At Espíritu Travel, we are passionate about Colombia and responsible travel, so naturally, we want to help maximize the benefits that tourism can bring to local communities while at the same time reducing tourism’s negative impacts. Colombiais becoming a focal point for travelers who are focused on more responsible travel and we definitely want to offer trips that get to the heart of Colombia.
Responsible travel does not mean having to compromise on the quality or enjoyment of your trip in fact we believe it enhances the experience of getting to know the people and culture of Colombia.
Positive Impact Trips
Trips that support community based tourism, collaboration with artisans, and endorse real connections between countries and people.
We actively seek out experiences that ensure Espiritu Travel travelers have a positive impact on the people and the communities that are visited.
With the majority of our working with local guides and drivers, there is plenty of opportunity to meet the locals on of our trips. By taking steps to ensure that we involve as many local people as possible, the money spent on a Espíritu Travel trip provides a tangible economic benefit to local communities in Colombia.
Wherever you travel in Colombia, getting up close and personal to the local community is sure to provide you with a wealth of great experiences that you’ll want to tell your friends and family about for years to come.
We also provide information so that travelers can also support small businesses who sell unique souvenirs or one of kind home decor or even locally designed fashion. This support allows businesses to flourish, grow and expand.
Carbon Neutral Trips
As responsible citizens of planet earth, we are also painfully aware of the impact humans are having on the climate.
Espiritu Travel now offers carbon neutral travel for all trips. We see it as yet another important step in our journey towards creating a more sustainable travel company. Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated for all our customized trips, taking into account the use of fuels in local travel, emissions from food, and energy used in accommodations. We work with Carbon Credit Capital to ensure accurate results and come up with simple metrics like emissions per person, per trip while in-country.
We have chosen to support a carbon offset project in the Amazon rainforest. The project protects over 149,000 hectares of virgin rainforest from deforestation which houses 44,000+ species of plants and animals, including over 30 vulnerable species. The project also provides improved quality of life for over 6,200 local community members—including paths to land ownership, and improved diversity of the local economy with capacity building for cultivating new and highly valuable forest crops and products. You can find out more about this verified gold standard project here.
Reduce Negative Impacts
It all starts with small changes.
We provide each traveler with very easy list of actions they can take before and during their trip in order to tread lighter while in Colombia.
Travel can create enriching personal experiences as well as greater cultural understanding and connection.
The journey towards travelers becoming a purpose driven company has no end, we continue to seek ways to make our trips a force for improve in the lives how are touched by our trips. Admittedly, we have a ways to go for our Colombia trips.
One of our big aspirations for the next year is to move towards plastic free trips. We want to be able to provide our travelers as well as guides and drivers with Water to Go bottles so that eliminates the need for single use plastic bottles.
See our positive impact trips
If you would like to make a positive impact on your next trip, we are here to help.