Fair Trade Adventures

View over the stunning Teyuna, or Lost City in ColombiaSumak Travel & Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation team up to offer Fair Trade Adventures

Fair Trade Adventures are the result of an exciting and innovative partnership between ETOG memberSumak Travel, and Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation, organisations that both share a strong commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices. These small group tours, to unique destinations in Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica, will give travellers a rare opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans behind popular fair trade products such as coffee, chocolate and handicrafts, whilst also experiencing some of the countries’ most iconic sights and natural wonders.

Fair Trade Adventures have been designed to be small-scale and low impact, so that the farmers, artisans, indigenous peoples and others who act as hosts, can continue to enjoy their traditional way of life while earning a complementary income from tourism. Homestays, and opportunities to get hands-on with everything from fishing for their own lunch, to mixing Peru’s infamous Pisco Sours, and learning about organic and fair trade farming techniques, mean that travellers will have the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the local culture and to feel like the special guests of their host communities.

The maximum group size on all Fair Trade Adventures is 10 passengers. All tours include accommodation in homestays or locally-run boutique hotels, internal flights and ground transportation, English-speaking guides, and a range of fair trade and other activities and excursions, with 10% of the price going directly to support CPF’s work with smallholder farmers.  For more information about Fair Trade Adventures, download the brochure, visit the CPF website, or to book contact: fairtrade@sumak-travel.org.

About the author

Sumak Travel

Felipe Zalamea studied economics at La Sorbonne University in Paris, where he specialised in sustainability. He spent one year researching community-based eco-tourism initiatives and innovative social and environmental projects across South America. He saw how mass tourism threatens biodiversity, damages ecosystems and causes violations of the rights of local people, in particular workers and minorities. But he also met social entrepreneurs and local communities launching sustainable tourism initiatives, acting ethically and protecting the well-being of local populations and the environment. Felipe is the founder of Sumak Travel, or “good, sustainable travel”, a London-based tour operator / social enterprise, and Sustainable Pangea.

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