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Our Purpose

At Plan South America, we try to tread lightly.  Our greatest responsibilities as a travel company are to educate travellers and harness our industry’s power to positively impact the planet.

To that end, we are proud to have partnered with a selection of foundations which aim to protect vulnerable communities and ecosystems.  Working in cooperation with tourist boards, sustainability advisors and conservationists, we strive for net carbon positivity for every journey we design.

World Land Trust

By partnering with the World Land Trust we aim to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of our staff and each journey we create.  The emissions from every trip are calculated and the equivalent donated to the restoration of a carbon-rich wildlife habitat in Guatemala.  Plan South America then matches the amount in a step closer to carbon positivity.  We are mindful of our footprint from the moment the planning stage begins, and try to ensure all processes and operations reflect our commitment to the environment.

 “The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.” Sir David Attenborough

Amazon Frontlines

With a skilled team comprised of human rights lawyers, environmental health scientists, forestry specialists and anthropologists the mission of Amazon Frontlines is to help indigenous communities to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.  They work closely with Ceibo, an indigenous-led Ecuadorian non-profit organisation made up of voices from four different indigenous communities spread across the Peruvian and Colombian borders, and the first alliance of its kind in this region.

Children Change Colombia

By providing mentoring, psychological support and protection to the children of communities in Colombia’s most endangered regions, Children Change aims to secure the safety and wellbeing of those most at risk of being recruited into guerrilla or paramilitary groups, prostitution or illegal mining.

Travel with Purpose

We try to incorporate a social or ecological purpose into all of our trips.  Some clients choose to devote part or all of their time to a local initiative.  Whether building community infrastructure, delivering health and education supplies to rural areas, teaching English or helping with wildlife conservation, volunteers can positively impact the people and places they visit.  In the wake of COVID-19, there has never been a greater need to support these endeavours.

Contact a member of our team to learn about the range of conservation projects we are supporting across Latin America, and how you can get involved.