RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL & TOURISM
We have always taken pride in our level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and local peoples we encounter on our travels.
By training both our tour leaders and travellers on the philosophy of 'leave no trace', constantly reviewing operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities we come into contact with; we endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the places we visit. As a company we support responsible charities and organisations wherever we can.
It's the small things
We believe it's the small things in life which make the biggest difference. Some examples of things we've done to help are; donate some of our old tents and sleeping bags to boy scouts, offer left over food to the homeless and we always keep our eyes open for opportunities where we can. We also work with locally owned business for activities and accommodation and work with local communities such as the Navajo people in Monument Valley.
Leave No Trace
We want the incredible natural sights in the Americas that we visit on our trips to stay that way. That's why we promote a `Leave No Trace' philosophy on all our tours, ensuring we clean up after ourselves on campsites and trails. This is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when enjoying the great outdoors.
> Read the Leave No Trace Guidelines
Working with the locals
The vast majority of our itineraries are led by local tour leaders using local suppliers for transportation, accommodation and activities. Food is usually purchased and prepared locally, without the waste and energy needed for restaurant meals. This way we return money to the local economy. We would like for you to support our philosophy by purchasing locally made products when available.
Tour Leader Training
Our tour leaders are all trained in responsible tourism issues and given advice on how to run tours to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Topics covered include water conservation and waste disposal, minimising campfire impact, and respect for the local peoples. You tour leader will help to show you how you can help during your tour.
Small Group Travel
Travelling as a small group goes a long way to reducing the negative environmental and social impact of travel.. Also, a group of thirteen or less travellers requires less space for activities that a group of forty or fifty, and helps to minimize each group's impact on the environment, other groups of people and helps minimize disruptive impacts on the animals living in and around the camp setting.
Offset your carbon emissions
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint log on to www.nativenergy.com to find out how. Money raised by Native Energy supports local grass roots projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support local communities, for example they've helped a remote Alaskan village develop three wind turbines that replace polluting diesel generators.
Members of the American Hiking Society
TrekAmerica are a proud supporter of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America's vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems. Find out more about the American Hiking Society.
Members of Tourism Cares
We are a founding member and partner of Tourism Cares, a non-profit organisation with a mission to preserve the travel experience for future generations to enjoy. We have supported a post Hurricane Katrina clean up of New Orleans and the revitalization of Louis Armstrong Park, and the restoration of historic sites in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In June 2010, we helped clear and restore recreational areas and trails through Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. For additional information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.tourismcares.org/