“Whether you are traveling alone or arranging travel for others, remember that the Earth is our homeland. Give it the care and respect it deserves, learn about its environment and geography, spend time getting to know its people and their art, culture, history and livelihoods. While you derive pleasure, knowledge and understanding from your encounters, hold close the importance of preserving these treasures for those who may follow in your footsteps”.
Responsible Travel Handbook
Travel is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry, providing 10 percent of the world’s income and employing one tenth of the world’s workforce. Travel to places known as “biodiversity hotspots,” such as Ecuador, are among the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. This growing interest will have many different impacts on both the environment and cultures of these tourist destinations.
Sustainable travel aims to protect these fragile places of extreme beauty from disappearing, while protecting the livelihoods and natural resources of local communities with limited economic resources, whose culture and traditions are also in danger of being lost.