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Llama Travel recognises that tourism to countries in Latin America has a significant impact, both on the lives of local people and on the natural environment. When carried out sensitively, this impact can be very positive, providing employment and income as well as encouraging the preservation of local resources and culture. The economic benefit comes more directly than most other forms of export; through restaurants, shops and other services supplied by locals.

Many countries in Latin America are poor, and to make a living, natural resources have always been exploited by locals, e.g. through logging in the Amazon rainforest. However, as tourism has become more important economically, there is a growing recognition of the need to preserve natural resources. This can be seen through the increasing number of eco-lodges in the jungle, where many locals who once would have been involved in hunting or destruction of the forest are now involved in preservation.

Llama Travel works with local companies and organisations in Latin America to try to ensure that our holidays are beneficial for the people of the destinations we visit. We ask you to help with this:

  • Support the local economy by buying local produce and services.
  • Respect local people and culture, especially when taking photographs.
  • Respect the behaviour and habitat of wildlife.
  • Do not buy products made from endangered species or tropical hardwoods.
  • Support local environmental projects and those designed to preserve local heritage.
  • Please do not litter.
  • All Llama Travel excursions are taken with knowledgeable local guides who are fluent in English, and often in other local languages, such as Quechua. Some trips include sections without guides; in these cases drivers may have only rudimentary English. We feel that the use of local guides aids the traveller in a better understanding of their destination, as well as working to better the lives of people living in the local community. We try to ensure that all local staff we work with are treated and paid well. However, some of the local companies we work with may not always share these concerns. If you come across anyone on your holiday that you think is being exploited, please bring this to our attention.
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Porters on the Inca Trail trek, Peru
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Practical Action

Llama Travel supports the work in Peru of Practical Action, a UK-based development charity. Practical Action was founded in the UK in 1965 by Fritz Schumacher, who coined the phrase ‘small is beautiful’ to describe the need to apply smallscale technology to reduce poverty. The charity, previously called Intermediate Technology, opened its Peru office in 1985, and now employs over 100 people in 9 regions of the country. Llama Travel is particularly impressed with the way Practical Action operates, employing local people, carrying out relatively short-term projects (3-5 years) that have a long-term impact on people’s lives.

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Installing solar panels.