After more than 20 years of striving to promote responsible tourism, in mostly remote locations and important destinations in the Andes and the Amazon of Bolivia and Peru, we decided to open ECOAMERICAPERU. This is the sister company of America Tours (america-ecotours.com), the leading ecotourism company in Bolivia since 1996, which is largely responsible for the rapid positioning of spectacular destinations such as Madidi National Park, the Bolivian Pampas, and Chalalan Ecolodge. As ECOAMERICAPERU we continue our commitment: to empower locals– especially those neighboring well preserved landscapes or unique places with unparalleled biodiversity and wildlife, and also some territories of first nations who continue their struggle for better opportunities in their economic development. As well, we are committed to help save precious world heritage sites, and historical and cultural places that we visit with our international clients. Be part of our quest!
Eliana Ricalde, is an architect involved in rescuing Cusco’s monumental heritage, and presently also working as the Assistant of the Executive Director of the Guaman Poma de Ayala Center, one of the most influential NGOs dedicated to support municipal and social development in South Peru.
David G. Ricalde is a field biologist, ornithologist, and consultant who worked in conservation and tourism development in important destinations of Peru and Bolivia for over 25 years. He is also an experienced wildlife and wetland researcher, and a dedicated environmental activist.
Jasmin Caballero is a consultant in destination management with extensive experience in developing tourism destinations and training of human resources in the Andes and Amazon. She worked for conservation and development agencies in Bolivia for over 15 years. She is also the owner of America Tours Bolivia SRL and South America Ecotravel LTD.
What Is Ecotourism and Responsible Tourism?
We believe that tourism, the largest global service industry and one of the top industries for poor countries, has a social and environmental obligation.
Ecotourism became prevalent as a travel concept in the late 1980s as the desire grew to travel to natural destinations. Ecotourism ensures that tourism and tourists respect the flora and fauna by emphasizing conservation, education, low impact travel, and social and cultural participation. Their mantra: Take only photographs; leave only footprints.
Responsible tourism is not only about conservation, but takes into account the welfare of the local people and how tourism affects their lives and livelihood. To this end, we are committed to the social and environmental impact of tourism:
- To provide travel that minimizes negative impact;
- Brings economic benefits to host communities;
- Preserves the culture and natural resources of the destinations.
We protect our business by protecting the destinations on which our business depends.
Helping Conservation Efforts in saving threatened valuable ecosystems in Peru
We support ECOAN (Association of Andean Eco Sistemas)— a Non-Governmental Organization –dedicated to the preservation of Andean endangered species and ecosystems. This organization leads community-based conservation projects in Peru. For instance, in northern Peru, ECOAN created a world-class nature reserve at Patricia summit for the protection of endangered species like the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and Long-whiskered Owlet, among other poorly-known. Nearby, ECOAN helped the Pomacochas Community establish an ecological easement – the first of its kind in Peru – to preserve the habitat for the rare Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird. Also, ECOAN has worked with communities surrounding these two reserves to plant more than 800,000 native trees and coffee bushes to restore forests and habitat connectivity among degraded private lands.
Also we support the Cocha Cashu Biological Station, a remote tropical ecology field station located in Manu National Park, in Southeastern Peru. Now training several talented young Peruvian biologists coming from all over Peru.Cocha Cashu is unique and well-known to be a field station situated in a vast region minimally impacted by man. International ecologists are, for over 40 years, providing critical insights about the biodiversity and processes of a healthy, intact rainforest like nowhere else in the Western Amazon. Since 2009, several groups of students have benefited from intense field courses in tropical biology with the hope to prepare nationals to undertake more interest in field science and conservation biology.