As you already know, Phima Voyages is a travel agency committed to responsible and rural tourism. Currently we are working on the Travelife Certification for Travel Agencies. A common point in responsible tourism is carbon emissions for long-haul flights. So, to reduce the carbon footprint of our customers, we decided to support reforestation in our region and plant trees.
With each reservation, you support reforestation at ACP Milpuj. You adopt a tree in your name!
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But nothing we liked – too impersonal, too expensive, too far from our field of action which is Peru and especially, the north of Peru!
So we decided to do it our own way – and to partner with our friend Perico from Milpuj’s Private Conservation Area (ACP), in the Amazonas region to help reforest the area of its nature reserve.
Perico and his mother Lola have been involved for years in the conservation of fauna and flora. We can say that they are among the forerunners of responsible tourism in the region! For this, they had declared their property as a Private Conservation Area.
Since then they have built very nice guest rooms, in harmony with nature, they produce honey from tara (a native tree of the region, the family of acacias), have their own vegetable garden and raise organic hens.
Reforestation of their 70-hectare property is a big responsibility for them. And reforestation is expensive!
In short, reforesting of course means replanting trees, where they have been torn or burned. Until here, it’s simple 🙂
But planting a tree is not that easy ! Be aware that a tree is more likely to survive if it is already a more robust tree, so an older one. But of course, these trees are more expensive than small shoots.
The idea came up to support the reforestation of ACP Milpuj instead of carbon offsetting programs that did not seem very appropriate to our size and vision.
From now on and for every booking for 2020 and beyond, we will plant a tree at Perico and Lola. By supporting them, we can see progress every year and we work with trusted people.
With your booking you automatically adopt a tree in the region Amazonas!
For each reservation confirmed, we will plant a tree at Perico, more precisely: If you are 2 travelers, we will plant 2 trees. If you are a family of 4, we will plant 4 trees!
Once your reservation is confirmed, Perico will prepare an adoption certificate in your name, as well as a stone plaque with your name next to “your” tree. Once the tree is planted, you will receive the photo by email. (For information, the best season to plant is between October and March, during the rainy season.)
If you’re traveling to the Amazonas region, you can even take the time to plant your tree yourself and have your souvenir photos!
We just think that this way we can counteract the carbon emissions of our travelers and keep the human aspect that is very dear to us.
Perico estimates that the cost for a tree is around 50 soles. This includes
Let’s recap: You book a trip with Phima Voyages, and we automatically plant a tree in your name at ACP Milpuj.
But – you can also decide to adopt a tree at Perico, without traveling with us!
Do you prefer to engage in the protection of endemic animals in the area instead of reforestation? This is absolutely possible!
For more than three years now, Perico has been watching wild fauna on his property with a dozen hidden cameras (thanks to donations from nature-loving friends). Among other things, he was able to observe the existence of the leopard Colo Colo, a species little studied until now and seriously threatened with extinction.
Regularly Colo Colo is jostled by cars during the dry season when it comes out of the Nature Reserve to go to the river to drink. A local resident recently brought one of these dead Colo Colo leopards to Perico. He is doing stuffing to expose it later in his future interpretation center and raise awareness of the population.
To protect the leopards, Perico wants to build water bodies in strategic places. So he could prevent Colo Colos cross the road. The water will be used to give not only water to the animals, but also to the surrounding plants.
The program plans to install a water tank (which would fill with rainwater). Through pipes the water reaches a kind of well where animals can drink.
If you want to participate in this initiative as part of your booking (rather than reforestation), of course, Perico will also give you a certificate for your contribution.
While waiting to accumulate the economic resources necessary to start the work, Perico will make keychains in the form of a small leopard plush to sell them.
ACP Milpuj – visit at Perico and Lola’s house
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