ZAIA Travel

ZAIA is a tour operator in Colombia which specializes in experiences that bring people closer to nature, history, and culture. ZAIA Team is passionate, lovers of nature, and know the country better than anyone. Their experiences take you trekking through the mountains, to coffee farms, and to towns that represent Colombian heritage.

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Style

Cultural Immersion and Connect with Nature

Price

Mid-range

Location

Mountains and City/Urban

Connect with ZAIA Travel

Locally Owned Business
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Speaks: Spanish and English

Why Lokal Recommends ZAIA Travel

Background

Business started in 2011| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

Community Connection

ZAIA has a partnership and works with a non-profit local peasant association called Agrosolidaria, to promote the Oak Route Internationally, contributing directly with the conservation and protection of 2.000 hectares of Andean and Sub-Andean Forests, that are part of private peasants natural reserves in the limits of the Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna Guanentá - Alto Río Fonce, part of the Colombian National Park Network.

Environmental Engagement

ZAIA has a reforestation project since 2014 when our travellers contributes to plant one tree per person per day plus we invest 1% of our profit yearly to this cause. Besides reducing the carbon footprint of our trips, we're contributing to regenerate degraded soil, to create new habitats for fauna species and to support local communities by the generation of legal employments. In average, each person generates 0,86 tons of CO2 in a 8-day overland trip (flights not included). Therefore, most of the trips of our travellers are carbon neutral.
To June 30th – 2017, our clients and us have contributed to the plantation of 4202 trees which will absorb 1050 tons of carbon dioxide in 10 years.
Note: if the itinerary includes domestic flights we plant 2 additional trees per person.

Culture

ZAIA supports many Community Based Tourism experiences around Colombia that help local communities preserve cultural traditions.

For example, during "the oak route" itinerary, travellers visit Corpolienzo, a fabric and museum that preserve and promote an ancestral tradition involving natural cotton and dyes.

Another example is the Guajira tour; visiting Wayuu indigenous group at Rancherias (their houses). Travellers will learn about the medicinal uses of wayuu plants, a little bit about their language, their gastronomy, landscapes and way of living as well as witness a ethnic dance that indigenues give the travellers who gets their face painted with the tribe’s markings.

Verifications

Sustainable Tourism Award/Certification and Full Application Review

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