Responsible travel is a way of travelling for the conscious traveller who will no longer follow the highway of mass tourism but local paths into a journey full of discovery, relaxation and adventure during which he really gets to know the destination of his choice.
Minimising the environmental impact by Carbon Offset: We offset all the carbon dioxide emissions produced by our company daily work and furthermore provide all travellers with the possibility to carbon neutral their trip with local reforestation projects.
Travel is one of the polluters and generators of carbon dioxide and airplane travel in particular is a principle contributor of greenhouse gases. Therefore Surtrek Tour Operator wishes to offset the pollution produced during these travels by supporting extensive reforestation. These reforestation projects in Ecuador 'sequester' or remove, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Reforestation projects capture CO2 and store it in the trees' mass and in the soil and thus play a vital role in absorbing emissions. This activity, over time, will help remove carbon dioxide from the air, and thus contribute to the cleaning of our atmosphere.
Generate benefits for local people: by employing local people throughout the whole process from staff members of the agency over drivers and guides to local hotel and lodge employees we make sure that traveling with EGT generates economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities. We improve working conditions and make positive contributions to the cultural heritage embracing diversity e.g. by supporting and promoting projects like Qhapaq Ñan and encouraging respect and understanding between tourists and local people.
Respecting and benefiting local people and the environment during the travel allows the traveller to win deeper insights in the culture and nature and sometimes even friends on the other side of the globe.
Still, sometimes your own effort applying the rules of responsible tourism is just not enough. That's why we decided to do even more and support ecological and social projects all over the country, thus helping to ensure that not only you can enjoy the wonderful nature and fantastic cultures of Ecuador, but your grandchildren too.