainforest hills to back country villages clinging to their old ways. Departing Chiang Mai, head to the beach. Where we may suggest traveling too can depend on the time of year, but generally, traveling in the high season, many travelers find the best value visiting Phuket. Phuket has renowned white sand beaches, a wide range of full day sea adventures – including day trips to exotic beach islands – and a welcome array of hotels, from budget properties to 5-star elite beach resorts.

2018/2019 Pricing

  • 2 or 3 travelers: US$1,495/person
  • 4 or more travelers: US$1,195/person
  • Note: Take $100/person off these prices during the low season (April 1-October 30)

Venture in Vietnam? 

Northern Vietnam is on a lot of buckets lists these days, being home to famous Halong Bay, a striking UNESCO world heritage site. But like they say on game shows: “Wait! There’s more!” Traveling in Vietnam really is like winning the jackpot.

On our new 8-day Northern Vietnam In-Depth >>, travelers experience not just the bay area, but also Hanoi – a leading cosmopolitan city in the region, replete with cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, colorful flower shops, markets and more – plus the rugged mountains and unique village life surrounding Sapa. We also squeeze in time to visit beautiful Ninh Ninh, the spectacular inland Halong Bay.

For travelers with more vacation time and who desire an even deeper, fuller experience of Vietnam, this trip is easy to combine with the 9-day Southern Vietnam In-Depth >> trip, or you could opt to add in a different country altogether and visit Angkor Wat >> among other options.

2018/2019 Pricing

  • 2 or 3 travelers: US$1295/person in mid-range lodging / US$1,445/person in upgraded accommodations
  • 4 or more travelers: US$995/person in mid-range lodging / US$1,245/person in upgraded accommodations

We customize Southeast Asia trips all the time.  If you want to explore what we can help you with, please contact us >> anytime. We hope to share with you the raw magic of Southeast Asia, the magic that we know first-hand and love.

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Luxury Rainforest Experience at Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi lodge is a gorgeous luxury lodge set amid the rainforest in Ecuador.  It is only a 3-hour drive from Quito and offers an amazing wildlife experience.  You will need a minimum of 3 days for this trip, but you can extend it as well.

Check out these amazing activities!


Sky Bike

Located close to the hotel, the Sky Bike makes for a novel and exciting way of exploring the forest canopy up close. Designed for two people to use at once, one person pedals the bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest – around 200 meters (655 feet) apart – while zipping over a beautiful gorge complete with running rivers that flow around the rocks and trees below.


Observation Tower

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Mashpi is from the observation tower. The tower is a metallic structure with winding steps. It stands at about eight stories (26 meters/85 feet) high and is ideal for all types of wildlife lovers. Species spotted from here include toucans, woodpeckers, barbets, tanagers and parrots, as well as birds of prey.


Life Center (with butterfly research and exhibition)

Here we will get to learn about the species of butterflies found in this region, observing the whole process of metamorphosis from egg to beautiful butterfly. About 300 species of moths and butterflies have been identified to date in the Reserve, and our team has successfully managed to reproduce 50 of these to date. About a dozen can be seen at the Life Center itself.


Hummingbird Garden

The forests of Mashpi boast a total of 32 hummingbird species that have been identified to date. These inhabit different altitudes throughout the reserve, with around 19 species that are observable right at our Hummingbird Garden. In order to make it easier to see these amazing creatures at our Garden, we have placed several hummingbird feeders and fruit feeders right beside our covered seating area.


Hikes and Waterfalls

Water is key to life in Mashpi, and there’s nothing like an invigorating dip full of nature’s energy at the end of a hike! The water temperature tends to hover between 18 and 20 °C (64 and 68 °F), which is perfectly refreshing after warming up with the first part of your hike.

 


Birdwatching and Wildlife Observation

With some 400 species of birds spotted to date – 35 of which are endemic (meaning they’re only found in Mashpi’s nearby forests) – Mashpi’s Reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

You don’t need to be an experienced ornithologist or even travel that far to see and enjoy the mystical beauty of birds.


Night Walks

When darkness falls, a new troupe of creatures emerges: your guides will accompany you in search out tiny (and some transparent!) frogs, snakes, insects and even tarantulas during a Night Walk.

 


Dragonfly (canopy gondola)

The highlight of any trip to Mashpi is the Dragonfly – an exciting, open-air cable car system that carries you over, across and sometimes even directly through the forest canopy, offering guests a relaxing way to enjoy the reserve from overhead.

(Extra fee)


Wellness Spa

Two massage rooms await on the 2nd floor of the lodge for a wide variety of beauty and body treatments, including single or couples massages.  There is also an open-air hot tub and yoga deck.

(Extra fee)

 

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Climbing Kilimanjaro Responsibly with KPAP

The mistreatment of porters can be a troubling challenge in the climbing industry. We are an approved Partner company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP – and the International Mountain Explorers Connection – IMEC – Partner for Responsible Travel Program.

We voluntarily participate with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the treatment of our porters on all of our Kilimanjaro climbs.  By climbing with us you can be assured that your porters are well taken care of.

KPAP also helps to improve the working conditions of porters by:

  • Lending donated clothing at no charge to the mountain crew for use while climbing
  • Educating the public on porter working conditions and climbing responsibly
  • Providing industry guidelines for proper porter treatment
  • Offering educational classes to porters

Please consider supporting KPAP by making a financial contribution to enable them to continue with their Partner for Responsible Travel Program and free services for porters. To make a donation, please visit https://kiliporters.org/donate-now/

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Kid Friendly Patagonia Adventures

This season we have gotten several requests from families with kids between the ages of 4 and 13 wanting to experience Patagonia in a kid-friendly way. Read on for suggestions from our Patagonia expert on how to make the best of your family Patagonia adventure:

Patagonia is one of those places where hours can easily be racked up in the car due to the remote locations of sites and activities. Long drives and more strenuous hikes are generally what keep families waiting to visit Patagonia until their kids are teens or older. That does not have to be the case though! When visiting Patagonia with younger children, establishing a kid-friendly “basecamp” is essential. I recommend staying in an all-inclusive lodge when traveling as a family with younger kiddos. With all-inclusive lodges families have much more flexibility in schedules, activities, food, etc. More and more lodges are catering to families and include child rates for kids as old as 12 or 15.

My two favorite lodges to recommend to families are: Remota Lodge and Patagonia Camp.

Remota Lodge, why I like this program for families and red tape:

Each day at Remota, you get to pick and choose what you want to do. Families can decide last minute what they want to do and can even divide and conquer the fam if some want to do one thing and others want to try something else without worries about logistics or cost- this is why I especially like the all-inclusive lodge option for families. Besides the fact that it is flexible, for many of the excursions with Remota families don’t have to drive anywhere- they start either at the lodge or right next to the lodge. You have more varied options with this lodge than you do with the lodges in Torres del Paine (ie, you can do boating out to glaciers, visit working estancias, go into town if you want, go for mellow mountain bike rides, etc). That said, you also have the choice to go into Torres del Paine and see the park in a more laid back way- you will not be forced to do long hikes with young kiddos and you will still be able to see the highlights of the park (however, do note, that the Torres del Paine Park visit day is a long day- but there is down time in the van and lunch and snacks are served between several gorgeous short hikes). Finally, Remota has great kid-food options in their restaurant- very important for those picky eaters out there! 😊

Remota’s family option: you can have up to four of you in a triple room if one child shares a bed with either the parents or the other child in a bed. Up to 1 child between 4-15 years old can stay free of charge in a shared room. For a second child, child rates apply.

Patagonia Camp, why I like this program for families and red tape:

At Patagonia Camp, stay on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park in your own family YURT! Family yurts are two yurts joined by a bathroom- one yurt has a Queen Bed and the second has two twin beds. The Family Yurts have their own private jacuzzi’s outside. This program is great because of the flexibility it gives to families (especially with kids who might change their minds last minute about what they’re feeling and what they’re interested in doing). Staying in a yurt is an awesome experience for kids- its like being in a glorified fort with a private outdoor hot tub! (Parents: the yurts are heated and have electricity as well). While staying on the edge of Torres del Paine is amazing, it also means that most of the activities at Patagonia Camp are longer treks and hiking oriented. They do offer kayaking and SUP as well as some shorter hikes right from the camp itself, but most activities require a drive to another part of the park for a hike. Depending on how your family is, it could be the best option or it could be something that you want to wait to do with teens.

Patagonia Camp’s family option: you can have four of you in a quad family yurt (1 queen bed for parents and 2 twin beds for the kids). Child rates apply to children between the ages of 5-12 years staying in family yurt with 2 adults.

For an extra fun add-on before or after your lodge stay, think of staying in Punta Arenas and visiting the Magdalena Island Penguin Rookery! Early in the morning you will bet met at your hotel and then set out for a zodiac boat ride to Magdalena Island to see one of the world’s largest penguin rookeries. Get off the boat and walk around the island and experience the penguins up close! Boat around Marta Island to see sea lions and birds from a distance. Return to Punta Arenas. Take the afternoon to relax or go for a family walk along the Strait of Magellan boardwalk right in town- there are several children’s play parks set up all along the way. At night, eat a delicious local family dinner and ask us for our hotel recommendations with family rooms, pools and hot tubs for more fun for the kids (and parents!).

Want to book your next Patagonia Family Adventure? Contact us!

Your friendly Patagonia expert,

Gretchen

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NEW TRIP! 6-Day Dolomites Trek – Alta Via 1

6-Day Dolomites Trek - Alta Via 1

We are excited to introduce Dolomites treks to our list of amazing adventures! Starting with the

6-Day Dolomites Trek - Alta Via 1The Alta Via 1 is a fantastic trek, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area.

6-Day Dolomites Trek – Alta Via 1

This trek is offered as a guided group departures, self-guided private trips, and guided private trips.  As with all of our trips, we can customize this trek, and we offer many of the treks through the Dolomites.

  • Starting at $945/person!

ITINERARY

6-Day Dolomites Trek - Alta Via 1Day 1 : Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites
Day 2 : Hiking From Lago di Braies to Sennes
Day 3 : Hike Altopiano di Fanes
Day 4 : Hike Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif
Day 5 : Hiking Cinque Torri
Day 6 : Departure

See full itinerary:

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Adding the Cordillera Blanca to Your Next Peru Adventure

 

 

Don’t have the time for a long trek while visiting Huaraz? No Problem! Take a look at our two shorter versions of Huaraz’s most iconic treks!

Huaraz is an incredible destination for trekking with its snow-capped
mountains, Andean flora and fauna, and amazing lakes. Its two best known
treks – the 12 – day Cordillera Huayhuash trek and the 13 – day Alpamayo
Circuit – are some of the best ways to experience the epic scenery to include its
most important peaks like Huascarán, Alpamayo, Taulliraju, Huando. As not
every traveler has nearly two weeks to devote to a trek, we offer shorter versions that any traveler can fit into their itinerary.

*If you would like to try both treks, we also have a complete version
that takes 12 days.


6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek

With new access roads into what is considered the most spectacular mountain scenery of Peru, we have developed this trek into the heart of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. It offers a new opportunity for those who don’t have the time to do the longer, classic traditional route. A prerequisite however is to be well acclimatized since we gain altitude quickly!


4-Day Cordillera Blanca Trek / Santa Cruz Loop

This trek is called the Santa Cruz Loop and offers a hike amidst towering peaks–Huascaran, Alpamayo, Taulliraju, Huandoy, and Chacrerau–in the glacial canyons of Peru’s first mountain national park and biosphere reserve.

There is an excellent transportation service between Lima and Huaraz, with multiple departures daily. Certain times of the year there are also flights in small planes from Lima to Huaraz. Check with us for schedules.

Want to book your next adventure to the Cordillera Blanca and Peru? Contact us!

Your friendly Peru expert,
Gretchen

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AWR Now Carbon Neutral In Peru

At AWR sustainable and mindful tourism is one of our defining cornerstones. As of October 1st, we are proud to announce that we will be launching are our new carbon neutral plan for all of our Peru programs.

A letter from our ground operators in Peru:

Salkantay

Jumping for joy about carbon neutrality!

“Since we first started offering tours to Peru back in 1975, we have been committed to addressing the negative impacts that our trips may have on the scenic natural areas and remote communities we visit. Over the past 43 years, our approach toward managing those impacts has evolved. At the turn of the century we took the first steps toward systematizing our environmental management processes and created an Environmental Management System, which we certified under ISO14001 in 2002. This implied careful documentation of processes and preventive measures, as well as measurement of a series of outputs, mainly energy use, water use and waste generation. Then, in 2014, we decided to evolve from a pure environmental management system to a sustainability management system certified under Rainforest Alliance. With this new certification we basically added the sociocultural and business management components to our environmental management system so we could track our performance and progress on all three pillars of sustainability.

This year, recognizing that measuring and minimizing our negative impacts is not enough, we made the decision to measure our residual impact – that which we have not been able to minimize – and offset it via the purchase of carbon credits via a partnership with Regenera. With the help of this organization, we have been able to measure our carbon footprint from daily operations as well as those produced by the different types of tours we run using the GHG Protocol Accounting Standards, and offset it via the purchase of carbon credits which provide monetary support for reforestation and avoided deforestation projects in Peru. You can find more information on these projects HERE.”

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU, AWR TRAVELERS: Starting in the month of October, AWR will begin including a carbon offset fee on all our Peru packages ($2.00 per traveler per day) to ensure that our trips are carbon neutral from the moment our passengers land in Peru. You can find more information on that HERE. We hope that these efforts to be a more responsible tour operator are aligned with your philosophy. If by any chance you want to opt out of this initiative, please just let us know so that we can make sure to exclude this additional charge from your trip package. If you do, like us, see this as an opportunity to reinforce your sustainability philosophy, feel free to communicate the initiative to your group members and other friends who may be traveling, letting them know that their trips to Peru with us will be a zero emissions adventure!

Thank you so much for joining us in the efforts to be a more sustainable company and we hope you enjoy your adventures to Peru even more now with this new option!

Have questions? Want to book your next Peru adventure? Contact us!

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