The privilege of our location comes with the great responsibility of acting as custodians of the land we have been entrusted with, and as such, there is much to be done.
We have developed a strict environmental policy which ensures that we reach certain standards and continuously raise the bar of sustainable management throughout our operation.
Our policy consists of three main pillars:
1. Commitment to the environment
2. Support and involvement with local communities
Our sustainability plan isn’t just an effort, it’s a corporate commitment. We understand the fragility of the territories to which we introduce our travelers, and believe in preserving them for future generations.
explora performs a conscientious treatment of the wastes it generates, by separating, compacting and stockpiling the various kinds of materials for their later donation to local initiatives such as permaculture. In the case of Rapa Nui, explora works hand in hand with the Oritos Recycling Plant, following a highly-demanding waste-handling plan.
At our hotels in Atacama and Rapa Nui we handle organic waste through a compost process, committing explora staff in the generation of compost and humus to be used in our organic orchards. A strategy is being developed for 2014 in order to incorporate this initiative to Patagonia, and use the compost generated to contribute to the process of restoring the Forests of Torres del Paine.
From the moment they were conceived, our hotels were designed to maximize the use of natural light which, added to a low-consumption lighting system enables us to optimize the use of electric power in our operation.
Hydration is very necessary when exploring. explora is committed to supplying its travelers with water from the area (rivers, lakes, moisture) through a rigorous water purification system. Additionally, each hotel has a water treatment plant for its later use in the operation.
Leave no trace
Our guides are trained to lead explorations that have no impact at all on the surrounding environment in which we have our operations, always respecting the frailty of the eco-system to which we introduce our travelers.
As of 2014, explora, along with Fundación AMA Torres del Paine and the Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), has committed to an active participation in the reforestation of Torres del Paine Park. Through an agreement generated by the 3 parties, explora will purchase Lenga trees to plant in a sector of the Park adjoining the hotel, turning travelers into active participants both in terms of contributions for the Restoration of the Forest and of milestones of voluntary reforestation along with the team from AMA Torres del Paine.
We work with local communities in order to build a better future together.
Jurique Rehabilitation Center
Jurique is a children’s [physical] rehabilitation center. For years, the children attending the center have visited the hot-springs at Termas de Puritama to use their hot-springs’ water. In November of 2013 a program was first jointly generated with Fundación Andes Mágico in which children from the Jurique Center were lodged at explora, taking part in the experience along with our travelers, participating in the deep exploration with the help and commitment from Andes Mágico. The experience was so successful that the program will continue in years to come.
Internado Andino (Andean Boarding School)
After having formed an alliance with the Atacameño People’s Council [Consejo de Pueblos Atacameños], explora annually contributes with different enhancements to the boarding school located in Calama, attended by nearly 50 children from the area.
Liceo Likan Antai (Likan Antai High School)
Liceo Likan Antai is located 5 minutes from explora Atacama. This public school offers upper studies in Tourism in which explora has been active in promoting Atacameño youngsters getting a thorough knowledge of the explora experience, with them carrying out their traineeships at our hotel and taking part in the exploration outings our travelers do. With this, explora wishes to become an influence for the community of youngsters in the area, so that in a future they may take over sustainable tourism in Atacama.
Commitment to the community of Cerro Castillo
explora Patagonia is set in one of the most faraway spots in Southern Chile, Torres del Paine National Park. The nearest village is Cerro Castillo. We have of lately begun working hand in hand with mayor Ms. Anahí Cárdenas, in order to carry out initiatives that seek the communitarian development of this village, making contributions and doing activities with the boarding school, the hostel and the clinic.
Commitment to the gaucho community
Gauchos populate the South American pampa with their century-old culture featured mainly for their horseback riding skills, tannery work and cattle-herding through the plains. From its very beginning, some 20+ years ago, explora has focused on making gauchos a part of their Patagonia programs, incorporating them from the start in the business, helping perpetuate and maintain this relevant cultural figure of the area.
Support to the Tapati
The Tapati is a traditional celebration that takes place in Rapa Nui in which activities and competitions recreate the ancestral sports of the island. Year after year, explora has made a financial and logistics support contribution to the organization of this activity, one of the most relevant milestones of the island.
Terevaka Outreach Program
Brett Shepardson is a renowned archeologist that has spent over 10 years working in archeological research projects of no environmental impact in Rapa Nui. After years of research, he generated an alliance with schools in the island to carry out a 2-week workshop with volunteers from among the local youth, called “The Terevaka Archeological Outreach” (TAO). In 2013, explora reached an alliance with Brett Shepardson which enabled him to do this workshop along with explora staff, setting up a camp site at the hotel where nearly 15 young students from the island were able to participate during 2 weeks in the TAO and live the explora experience. Among their research, they gathered important information on the petro-glyphs that surround the hotel premises and they managed to geo-reference many valuable archeological spots through GPS technology. The workshop shall again take place in 2014.
Aside from its active role in caring for and preserving the environment, explora also works as a platform to facilitate knowledge-generating instances.
In this line, explora uses its facilities not only to share the experience with its travelers, but also makes them available to the academic community, opening up its doors for the organization of seminars and presentations.
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