The nature of our commitments to the planet
Here we present a summary of our specifications, a set of criteria that we try to apply in response to a need to balance conservation and retribution.
Providing a quality service and ensure visitor satisfaction.
The people we work with:
We do our best to offer a quality service through the choice of our companions. Our stays are supervised by specialists according to the theme of the tour: photographer, watercolourists, naturalist guide, anthropologist, intervention of archaeologists, etc.
A limited number of participants:
We ensure the quality of our products by limiting the number of participants, especially for trips with a strong naturalistic component to ensure the quality of observations, but also to limit our impact and ecological footprint by respecting the load capacity of the sites visited.
Listening to our clients:
We try to personalize each stay as much as possible in order to perfectly meet the different priorities of each one according to their tastes and desires. Adjusted to available time, budget … this bringing an important part of authenticity in the discovery of Neotropical heritage.
Join the economic and social development, preserve its quality of life and promote local jobs:
We work to promote local employment by hiring local guides and drivers. We also work in partnership with community tourism programs that we include in some of our tours (Playa de Oro Project, Inti Sisa, etc.). We are careful to always ensure them fair compensation.
We also prefer, for our picnics, to get our supplies in small grocery stores and on local markets rather than in supermarkets.
Of course, we respect the labour rights defined by the standards of the International Labour Organization and only work for adults.
Continuous quality monitoring:
In order to improve our quality approach, satisfaction surveys are automatically send to our visitors at the end of their stay. Being able to benefit from the participants’ point of view and their feedback, allows us to continually improve our tours while meeting the wishes of our customers.
An adapted recycling program:
Minimize the impact on the environment (control of various sources of pollution, renewable energy, organic food, etc.), or even create direct benefits for the protection of nature (funding reforestation projects, protecting wildlife and flora, environmental education, etc.) and make travellers aware of the little things that make the difference.
We pay particular attention to the small things that make a difference; for example by participating in a recycling program for our office and tour equipment, using only rechargeable batteries and encouraging our travellers to do the same, or by making our service providers and our customers aware of the movements and alternatives available to minimize our ecological footprint.
Within our office, we make maximum use of renewable raw materials; for example, we recycle all paper and build our office furniture with recycled wood panels. On the other hand, for promotion, no paper brochure is published, the Internet being the main communication tool.
Accommodations, typical places on a human scale:
Priority is given to the use of charming accommodations, mostly in lodges or small hotels. Be comfortably accommodated in family-oriented places promotes quality hospitality leading to cultural exchange.
We take great care not to disturb wildlife during our expeditions. Thanks to strict rules of approach, observation and vigilance are especially critical during breeding and nesting phases.
We refuse to use excessively motorized transport. For this reason, we only use air transport in case of great need, we try to minimize long journeys and therefore favour walking on all our excursions. Also, we exclude from our stays services such as off-piste tours in a 4 × 4 or motorcycle, motorized gliding sports, this for full compliance with the ecosystems crossed.
Our trips are mainly based on the discovery of the specific country: flora, fauna, landscape, cultural, etc.
Cultivate a certain art of living:
Ecology is not austere but fully involved in welfare.
Usability hold an important place in or travels, and we think that the wonder which the observations which we try to put in place (wild fauna, ecosystems, etc.) is more in the direction of awareness than of austerity.
Our vision thus defined is by no means a set of criteria that we apply for the purpose of certification, however we are happy to audit for any evaluation or control.
Our participation in conservation:
Foundation Sumac Muyu:
The Sumac Muyu Foundation is the managing body of the “Bigal river” reserve located on the amortization area of Sumaco National Park. This ecological foundation, of which Nature Experience is an active part, coordinates the two conservation projects. The role of Nature Experience within this foundation, is to interface between visitors and these reserves and therefore to participate in their growth by leading travellers. On the other hand, these two sites also develop volunteer actions accessible to anyone wishing to participate in this conservation project.
Throughout the year, we collaborate with community tourism and ecotourism programs that we include in some of our tours. Agreements with various projects allow us to be constantly aware of practical and scientific information, which can help us in the realization of new tours and lodgings.
Also, we work to promote private conservation projects; for this, we favour the exploration of reserves designed by individuals. By payment of entry fees, you contribute to the development of each reserve visited.
“Voyage pour la Planete” a guarantee of quality:
Nature Experience is a member of “Voyages pour la Planète”, a label created by the French Association for Ecotourism. All our services therefore meet the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism, pre-established by this label.
Nature Experience, member of various conservation organizations:
As a Naturalist Tour Operator, actively participating in conservation programs is fundamental to us. For this, we adhere to different organizations such as:
- the Gustavo Orcés Herpetological Foundation (Quito vivarium)
- Birds and Conservation (Ecuadorian Ornithological Committee)
- Neotropical Birding Club
We are present at events related to the protection of (endangered) species like the Latin American congress on the conservation of raptors as well as our participation in annual censuses of waterfowl.
Our vision defined above, has not been developed to apply to a certification, however we are happy to audit for any evaluation or control.
Thank you for taking the time to read our commitments as well as for your ongoing support, be it in the past, present or future, of our conservation work efforts.
The team of Nature Experience