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A SAFE HAVEN IN THE STREETS OF MEXICO

Geared towards children and adolescents living in the streets of Mexico City, the Renacimiento – Renaissance foundation has paved the way for social and family rehabilitation since 1997.

Located in the historical center of Mexico, the beneficiaries come voluntarily and could, in the same way, stay in the foundation or leave whenever they wish. Personal contact is fostered generally around social roundups organized by the volunteers throughout the year but also through open access athletic and cultural events which have been a great success.

The primary mission is to help separated children reinte- grate into society, and care is provided in several steps. They could benefit, depending on the case, from housing or hou- sing search assistance, as well as a physical and psychologi- cal medical follow-up. Also, for some of them it could be necessary to assist them with the weaning process.

Renacimiento provides beneficiaries to access or reconnect with the educational system. Also, through certain workshops, they can learn trades that will help them afterwards to inte- grate effectively into society. The panel of specialties provided

has expanded throughout the years, and today many degree- training programs have been offered in the bakery, carpentry, jewelry, or restaurant industries notably.

QUIMBAYA TOURS MEXICO has been a partner of the foundation for many years.

We have contributed to the perpetuation of the structure through various efforts which have provided housing, food, clothing, and school supplies for the young people on track to getting support.

A word from Ivonne Mireless, Country Manager
QUIMBAYA TOURS MEXICO:

It is very satisfying for us to be able to collaborate on sustainable projects. We have also taken environ- mental action in plantation work and harvesting in urban gardens in order to raise awareness among the broadest possible public to ecology, notably through the preservation of natural species in our megalopolis.

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IN CHILE THE FOREST IS RECLAIMING ITS RIGHTS

Chile, privileged for its landscapes and unhabitual geography, possesses a large number of national parks and reserves which are a part of the UNESCO program “Man and their biosphere,” whose objective is to preserve its natural and cultural heritage.

As we all know, it’s through reforestation that we can prevent fires in our forests and that is why the Fundación Reforestemos has been created.

The initiative took shape in 2012 following a gigantic criminal fire that had ravaged more than twelve thousand hectares in the natural park of Torres del Paine.

The foundation has been seeking ways to give back value to all the ecosystems of the Chilean territory, as much through technical changes used for the maintenance of the forests, as cultural changes in terms of the behavior of citizens who live around the forests, but also the visitors. Chile has dozens of natural sanctuaries that must be protected. Today more than 520,000 trees have been replanted in the 8 selected sites.

Aware of the enormous responsibility which falls upon us in each of the destinations regarding the protection of our ecosystem, QUIMBAYA TOURS CHILE has made the decision to support the Fundación Reforestemos.

We participate actively in the project by buying the plantation of a tree online. For each sponsored planting of a tree, the association sends us the Reforestation Certificate, which will be sent to the passenger who has contributed to the project upon their arrival in Chile, through the geolocalization of the tree.

A word from Paulina Paredes, Country Manager QUIMBAYA TOURS CHILE:

It’s through the small actions we do which seem unimportant that we can take part in protecting the environment. We want to show the short-term po- sitive impact of the reforestation of ecosystems, and in so doing we have invested in the future of our country, and more globally in that of the continent since all of our heritage is dependent upon it.

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BRAZIL: TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT THE LARGEST URBAIN FOREST IN THE WORLD

It’s in the heart of the National Park of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, that QUIMBAYA TOURS BRAZIL has entered a partnership with the Chico Mendes Institute which is working to preserve biodiversity (ICMBio).

Different initiatives are being organized through weekly meetings to preserve this exceptional place, which is home to, among others, the famous Christ the Redeemer. volunteers could contribute to the plantation of young tree shoots, to redevelopment, or signposting of pedestrian trails.

From now on, we have included the discovery of this zone in our programs, in addition to the indispensable visits of the panoramic viewpoints of the city—an activity that has contributed to environmental preservation and therefore, allows for an original and unique experience.

During the discovery of one of the four areas which comprise Tijuca, our visitors enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming under waterfalls in the heart of the tropical forest, as well as the discovery of hundreds of protected species which comprise such a unique fauna and flora.

The activities are carried out according to group composition, but above all according to the needs and availability of the Chico Mendes Institute. During these activities, our passengers share their discoveries with students and researchers who work to protect this preserved zone of the Brazilian megalopolis.

A word from Sylvain Barbarulo, Country Manager
QUIMBAYA TOURS BRAZIL:

Brazil is above all a natural country. During this difficult year, our country needs help from everyone. When we see the fires in the Amazon, we can think that planting a tree isn’t much, but today, even the smallest amount of help is welcome. We can all help!

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HELP FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION, BAMBI HOMES COLOMBIA

The Bambi Foundation became a model of cooperation on the national territory between the private sector, local authorities, the State and the international community in supporting families and children in a vulnerable situation in Colombia.

A word from Herminia Castillo, Country Manager QUIMBAYA TOURS COLOMBIA:

When our passengers arrive in Colombia, they receive the bracelets made by the mothers who benefit from the PROMEFA program. They are happy to learn that they are thus participating to the improvement of the children disfavored living conditions and we are happy to contribute this way to the notoriety of the Bambi Foundation.

The Bambi Foundation’s Homes take in children from 0 to 5 years of age for stays ranging from 6 to 18 months. At the same time, the Foundation is working with families through the PROMEFA program.

This program allows parents to improve the family’s living conditions by learning a profession, finding a job, and for some, creating their own production unit.

Since 2016, QUIMBAYA TOURS COLOMBIA has been supporting the Bambi Foundation in 4 regions of the country.

This program enables nearly 400 families per year to improve their living conditions. To support the Bambi Foundation and the PROMEFA program, we buy the handicrafts made by mothers and offer them to our passengers.

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IMMERSION IN THE BAYANO LAKE COMMUNITY IN PANAMA

It’s at least two hours from Panama City that we can find the Lake BAYANO, a reservoir built in 1976 during the creation of the dam of the river of the same name.

The community of Bayaneros lives along the riverbanks, comprised of diverse populations who are all open to improve their living conditions while respecting nature and each other’s traditions.

In an exclusive partnership with the community, QUIMBAYA TOURS PANAMA has begun to help agrotourism be discovered, in addition to the activities which punctuate the lives of the inhabitants of this preserved location.

On the agenda: artisanal fishing, banana plantation visits and corn (depending on the season), cow milking, the preparation of traditional dishes and tasting of Panamanian rum.

Our passengers participate in traditional fishing assisted by locals. Fish are oriented with a vara towards the nets previously placed in the lake. If the outcome of the fishing is sufficient, they can eat their catch for lunch!

In the cooperative, the small breeding center also acts to care for animals and the production of artisanal milk products, including one kind of cheese which is much appreciated in the country that is tasted by our passengers after learning to make it and after having participated of course in the cow milking.

To conclude our day, we offer a visit to a family-run banana plantation and, depending on the season, maybe also the privilege to participate with the farmers in the harvesting of the most emblematic fruit of Panama.

A word from Alexis Barrois, Country Manager
QUIMBAYA TOURS PANAMA:

In Panama more than 10% of the population is indigenous, 7 different tribes represent one com- munity of around 500,000 people, the preser- vation of the territory and indigenous cultures is a priority and we are proud to participate in this endeavor.

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ECUADOR: SEARCHING FOR GOLD IN IMBABURA

In addition to its geological richness, as a matter of fact, the region is home to one of the largest gold, silver, and copper reserves in the world. This territory possesses natural and ethnocultural riches that attract thousands of visitors each year, hence UNESCO has labeled this province as a Global Geopark.

Living at 2,450 meters of altitude, surrounded by Andean lagoons, in the valley of the volcano Imbabura and between the towns of Cotacachi and Otavalo, the community of La Calera currently includes around 250 families, who all principally devote themselves to agriculture and the production of artisanal objects.

The inhabitants of the region, who observe a mix of Catholicism and indigenous ancestral beliefs have tried to promote community tourism linked to experience, and consequently, many families have been welcoming people looking for a new kind of stay into their homes.

The visitor is submerged into the heart of customs and thousand-year-old rituals in each family and around rituals such as la Pachamanka, “universe casserole.” This cuisine, which is baked in the Earth, is a tradition that has been preserved thanks to the indigenous people of La Calera.

We have shared the experience of the local farmers, the preparation of yokes and plowing of the land with bulls in the fields. Those who have the opportunity to travel during the month of September enjoy the festivities of Tarpuy Raymi, the plantation festival; and in December, Kapak Raymi, a homage to the sun.

Late at night, in the community house, people talk about Cosmogony and practice games from ancient times. A vision of a magical and mysterious world and an unforgettable experience is shared while listening to the sounds of local music and observing traditional dances.

As part of an exclusive agreement, QUIMBAYA TOURS ECUADOR has initiated and developed

many touristic community programs that are managed 100% by the community of Caléra and have done so for many years. One of the leading objectives is to encourage interactions and bring awareness to participants who are involved with the aim of solidarity, sharing, and sustainable development. The coexistence with the members of the community allows exchange and to discover the culture, traditions, and other ways of thinking.

A word from Leonardo Castillo, Country
Manager QUIMBAYA TOURS ECUADOR:

QUIMBAYA TOURS ECUADOR has carried out the program “sponsor a tree” as part of its natural preservation awareness program. Each traveler is accompanied by a child of the community who will plant a seed, which will be taken care of and will become the responsibility of his partner. This is an activity centered around the protection of the envi- ronment, around la Pachamama – Mother Earth.

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COSTA RICA: A FORERUNNER IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Although it’s one of the smallest countries in Central America, Costa Rica sets itself apart not only for the natural beauty of its territory but especially for its environmental policies in line with the needs of the whole population.

Forerunner and international model in the fight against global warming, the country has set up measures promoting reforestation, protecting its rich biodiversity and going so far as to include in its constitution the right of the citizens to live in a healthy and ecologically balanced country.

Costa Rica is today one of the rare countries to produce 98,7% of its electricity from renewable resources.

In terms of tourism, Costa Rica has also been one of the first countries to talk about sustainable tourism and create a certification label for sustainable tourism. QUIMBAYA TOURS COSTA RICA actively participates in Caño Negro National wildlife refuge projects. Our passengers can observe more than 300 types of different birds, plants, and native animals of exceptional diversity in this natural reserve.

It’s an unforgettable experience, in perfect harmony with nature and within the framework of the preservation of the protected wild areas, considered one of a kind in the world.

A word from Tristan Martin, Country Manager QUIMBAYA TOURS COSTA RICA:

The experience of this small country on a national scale, must be a source of inspiration and commitment for the rest of the world.
At QUIMBAYA LATIN AMERICA, according to this same principle, we exchange and incorporate the initiatives which achieve results in all of our offices but also with our partners in Latin America.

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ASSOCIATION « SEMBRANDO ESPERANZA » OF LAMAY IN PERU, A HOPE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Located at 2941 meters above sea level, Lamay is one of the eight districts of the Cala province in the department of Cusco and with only one road between Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.

In this often-forgotten region of Cusco, the inhabitants do not receive economic benefits from tourism, the rates of child malnutrition and school dropout condemned the younger generations to an uncertain future without the possibility of being able to insert the growing demand for qualified staff.

It is because of this situation that in 1987 the religion created the Association called « Sembrando Esperanza » (Sowing Hope) and the Santa Rosa Center. The Santa Rosa Center was originally intended for only girls and served as a boarding school but today it welcomes all children from rural communities who attend the San Luis Gonzaga school. Today Centro Santa Rosa offers Children a balanced diet, a space for academic and vocational training, guidance and as well as various creative workshops such as music, pottery, dance, weaving, and horticulture.

Being aware of this problem, QUIMBAYA TOURS PERU has been for several years collaborating with Association « Sembrando Esperanza »

 

Every year we help Centro Santa Rosa school with material for everyday use for the children which is indispensable.

We have also contributed to the creation of a modern bakery, where children benefit from the program by receiving supervised training by professionals.

TheSantaRosaCenterandtheAssociation«Sembrando Esperanza » (Sowing Hope) raises awareness of the importance of good nutrition, hygiene, and respect for nature. They are preparing them to become leaders in their community because, in the long run, they will be the protagonists of social change in their region.

A message from Luz Lozano,
Country Manager QUIMBAYA TOURS PERU:

Thanks to the experience gained and the success of this project to support the children of the Santa Rosa Center, we are now working with this Association in another project to support the elderly in a situation of abandon- ment in the mountainous areas. We hope to start soon, we will keep you up to date.

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THE PRESERVATION OF ALTIPLANO IN BOLIVIA

Since 2018, QUIMBAYA TOURS BOLIVIA has participated in a project of identifying and improving touristic zones with J.I.C.A. (Japan International Cooperation Agency), whose objective is to prevent negative environmental impacts in highly touristic zones.

In January 2019, we carried out our first mission in Lloco Lloco, one of the most visited viewpoints on the road leading to Tiwanaku and Desaguadero. We went to meet the local authorities to monitor this zone and thus prevent travelers, when they arrive to discover and photograph the Andes, from experiencing the unpleasant surprise of finding the litter left behind by previous visitors in this magnificent place.

We proceed in this way collecting plastic bottles with the travelers who come to this viewpoint before participating in the traditional ceremonies of giving thanks to the mountains of la Cordillères.

Appearing in this photo: our guides and the supervisor of the population of Tambillo.

Since our visit, the viewpoint has been cleaner, and the authorities have continued their work.

In June of this year, J.I.C.A. invited us to participate in an expedition in South Lipez to identify the zones that have been

the most affected by pollution in this heavily touristic region.

We proceed on this route with the motto of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).

At the border between Chili and Bolivia, at the locality of Hito Cajon, we collected numerous plastic objects such as bottles, tableware, and plates left behind by certain tour operators who use this spot to change transportation and rest, but who also leave their trash here.

One week later, Mariko Watanabe, the representative of J.I.C.A. in Bolivia gave an awareness conference to our guides in the offices of QUIMBAYA TOURS BOLIVIA, entitled “The Essentials of Sanitation and Solid Waste in Touristic Development.”

This conference was then given at the Catholic University of La Paz to students in tourism still with the aim of training and raising awareness about the environment.

A word from Wendy Romay, Country Manager
QUIMBAYA TOURS BOLIVIA:

As a company, we have a commitment and that is why QUIMBAYA TOURS BOLIVIA gives great importance to selecting suppliers in this zone, by demanding that no material of single usage be used during our services.