Wiwa Tour carries out good practices for sustainable tourism.

Wiwa Tour Sustainability

Tourism today is closely examined about indicators and impacts on the environment, culture and societies. Some indicate that the power of tourism contributes to economic growth, while others emphasize the negative impacts on ecosystems, indigenous societies and cultural heritage.

Tourism is neither good nor bad, it can be both according to how it is planned, developed and managed and the good way to carry it  out is called “Sustainable Tourism”.

For many tourist agencies, it is repetitive to talk about sustainable tourism, but for our agency, which is 90% indigenous, it is exciting to always implement all of these guidelines and become even more involved with sustainability.

At present we are related to the development of projects with the Colombian State, and with the support of local and international foundations, indigenous and territorial organizations are taking environmental protection processes, emphasizing on the ancestral knowledge that still persists in our millenary culture.

Wiwa Tour Sustainable Policy

The company WIWA TOUR considers that environmental education is one of the strongest pillars for the conservation of natural resources because our indigenous roots have great respect for nature and all the ecosystems which are involved with these, our goal is to make sure that men become aware of the environment and be interested in in a way that acquire knowledge that without a healthy environment they might end much of the existing life of our planet, we want to develop a continuous learning process hand in hand by qualified professional staff to our employees , community in general and all the tourists that decide to choose us to know the nature reserves of our region.

WIWA TOUR is a company that has alarge experience and coverage in the tourism sector, our experience in this activity helps us to determine the possible impacts that can be caused.

It is important that the organization provides the conditions, which facilitates compliance with current regulations on environmental management and serve as a reference in our city and in the region against the issue of Environmental Management.

This tourism company is run by people who are extremely committed with caring for the environment, since their indigenous cultural roots consider nature as a living being and it is for this reason that it has become a priority to determine the measures of prevention, mitigation, control and compensation of the impacts that are generated in the stages of tourism.

Approaches to Sustainability

The agency has established a long-term sustainability management system which is adapted to its reality and scale, and considers the environmental, socio-cultural, quality, health and safety issues.

The agency complies with all relevant legislation and regulations, international or local (including labor, environmental, health and safety aspects).

The staff receives periodical training related with their role in the management of environmental, socio-cultural, health and safety practices.

Customer satisfaction is measured and corrective actions are taken when appropriate.

Promotional materials are accurate and complete and do not offer more than the company can provide.

It uses locally appropriate principles of sustainable construction.

Clients are given information and interpretation about the natural surroundings, local culture and cultural heritage, as well as explaining the appropriate behavior during the visit to natural areas, living cultures and cultural heritage sites.

The agency actively supports initiatives for social community development and infrastructure, which among other things includes education, health and sanitation.

Where possible, the agency purchases local and fair trade goods and services.

The agency offers facilities to small local entrepreneurs to develop and sell their sustainable products, based on the nature, history and culture of the area (which includes food and beverages, crafts, arts, agricultural products, etc.)

The agency is equitable with hiring indigenous people and local minorities, even for management positions, while restricting child labor.

The Wiwa Tour agency follows established guidelines or the code of conduct for visits to sites that are culturally or historically sensitive, in order to minimize the impact caused by visitors and maximize their enjoyment.

The agency contributes with the protection of local properties and sites which are historically, archaeologically, culturally or spiritually important, and does not prevent local residents from accessing them.

The business uses elements of art, architecture or local cultural heritage in its operations, design, decoration, food or stores while respecting the intellectual property rights of local communities.

The company helps to support the conservation of biodiversity, which includes supporting protected natural areas, and areas with a high biodiversity value.

Recommendations which focus on Sustainability.

Attendance to environmental education talks is mandatory (with Indigenous Guides).

It is not allowed hunting of wild animals.

Make adequate use of water in rivers and in camps.

Only take a bath in authorized sites.

Only walk the trails at the established times.

Do not enter the indigenous houses and do not visit the Sacred Sites without prior permits.

Noisy musical elements are not allowed.

Pets are not allowed.

Alcoholic beverages and psychoactive substances are not allowed.

Do not throw plastics or solid waste on the walk (cigarettes butt).

It is not allowed to burn garbage during the walk.

Wood fires should not be made during the walks.

It is recommended to take biodegradable products.

Do not use spray when walking on the trail.

Make proper use of energy.