Since we established our eco-lodge back in 1991, we have been committed to living in our jungle home and operating our ecotourism and ecoadventure trips in accordance with sustainable values. Over the years, as we have seen more and more people travel to the Amazon basin of Peru and come to stay with us, we have maintained our strong focus on responsible and sustainable tourism.
Throughout our operations, from our office in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado to our eco-lodge deep in the rainforest of southeastern Peru, we have developed -and continue to maintain and constantly improve- sustainable policies and practices at every level of our company.
All the members of our team are trained in responsible practices, and among both our staff and our guests we actively encourage and promote sustainable initiatives. Our ecofriendly approach ranges from reducing to a minimum any negative impacts on the natural environment that may result from our tourism activities, to constantly patrolling and monitoring the health of the pristine tropical forests that we are responsible for protecting from external threats.
At Tambopata Ecolodge, our goal is to provide our guests with a responsible and sustainable tourism experience, while protecting natural and cultural resources and supporting the development of the local community in the nearest town to our eco-lodge: Puerto Maldonado, 68 kilometers (43 miles) from our rainforest location.
As part of the policies and practices that reflect our values, we are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) established by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda. In line with those SGDs, we work with travel sector partners who share our ethical and sustainable values, we promote the conservation of the environment and the local economy, and we encourage the hiring of local workers. By providing fair employment opportunities, we attract new generations entering the labor market away from those sectors that harm the environment.
Also in line with UN SDGs, we promote gender equality throughout our company, from our office staff in Cusco and Puerto Maldonado, to the hiring policy we implement when selecting the naturalist guides who accompany our guests in the rainforest. And of course, this equality within our company contributes to our commitment to guaranteeing the wellbeing and safety of women travelers.
And of course, as a rainforest eco-lodge we fulfill another commitment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by protecting the life of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, thereby highlighting the potential of conserving biodiversity and protecting ecosystems through tourism. At Tambopata Ecolodge, the ecoadventure itineraries we offer are designed to showcase the biological diversity of the Amazon basin, while also raising awareness concerning the conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage.
We are proud of our commitment to the current and future wellbeing of the natural world, and we believe strongly in protecting the environment through the contribution that ecotourism makes to both the local and national economy of our homeland.