Restoring and protecting ecosystems, supporting nature’s ability to draw down carbon, as well as safeguarding biodiversity, food security and water supply is key to reducing and reversing the climate crisis.
We have measured the carbon impact of every holiday we sell and will mitigate the residual carbon emissions of every one of our holidays by protecting carbon-rich habitats and supporting sustainable development projects. We consider any residual carbon emissions and for every booking make a related donation to Rewilding Chile.
Latin America is home to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and protecting this is key to meeting global climate crisis goals. Home to three of the top five countries with the most bird, amphibian, mammal, reptilian, fish and plant life it is a continent teeming with nature. With the Amazon leading the way as biodiversity hotspot there is so much more to be found from the rugged mountains of Patagonia, the Galápagos Islands to the Mesoamerican coral reef.
At Journey Latin America we strongly believe that a greater understanding of the planet we live on, and the natural wildlife and beauty that exists within it, will drive a greater desire to make a positive impact. Travel gives people the opportunity to experience the natural world first-hand, to enjoy it, to respect it and become ambassadors and raise awareness of the need to protect it. The tourism industry creates the economic justification for local communities for the protection of wild grasslands and forests, rather than their exploitation.
Rewilding Chile is a non-profit organisation that takes a progressive approach to conservation, working to rewild Chilean Patagonia.
It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes.
Some habitats are vital for nature-based carbon solutions and natural carbon sequestration. Rewilding Chile’s approach to help the world recover its balance and vitality is through the creation of terrestrial and marine parks, ecological restoration, and fostering a conservation culture.
They have created 7 national parks, and expanded 3 others, creating the Route of Parks of Patagonia, which connects 17 national parks, 60 gateway communities and protects 11.8 million hectares of wilderness. The Route of Parks of Patagonia is one of the largest carbon sinks in South America, storing 6,608 million metric tons of carbon, almost three times more carbon per hectare than the Amazon Forest.
Through rewilding, indigenous wildlife recovers are more biodiverse habitats are created so, in addition to being an integral part of our climate action strategy, the work undertaken by Rewilding Chile complements our overriding commitment to protect the environment, flora and fauna and local communities in the areas where we operate.
Protecting wildlife, increasing diminished populations, and––when necessary––reintroducing species are all key aspects of park creation. Rewilding, or ecological restoration, is a core strategy for helping the planet regain its balance.
In addition to this impact, national parks are an amazing way for a country to showcase its scenic beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage for the world. We know that conservation projects are more successful when communities are empowered to play an active role in these efforts. The Route of Parks of Patagonia takes a local approach, seeking to establish nature-based tourism models that promote regional economic diversification, directly benefiting local populations.
To find out more about Rewilding Chile and their work please visit their website or watch here.
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Meet our team
Real Latin american experts
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.
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.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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!
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.
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.