We from ANDES NATIVA do deeply believe that Tourism does not only help to grow, but that it can also help to sensitize society for a respectful and responsible interaction with the environment and its ethnic roots. The preservation of the natural and cultural resources/treasures is a predominant goal on an international level, and ANDES NATIVA is part of this process.
We do support actively projects and elements of responsible and sustainable tourism. Programs which do meet these benchmarks are carefully identified and represent the mayor part of the product range ANDES NATIVA offers.
This selection is realized through a modern system of support for sustainably oriented service provider. This concept allows the certification with a “seal of approval for sustainable tourism” in order to recognize the efforts of the best service providers in the tourism industry.
CONSERVATION, REFORESTATION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
With the support of the company Pic Parks, we’ve decided to actively contribute to the conservation of green areas in Chile. The idea is to integrate our travelers and let them be part of this project.
With each booking, Andes Nativa will donate US $ 9 to a conservation project of the traveler´s choice. This corresponds to nature conservation area of nine square meters. Our travelers can choose, before or during their trip, which natural area project they would like us to support.
On each traveler´s Welcome letter, they will find a link and a code along with instructions on how to choose a project. Participation is – of course – completely voluntary.
Some of the proyects we are currently supporting:
ANDES NATIVA COMMUNITY WORK
Andes Nativa is working together with several indigenous communities along Chile in consulting and in order to promote their services and products. The newest project is with a group of indigenous women from San Juan de la Costa, a fisher village at the virgin coast west of Osorno in the Lakes Region.
These women are working in basket weaving and do create beautiful baskets, bowls, cages and lampshades. Due to their geographic isolation, lack of resources and knowledge they were not able to sell their handicrafts to the prices their products are worth. Andes Nativa is helping them to get to different local markets and sell them at different stores.
The women from San Juan do work with a material called boqui, a climbing plant from the vitaceae family found especially abundant in the lakes region but also in complete south-central Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay Paraguay and Bolivia. The huilliche Mapuche in the Lakes region are masters in working this climbing plant and are creating impressive artwork with it. Andes Nativa is also helping them to communicate their products in a better way and in identifying and elaborating new sales channels.