Every journey gives us the opportunity to get to know something new and often unfamiliar. Especially when traveling on distant continents, we encounter other cultures, interesting people and unknown, but often fascinating landscapes. Here it is important to keep the eyes and ears open in order to record the impressions. We can learn a lot of new things, which can be much more than just recording data, facts and numbers. This will expand our horizons.
Individuality and flexibility
We want to motivate you to independently explore the cities, villages or landscapes. You may have booked with us anyway, because you do not want to be looked after day and night. On some of our journeys, this aspect will be more evident than in others, which are more like a classic round trip. But also in these round trips, we attach importance to include an occasional free day. You also have the option of choosing certain aspects of your journey yourself. We want to avoid that you have to take part in program points you do not really care about.
Our philosophy is that you can get to know a country better if you not only rush from one attraction to the next. We want you to take some time to get a better impression of the life of the local people. Walk through the old town of Quito, look at the stately buildings and watch the passers-by going to their destinations. Stroll through pretty little Barichara and feel the quiet and leisurely rhythm of the village. Or stroll through the market of Otavalo and marvel at the colors.
The aim of sustainable tourism is to influence the nature of the country as little as possible and not to cause any damage. This is intended as an alternative to mass tourism. This is only possible if the travel groups are small. Then we can spend the night in smaller hotels or guesthouses, which integrate harmoniously into the environment. In contrast to large hotel complexes there is little or no interference with nature. In smaller hotels, mostly local food is used to feed the guests.
The culture and traditions of the local population deserve special attention. The indigenous groups of Ecuador and Colombia have much to offer. The markets of Otavalo or Guamote are a particularly impressive example. We get to know the culture of the indigenous people best in the villages, where traditions have survived. Of course there are also limits here. Some groups – such as the Kogi in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – do not want to be in contact with the outside world. We have to take these wishes into account.