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Sustainable Travel

At Journey Latin America, sustainable travel and the desire to be a responsible business has always been in our DNA: our passion for the people and places we visit underlies everything we do, which is why we strive to have a positive social and environmental impact at home, in the regions that we operate and for the planet.

We believe that as we experience the extraordinary beauty of the natural-world first hand, we learn to respect it and raise awareness of the need to protect it. Therefore, it is our responsibility as representatives at the forefront of travel to educate and encourage everyone we work with on sustainability and responsible tourism.

Pledge to sustainability

In 2022 we aim to take sustainability beyond being a general ethic, by beginning to measure the impacts of our business against key UN sustainable development goals, and seeking to bring improvements throughout. This is an opportunity to act as a catalyst for changes within Latin America, to help protect and have a positive impact upon the natural environment, communities and cultures that make the continent so special.

We are extremely proud to have been recognised for our ongoing work in sustainability by specialist travel association, AITO – the first travel industry association to incorporate a commitment to sustainable travel and green tourism into its business charter – who named us one of the first travel operators to win the maximum Sustainable Travel Award.

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Climate action plan

There is no denying the negative carbon impact caused by international flight and we recognise the situation is far more complicated than simply offsetting emissions. However, we do strongly believe that the overwhelming impact of well-managed sustainable tourism is positive and can undoubtedly be used as a force for good. As part of our climate commitment we are a proud signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. In doing so, we pledge to deliver an aligned plan to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade, by 2030, and aim to reach net-zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.

Our company-wide Climate Action Strategy follows a five-step pathway to Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate and Finance.

Read our full climate action plan for more information.

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Philanthropy

In our endeavour to support responsible and sustainable travel in Latin America and beyond we partner with an array of social and environmental charities. Through this work we are able to directly support a number of UN sustainable development goals. We’ve nurtured strong relationships with our local suppliers who all share our vision and agree to uphold a commitment to local communities and their development through fair employment policies and responsible energy use. They are there to ensure that all benefits from tourism filter down to local communities.

Over the years we have enjoyed supporting a number of small local charities which benefit a great deal from our financial support. We encourage our clients to make a small, optional contribution when booking a holiday in an effort to make a real difference to people across Latin America.

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Meet our team

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  • Juliet Ellwood
    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!

  • Sophie Barber
    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.

  • CarrieGallagher2
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    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.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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