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The essence of Edgar Adventures is to practice sustainable tourism operations in our journeys. Responsible tourism & sustainable tourism are very positive concepts, but these are becoming very much overused terms as marketing tools for big and small tour operators alike.
Being socially responsible in tourism does not only mean to be the channel for occasional donations or bringing some bread to “the poor” at Christmas. In the end, that might create more dependence. Being socially responsible and low-impact in tourism means; to participate actively in the protection of delicate societies and eco systems we visit & to be capable to produce a “Positive Impact” and “Low-impact”. That is only possible through a deep understanding and respect of the local cultures and nature. Below there is a small description of our humble and silent contribution on this matter.
Edgar Adventures has led & sponsored many communities to gain a start in the tourism industry but with a solid base in sustainable and socially responsible tourism.
Ticonata is a small beautiful island on a hidden spot at Lake Titicaca.on 2004 we had the commitment to start a community based tourism project there, but the island was almost depopulated. Its inhabitants had gone to inhabit the nearest shores and from there the young started to migrate away looking for better life. On the spring of the same year we brought the first experimental group of tourists, right after our visit some islanders offered to sell us big sections of the island and we felt tempted to start a private project. However it was against our idea to start a unique community based project, so later in a communal meeting we recommended them to include in their internal regulations, certain limitations like: “it is not allowed to sell land to foreigners, and only the communal business will be permitted” in this manner we assured the future and sustainability of our project and assured the benefits of tourism to stay on the island.
Immediately we started the “Ticonata Community Based Project”. Our condition was to work with everybody together. Using the ancestral principle of “Ayni”. “Give and Receive”, we directed them to build a small eco village in remembrance of pre-incan houses and make them aware of the facilities and services they could offer to visitors. Everybody worked together like ants to build an Eco Village. Today our clients have the chance to experience a night in this unique off-the-beaten-path destination full of authentic culture and great landscapes. But the most impressive thing is to observe the positive impact our project has produced:
We particularly recognize Daniel Diaz and Percy Flores, two experienced tour leaders, for their cooperation and commitment in supporting this project unconditionally.
In March, of 2008 Edgar Adventures began a tourism community based project in Luquina, a community located on the Chucuito Peninsula. It is a privileged spot by nature and a place that holds an authentic indigenous community that deserved to be known. Our concern was how to not negatively affect this unspoiled area and start a real sustainable project without expiration date. We organized the community and made them aware of the importance to work together as a condition for a fair & sustainable tourism. Rapidly using By integrating the “Ayni principle”- “One for all and all for one” , they quickly understood the concept and helped each other to improve their home stay rooms and other facilities to receive visitors. Today Luquina is for sure one of the best off-the-beaten-track destinations where responsible and fair tourism have come true, in partnership with a private company. Since then our mutual cooperation has become stronger, and has produced remarkable positive impacts:
As a socially and environmentally conscious Adventure travel company, Edgar Adventures is aware that responsible & sustainable operations on our tours are crucial to protect the local cultures & ecosystems we visit. Our commitment is to offer low-impact journeys and help the local economies.
In Andean kitchens, chimneys are not used. By cooking with firewood in confined spaces, the fumes are very harmful to the lungs. In fact high percentages of tar can be found in the local people lungs. It affects not only the mother, but all the family. In 2005 we began an ambitious project. “Installing chimneys in the traditional kitchens” which so far has benefited over 150 families on Amantani Island & Luquina.
Since 1996 we have brought support into many schools like on: Amantani Island, Taquile Island, Ticonata islands and the peninsulas of Capachica & Chucuito, Through our “Bring a Book, Bring a brick” project many schools have been painted and fixed up, thanks to the commitment of many volunteer travelers.
Due to the fact that some visitors very often bring candies and sweets to children it has resulted in dental problems in kids becoming a serious situation. Edgar Adventures in partnership with Dental Lounge (Lima dental care specialists), have sponsored and promoted dental care campaigns on Lake Titicaca islands and Luquina. Instructing kids how to take care of their teeth.
Since 1996 and annually every Earth’ Day we organize cleaning campaigns on Amantani & Taquile islands, and with the participation of the local guides, motor boat skippers and islanders, have collected literally heaps of plastic bottles, candy wrappers, used batteries and transported it into the Puno’s city recycling centers, to give this garbage a better end.
In the winter of 2009 we have sponsored the Luquina community by equipping them with 40 brand new mattresses. It was a big effort as a company but an important action in order to improve the quality of the tourist services and local people economy, a particular recognition to Norka Florez, for her goodwill commitment.
In 2006 we were concerned about the gradual destruction of an original pre-Incan pathway on Amantani island and have encouraged the communities of Colquecachi & Occosuyo to reconstruct it. In exchange each of the 105 participant families received a thermos flask for storing hot water.
In 2004 in order to improve the food preparation and quality, we donated 80 High quality Teflon frying pans. But in exchange they collected the inorganic garbage, even the rubbish from remote locations taken there by the winds and people, (plastics, used batteries etc.) so that was a nice exchange, pancakes for our guests’ breakfast in exchange for a cleaner island. (100% self financed).