Responsible Tourism

Our responsible tourism and environmental policies form an integral part of Really Wild Challenges’ how we operate. Our overseas challenges visit some of the world’s most amazing places and we want to help preserve them as much as possible for future generations!

We are committed to ensuring that all our customers have a positive impact on the places they go and the people they meet.

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We believe that more than anything it is the people around you who really make an adventure special. That’s why we think we go further than any other company in helping the people who live in the countries we visit. To us, responsible tourism means treating all our partners fairly and ensuring they are properly remunerated for their hard work and commitment to each and every challenge.

  • In many of our destinations we have local Really Wild offices and permanent staff, making a year-round contribution to the local economy.
  • Our guides are paid significantly more than government regulations in all our destinations.
  • We do not use tips to top-up salaries, as we pay our staff a fair and generous wage. The distribution of tips is carefully monitored by us to ensure fairness and transparency.
  • We take pride in our staff and local partners, and the invaluable contributions they make to ensuring all our participants have the best possible experience. We run an annual reward scheme for the staff who have received positive feedback from trip participants.
  • We adhere to strict guidelines regarding weight restrictions on luggage carried by our porters and ensure that each porter is adequately equipped, clothed for each expedition.
  • All of our staff abroad (all our office staff, guides, cooks, porters, drivers) are local to the area, providing jobs and stability to the local economy.
  • Our Community Challenges are an innovative range of voluntourism trips that help local communities with practical projects such as renovating clinics or school classrooms. Participants not only offer hands-on help, but also gain a unique insight into local cultures and a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by local people in their daily lives.

 

Environment Values

As a responsible tour operator,  we have strong environment values and are passionate about our planet and we are committed to travel that does not place unnecessary strain on our planet’s precious resources. We encourage everyone taking part in our exciting challenge events to respect local ecosystems and ‘take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints’.

In the UK:

  1. All our branded stationary is carbon neutral, manufactured using wind power. Green seal and FSC certified it is acid free, environmentally friendly, recycled paper. We also ensure we recycle any waste paper in the UK office, in order to further reduce our carbon footprint.
  2. For travel in and around Edinburgh staff are encouraged to use public transport, and we are part of a national shared-car scheme for when public transport is not practical.
  3. We have made a commitment to offset all international flights made by staff and senior partners in 2012.

In our destinations:

  • A large part of protecting the protecting the environment for us is choosing alternatives paths. For example the Salkantay Trail in Peru is by far one of the quietest routes to Machu Picchu – the Inca Trail has over 500 people per day on it, so we are creating a more sustainable way to get to Machu Picchu, which makes for a better trekking experience as well!
  • Our guides and porters are always careful to leave as little trace as possible of our presence when we visit remote locations; we never leave any rubbish behind.
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  • We purify all drinking water during our treks, rather than relying on bottled water. This makes a huge difference to the local environment as bottles take tens of thousands of years to biodegrade.
  • We provide our customers with organic food for their adventures whenever possible. This is often bought from local producers. For example, all food for the Kilimanjaro climb is bought from Moshi central market. This reinvests money into the local economy and supports local farmers (particularly women) who grow their produce without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides.

Really Wild Challenges

The Citadel, 40 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JD Tel: 0131 553 1743
Email: info@reallywildchallenges.com

The Really Wild Travel Company

Registered in England & Wales.
Company no. 6709179. ATOL Bonded No. 10210.
Registered address: 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX