Carbon Emissions Reduction
Staff air travel to Latin America is unavoidable for us to maintain our expertise and up-to-date knowledge of the region and to ascertain that all our services, including accommodation and activities, adhere to our standards of quality and safety. However, we make a donation to our carbon reduction project in Latin America for all staff travel overseas.
Journey Latin America also encourages you, our clients, to pay a small optional contribution to support our carbon reduction project. We have been doing so for a number of years, and thanks to your contributions we have successfully funded a number of social projects in Latin America. Our projects have two aims: to reduce carbon emission and to help alleviate poverty.
LAKE ATITLÁN STOVE PROGRAMME, GUATEMALA
Since 2012 we have been supporting an innovative programme managed by the NGO ‘Tu’ik Ruch Lew’ (‘Helping the Earth’) supplying fuel-efficient stoves to communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. At the last count in April 2015, 684 ‘JLA stoves’ have been delivered and installed in the homes of families around the shores of Lake Atitlán, and there are many more families eagerly awaiting theirs.
Many poor families throughout Latin America cook their meals over a traditional open-fire pit, often the centrepiece of their single-room home. With no way of extracting the smoke from the building, the risks of using these fires are substantial. Acute respiratory Infection, carbon-monoxide poisoning, burns and eye infections are all very real dangers.
Through a local NGO these modern, fuel-efficient stoves are installed, thereby minimising these risks.
The stoves are 70% more efficient at burning wood so they also have a positive effect on the environment by reducing deforestation. On average the family is saving 2 days of every week previously spent gathering firewood. This new found time affords the opportunity to engage in other activities to benefit the communities. The project has also created employment as all of the stoves are manufactured locally within Guatemala.
If you are visiting Lake Atitlán on a Journey Latin America holiday and would be interested in visiting the project and families working with the stoves, please speak to one of our expert Travel Consultants.
Water to Go
We've partnered up with Water To Go UK to reduce waste by offering clients a 30% discount on filtered water bottles.Find out more
In 2019, we're contributing to the Pintando Project on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.Find out more
We support the LATA Foundation, a UK-based charity with projects throughout Latin America.Find out more
We have put together a list of the most sustainable or eco-conscious hotels that we sell so you can make an informed decision.Find out more
Onçafari Jaguar Project
The Onçafari Jaguar Project's aim is to promote conservation through tourism and generate benefits for the Pantanal.Find out more
Past Charity Work
Over the years we've enjoyed supporting a number of small charities and have been able to make a real difference, thanks to your help.Find out more
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Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
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Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.