At ATLAS, we’re a group of responsible Latin American travel companies that put environmental conservation at the top of our values and initiatives. Although we work independently in each of our destinations, our values have always remained aligned regarding the urgency of reducing our negative impacts on the environment, adopting emergency climate action and safeguarding our biodiversity.
Nature conservation in Latin America is a pressing and vital endeavor, driven by the region's exceptional biodiversity and its importance on a global scale. With its rich tropical rainforests, pristine coastlines, and diverse ecosystems, Latin America holds an immense responsibility to protect and sustainably manage its natural resources.
We understand that supporting environmental conservation and regeneration is imperative to every destination and all tourism businesses. And we also believe that every initiative we adopt is part of a long-term commitment to sustainability that drives us to always evolve and do better.
Here are some of the initiatives and practices we’re supporting and adopting in our companies.
Thousands of new trees in the Lares Valley
Nature conservation has been a key part in Amazonas Explorers ethos for decades. While we are of course members of several organizations that prove that (B-Corps since 2007, Travelers Against Plastic, The Long Run, 1% For the Planet, to name a few), one nature conservation effort we are particularly proud of is our partnership with EcoAn which sees us planting thousands of trees each year in the Lares Valley. This festival has been named "Queuña Raymi", which means a tree planting festival in a native Peruvian language, Quechua. Read more about it here.
Supporting the conservation of the Pantanal
At Pure Brasil, we are passionate about nature and have always been dedicated to preserving it through sustainable tourism and by supporting initiatives that take care of its conservation. In the Pantanal, our trips help support incredible projects such as the Onçafari, which works with research, environmental education and preservation of the jaguar and the maned wolf, among other animals; the Arara Azul Institute, which preserves the hyacinth macaws, considered a vulnerable species by the IUCN Red List; the Jaguar Identification Project, a non-profit that uses citizen-science to build a cohesive database on individual jaguars in the northern Pantanal region; and the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, which works to preserve several hectares in the southern region of the Pantanal, in addition to promoting the Pantanal culture.
Making Guyana tours sustainable
Wilderness Explorers is committed to minimising its environmental impact by reducing the use of paper by 60% and ending single-use plastics on tours by 2024. To achieve this goal, we implemented a digital app that allows our guests to access all their tour information. Soon, guests will book and make payments electronically, eliminating the need for paper receipts. We provide reusable water bottles and cups and continue to phase out the use of single-use plastic straws, utensils, and bags. We are excited to work with our partners and guests to make our tours more sustainable.
Preserving Uruguay's beauty
At Lares, we are committed to sustainable tourism, aiming to preserve Uruguay's beauty, authenticity, and quality. We work with host communities and like-minded suppliers to minimize our carbon footprint and support environmental initiatives. Our goal is to showcase the best of Uruguay while preserving its landscape, wildlife, and cultural heritage. We use local guides, drivers and suppliers to support the local initiatives and we work with local NGOs that are committed to preserving the green turtles and whales like KARUMBE and the OCC. A lovely example is the small extension tour we offer to the natural reserves of Rocha!