Travel with a Small Eco-Footprint
Gondwana has been featured in print and online by Star Tribune, reaching the audience of Minnesota and the world. We even secured the coveted featured photo, an image of the Kapawi Ecolodge. The caption reads: “Gondwana EcoTours sustains Ecuadorean communities with proceeds from eco-tour visitors.”
Part of being environmentally conscious means taking responsibility for lifestyle choices. By analyzing food, living, recycling and transportation usage, an ecological footprint test gives insight to how personal choices impact the earth. Truthfully, travel impacts the environment in more ways than meets the eye. Airplane pollution, hotel accommodations and dining out can negatively impact an ecological footprint. Making conscious decisions to work with eco-friendly local companies helps support businesses that are making a difference.
Gondwana’s Sustainability Goals
On all of our tours, Gondwana aims to lower environmental impact by carbon-offsetting flights and partnering with local communities. By spreading awareness about sustainability and ecotourism, we make an impact one adventure at a time. Learn more about our sustainability efforts for the Amazon Awakening Ecotour.
During the tour, guests will spend 4 nights “with the indigenous Achuar people of the Amazon in their Kapawi Lodge.” The Achuar tribe operates this destination in order to preserve the Amazon Rainforest and their indigenous culture. From solar power, locally sourced meals and sustainably built accommodations, the ecolodge has a minimal environmental impact. The tribe considers themselves as part of the Amazonian ecosystem, and strives to protect the region against the destruction of natural resources. Gondwana is proud to support this community and vision through sustainable tourism.
Eco-Friendly Travel in the Amazon
For too long, the world has turned a blind eye to the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. Global consumption of natural resources has increased, which has fueled the need for companies to extract them. WWF writes, “In the Amazon, around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching.” If these trends continue, the global environmental impact will be devastating. Taking preventative actions now will protect the Amazon Rainforest for future generations.
Evaluating your personal carbon footprint and making wise lifestyle and consumption choices is a great way to start making a difference. At Gondwana, we choose to travel sustainably, and help guests do the same. Many thanks to Star Tribune for featuring our Amazon Awakening Ecotour as an eco-friendly travel option!