By working with Rainforest Concern, we encourage people to visit the extraordinary Amazon rainforest and help to protect this threatened natural habitat and the indigenous people that live there.
When people book with Andean Trails, we ask them to donate to Rainforest Concern – a registered charity in the UK – to help to protect the amazing areas that are being visited, or to offset their carbon with Rainforest Concern’s Forest Credits carbon offsetting scheme.
The world’s tropical rainforests are the richest and most diverse habitats on earth. They represent a vast reservoir of knowledge and contain a wealth of ecosystems and wildlife, with many species still undiscovered. Rainforest Concern was established in 1993 to protect threatened natural habitats, the biodiversity they contain and the indigenous people who still depend on them.
Central to Rainforest Concern’s philosophy is the establishment of strong partnerships with small yet dynamic organisations in the countries where it operates. Such long-term partnerships have repeatedly shown to result in the continued success of projects.
This sometimes includes the purchase of land, usually in the name of the local NGO or the local communities. Emphasis is placed on the creation of forest ‘corridors’ that connect existing protected areas, avoiding the risk of fragmentation and enabling species to move freely from one to another. Programmes of alternative income generation, health and education are developed with the local communities living near the projects.
These are designed to reduce the negative human impact on forests arising through, for example, cattle ranching and subsistence farming. It also has well established volunteer programmes. These include groups of gap year students as well as mature volunteers who work on projects that include tree planting, trail maintenance and data collection.
Rainforest Concern’s Forest Credits, is a not for profit carbon offset programme, running and managing Rainforest Concern’s own offset projects. This well established programme protects threatened areas from deforestation. Forest Credit’s current priority is the Neblina Reserve, in North West Ecuador. The cloud forest is part of a larger plan, the Choco-Andean Corridor Project, to create a biological corridor in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.
The carbon offsetting program has the aim to not just offset carbon but also to protect endangered habitats and species; protect the important water storage the forest provides, that helps regulate the climate; and protect the local communities who have always relied on these forests. Forest Credits are independently assessed and audited in line with IPCC methodologies.
You can calculate and offset the carbon emissions for your trip, or find out more about Forest Credits by visiting www.forestcredits.org.uk
Or let us know if you’d like us to offset with Rainforest Concern’s Forest Credits programme, and we’ll offset on your behalf. Rainforest Concern will send you a Forest Credits certificate acknowledging the offset.
Work in the UK
Rainforest Concern operates an ‘acre sponsorship’ programme to encourage the public to become directly involved in rainforest conservation.
The GBP 25 per half acre requested, goes towards purchase and protection of rainforest at one of our projects.
Please visit the Rainforest Concern website or contact us for more information.
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We chose Andean trails after finding you online. As soon as we got talking about our options, it was clear you guys were hugely knowledgeable and could help us plan the perfect trip. We had an incredible time!
Overall Organisation: excellent, couldn’t have been better!
Highlight: It’s hard to pick just one, but exploring the suspension bridges above Grey glacier was amazing, exploring the French Valley, and watching a huge chunk of glacier carve away were some of our favourites.
Low point: I’m not sure we really had a low point, it was all amazing.
Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales was great, really quirky, good service. As expected the refugios on the trek were pretty basic but perfectly ok, the cabin at Cuernos though was brilliant!
Food: Again, as expected the food in the refugios was very basic, but edible. Our food in Cuernos refugio was actually very good, a nice treat in the middle of our trek! In the hotel, our breakfast was very good.
Guides: We didn’t really have any, but the lady that met us at the bus station and took us to our hotel was very friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed spending a short period of time in Puerto Natales, spending money in the local shops and restaurants. All the locals were super friendly. Hopefully we contributed to the tourist economy. We were very aware of our impact on the natural environment in the park, and the clear impact humans are having with erosion of paths etc. We were as careful as we could be to make sure we had as little environmental impact as possible.
What would we do differently? Not much really. Other than do some training for the hike, 32km on the first day was hard going!!
We love hiking and spending time in the outdoors. We had a couple of friends that had done the W trek and their experience sounded amazing. We weren’t disappointed!
Thanks for all your help and advice in making our trip an experience we will remember forever!
Anna Redman, UK, 2019
» Patagonia Self-guided Trekking Tour
Andean Trails helped us organise a memorable family trip through Peru and Bolivia.
We loved exploring the diversity these countries have to offer - coast, desert, mountains, salt flats and rain forests – with a balance of culture, activity and a little bit of R&R!
I generally like to do the research for trips myself but after the initial research phase, it was great to have Tom as an expert partner, focused on delivering what we wanted to get out of the trip, whilst adding value by suggesting things that would enhance our experience.
He provided an invaluable sense check on what was possible, adding support and expertise to make our ambitious plan a reality - e.g, organising private transfers to get us to where we needed to be before the border closed etc. and providing the reassurance of a ‘go to’ person on the ground for help when needed. He was fabulous to work with and it felt like planning the trip with a friend.
Tom really knows the people and places in all the locations and his suggestions for activities to keep everyone in the family interested and entertained were spot on, meaning we had lots of cool things to do with wonderfully knowledgeable guides, including special times on Lake Titicaca with a home stay on Amantanti.
Thanks for helping us create the most memorable family trip.
Lynn Oliver, UK, 2017
» Colca Canyon Condors Tour
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