The Smart Voyager program was initiated by the Ecuadorian citizen’s group, Conservación y Desarrollo in collaboration with their partner, Rainforest Alliance, to credit operations (mainly hotels and Galapagos tour boats) that meet a set of strict conservation standards. These standards expand the scope of what it means to truly be sustainable. Naturally, they include conservation efforts in things like waste management. But they also take into account a company’s policies on developing the local community, enhancing worker’s conditions, and maintaining high safety standards.
This being Latin Trails’ first boat to make the cut, the company sees this award as a great achievement, but certainly not the end of their commitment to environmental responsibility.
Many would say this is the final step in achieving an eco friendly operation. For Latin Trails and Galapagos Journey Fleet it is certainly not the beginning and for sure not the end. It has been a long process of continuous improvement in our environmental practices. – Latin Trails
For travelers, the Smart Voyager seal is a guarantee that your hard-earned dollar will benefit the local people and help protect local ecosystems. And in the Galapagos, where the impacts of tourism on such a fragile environment need to be in check, supporting Smart Voyager boats ensures the same Galapagos experience for the next generation of explorers.
Kudos Latin Trails!