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 support and encourage everyone we work with on sustainability and responsible tourism.

Our pledge

We are taking 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.

In 2023 we received the top British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce Responsible Business Award (SMEs) in recognition of our sustainable journey so far.

Bartolome, Galápagos

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.

Aerial view of iceburg, Antarctica

On the ground

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.

Some of the local project we have supported include the LATA Foundation, Projecto Pintando, Oncafari Jaguar project and the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

During the pandemic, we also employed local artisans in Ecuador to make our beautiful travel wallets, giving some much needed employment at a time when it was most needed.



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Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    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.

  • Chris
    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.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

  • Heloise
    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.

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