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Chile Nativo’s Climate Action Plan

A year ago we were inspired by our colleagues at Amity Tours to declare a climate emergency in support of Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organizations and individuals in declaring a #ClimateEmergency and taking purposeful actions to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030. 

As part of our promise to deliver our first Climate Action Plan, we have thought and planned carefully over the past year on how we can realistically achieve important and necessary changes that can be implemented into our operations and programs. We continue to encourage all of our suppliers and partners, or anyone reading this climate action plan, to make the same declaration and to also encourage and share best practices throughout the tourism industry. 

Although we have not been able to implement all of these new strategies or changes into practice due to lack of operations and scheduled tours caused by the pandemic, we are grateful for the time which has allowed us to prepare and plan carefully for a responsible return to tourism and a better product offered by our company. 

Our Initiatives & Steps For Reducing Carbon Emissions

Operations & Excursions

One benefit of shutting down our headquarters in Puerto Natales due to the pandemic beginning in April 2020 – present (July 2021), is that we reduced our energy consumption by more than 1,200kg CO2/year by unplugging our big energy appliances and suspending daily use of office operations and equipment.

 

Re-evaluating our operations during the pandemic, we have committed to buy all products for our programs, office, and operations from the first Zero Waste market in Puerto Natales, Efecto Granel. Changing the structure of our buying habits allows us to reuse, reduce, redesign, and eliminate…significantly lowering our emissions and the amount of waste generated. This company is as an important pillar for the community of Puerto Natales serving as a collection point for various recycled materials such as batteries, tetrapaks, among other materials and items which are not typically accepted by normal recycling centers or programs in the community. Many of these items are converted into eco-ladrillos (eco blocks) or donated to respected partners who use items for various purposes or projects.

 

Developing more programs that integrate regenerative & rewilding practices into tourism opportunities such as our 14 Day Patagonia Collection Program which is a collaborated program with sustainable partners such as Amity Tours – a Zero Waste tour company – and Chile Legacy Foundation through BirdsChile – a Certified B Corporation travel company in Chile. 

 

Looking ahead to when we resume our tours and begin receiving our wonderful clients again, we have launched a digital app, Vamoos, which allows future travelers to access their travel itineraries and reservation vouchers, and view interactive maps & digital documents, eliminating the need for paper. This app also allows us to introduce social distancing measures with respect to post-covid travel, allowing guests to use QR codes, receive notifications and real-time communications. In the future, this application will also offer clients the possibility of calculating their carbon emissions, which they can later donate to authorized organizations dedicated to offsetting these emissions.

Waste & Recycling 

We will continue to accumulate all our organic residues which are then delivered to Ciclos Patagonia, a local company who encourages and promotes a circular economy working with vermicomposting. Once the compost is collected and converted into humus, an incredible high-quality compost, it is then returned to the earth through agriculture.

 

We will participate in our community’s monthly recycling campaign recycling all our PET 1, HDPE 2, PP 5, PS 6, plastic bottle tops, HP toners, alkaline batteries, accepted paper products, and aluminum cans.

 

We have installed a cigarette butt collection box outside of our office for depositing cigarette butts which are then collected periodically by Imeko who then transforms them into a new recyclable raw material for the industry.

Partnerships & Education

We will continue to conserve & adapt ecosystems by donating USD$ 15 for each of our guests to the Torres del Paine Legacy Foundation who work in Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities through conservation projects within the park and community development initiatives.

 

We will also continue our cooperation agreement between the Municipality of Torres del Paine, in which we promise to present educational support projects to two rural schools within the commune – Escuela Rural Cerro Guido & Escuela Rural Ramón Montaner. These projects take place in the form of environmental education and youth outings to Torres del Paine National Park – the most important tourist destination of the region where both rural schools are located. The idea is to teach the students the significance of their natural environment and its relation to local tourism and the future of sustainable practices, as well as the importance of learning English which can provide a path for future career opportunities and both personal & socioeconomic development. 

 

As an official supplier of Route of the Parks of Patagonia, a greenspace for Chile and the world, wae will continue to promote programs that highlight travel and tourism throughout the 17 national parks that are along this scenic route and other suppliers who operate in these communities and areas. After the Amazon Basin, the Route of the Parks of Patagonia has one of the highest rates of carbon storage in South America protecting 28 million acres, and is also an economic impulse for more than 60 surrounding communities who benefit from conservation. 

 

In addition, we have become a member of an organization called Tomorrow’s Air, a climate alliance program between ecotourism agencies and large-scale climate engineering programs. Our alliance as a champion supporter extracts 600kg of carbon from the atmosphere each year through a Swiss company called Climeworks who uses #DirectAirCaptureTechnology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 

Selected as one of the ‘Top 5 Chileans Creating Future in Sports & Tourism’, a national campaign designed to highlight leaders of various sectors who are creating a better global future for Chile with local talent, we are searching for an opportunity to support Haru Oni, the first green hydrogen-based e-Fuel project in Chile and our Region of Magallanes.

 

Once we are back in business, operating under normal season standards – we will work with a local environmental conservation organization, Fundación Lenga, which promotes a conscious, zero-waste tourism. As consultants, they will help us further evaluate our overall operations in order to become a Zero Waste company and implement educational practices for our clients.

 

Continue advocating for Tourism Declares and Turismo Declara for Latin America through social media and presentations such as the WeTravel Online Conversatory.

Team & Work Dynamics

We will continue offering a home office work structure and virtual meetings for employees to limit and reduce transportation and travel emissions. 

 

For full-time contracted employees living and working in Puerto Natales we will allow benefit use of available company bicycles for transportation needs to eliminate travel emissions produced by fossil fuel transportation methods. 

 

We encourage all staff members to participate in local recycling programs within their local community and  will help share best practices and recycling education.

These are merely the beginning stages along our path to becoming a more sustainable, zero waste, and future carbon neutral company. We continue to educate ourselves and others through collective efforts and partnerships and are grateful for this powerful force within the tourism industry that is committed to a responsible return to travel through lowering carbon emissions.

We are committed to serving our promise and will continue to move forward, implementing appropriate changes that promote sustainable & best practices – those which offer a better product to our clients through climate conscious operation standards.

  • Reviews

    Chile Nativo Travel
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    Sashi Perera
    Sashi Perera
    2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
    The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
    Katie Kow
    Katie Kow
    2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
    Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
    Fionna Tod
    Fionna Tod
    2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
    Chile Nativo organised our self-guided 4 day trek in Torres del Paine and it was amazing. They arranged all the... transport, food and accommodation so all we needed to do was enjoy the hiking- which we certainly did! I would definitely use them again for similar adventures in the future.read more
    Fernanda Lela
    Fernanda Lela
    2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
    Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
    Mary Schmitz
    Mary Schmitz
    2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
    I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
    Edric Subur
    Edric Subur
    2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
    I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
    Peter Noorani
    Peter Noorani
    2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
    Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
    Eline Lonchay
    Eline Lonchay
    2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
    I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
    Nerile Rimiene
    Nerile Rimiene
    2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
    We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
    Joe Williams
    Joe Williams
    2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
    Excellent trip to Torres Del Paine. Chile Nativo handled everything from front to back. Including bus rides to and from... airport and everything in between.read more
    Carter Sample
    Carter Sample
    2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
    My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
    Donna Murr
    Donna Murr
    2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
    Our two fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guides (with very good English) helped to make our W hike an unforgettable... experience.read more
    Serena Clardie
    Serena Clardie
    2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
    I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
    We had a once in a lifetime experience with Chile Nativo and Felipe which we will never forget. We enjoyed the 5D/4N... Torres del Paine Winter Multisport Adventure in early September. It was fantastic to be there in the “fringe” season, the weather was beautiful and we felt like we had the place to ourselves! We were very fortunate to have Felipe all to ourselves as well, giving us flexibility around our capabilities and the weather. Felipe was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the fauna, flora and even the geology (which impressed me as I’m a geologist!!). Felipe’s English is perfect, his cooking was delicious, and we felt very much at home during our trip. Our kayaking was cancelled due to very extreme weather, and Felipe not only found an alternative for the day for us, but also arranged for a generous refund.There was an issue with our international bank payment (through no fault of Chile Nativo’s) and the entire team continued to communicate with us and chase the payment at their end for weeks. We really appreciated this!Cannot recommend Chile Nativo, Felipe and Torres del Paine enough!read more
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
    Beatriz Ahumada
    Beatriz Ahumada
    2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
    Extraordinario..... excelente calidad y profesionalismo de los guías y todos los que colaboran en el campamento... .....y además que el paisaje de las torres del Paine es maravilloso.. pero la gente de chile nativo hacen que uno lo disfrute y viva al máximo.... gracias por todo...read more
    Edgardo Songer
    Edgardo Songer
    2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
    Fue un viaje que superó las espectativas la calidad de el staff la calidad de los equipos todo perfecto
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
    Excelente grupo Profesional, Guías con conocimientos, puntuales en los Tours. Variedad de alternativas para recorrer... la Patagonia. Los Campamentos con Domos son muy cómodos y las comidas están muy bien equilibradas. Se ve que conocen muy bien el lugar y su clima y que les gusta lo que hacen. Recomendable 100%read more
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
    Excelente logistica, guias con conocimientos en todas las areas(de lo q preguntabas tenuas una respuesta ), campamento... base, un lujo los domos en rio serrano; comidas, transporte y excursiones a otro nivel, mas que recomendableread more
    Darko Beovic P.
    Darko Beovic P.
    2018-04-04T19:36:42+0000
    Ambreen Shah
    Ambreen Shah
    2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
    Amazing experience . Loved our guides Hym and Palin . They are very hard working and want us to have best experience
    Kim Tonka
    Kim Tonka
    2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
    Cyril Keiffer
    Cyril Keiffer
    2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
    Charlie and I had the most wonderful experience working with Isadora at Chile Nativo to plan our Patagonia trip. She... was a great communicator and organized everything for us based upon a great dialog between us with her. Our guide, Felipe Zuniga could not have been more wonderful. He was flexible and brought an amazing knowledge and experience to our trip that could not be equaled. Our memories of our honeymoon in Patagonia will always bring a smile and great memories! Hopefully we get the opportunity to return!read more
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    2017-07-17T02:08:36+0000
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    2017-07-17T00:09:25+0000
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    2017-05-21T00:47:17+0000
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    2017-05-20T18:29:22+0000
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    2017-05-20T15:32:30+0000
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    2017-03-22T14:01:33+0000
    Fernando Hidalgo
    Fernando Hidalgo
    2017-03-22T13:19:10+0000
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    Pablo Rivera A
    2016-10-28T17:17:18+0000
    Conocer y experimentar la Naturaleza en todo su esplendor con un equipo profesional, con conocimientos que enriquecen... la experiencia y la transforman en una vivencia inolvidable!read more
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    2015-08-29T11:17:55+0000
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