by PROJECT CORDILLERA
a social enterprise
Our purpose is to transform adventure travel and contribute to meaningful, positive tourism by building connections between adventurers and the places they go. By integrating this connection with sustainable development, we aim to shift the charity and international development paradigm by celebrating the people and places of mountain destinations.
We find, promote and support the best local guides and services. We connect travelers with exceptional outfits, expeditions and opportunities on the ground. We know the destinations we promote and encourage integrated travel opportunities that support local economies. We also work with inspiring community-based initiatives protecting local communities, cultures and the environment.
Expeditions support the destinations where you travel. By employing a holistic approach of social, environmental, and economic sustainable development, your travel helps to support incredible communities and their way of life. To ensure your money provides genuinely effective and positive change, we conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our development efforts.
We apply a number of theories and processes to the way in which our expeditions support communities. We are led by the SEE Tourism approach, meaning we are focused on the social, environmental and economic impacts that travel creates. Within these areas, we focus on education for development, protecting mountain ecosystems and promoting local knowledge, skills and expertise.
We also apply a Theory of Change methodology delivering a roadmap to the short, medium and long term needs and wants of our community partners. This helps realize tangible transformation. Most importantly, all our partnerships are based on real life relationships and collaboration, supporting others to do what they do best, while promoting collaboration, responsible action and best practice.
People are at the heart of travel. Regardless of the destination, travel that seeks to understand the local way of life builds powerful cultural exchanges, mutual respect and empathy, and shines a light on our human connection.
Adventure travel would not exist without the natural environment and beauty of destinations. Minimising impacts on the environment creates healthier, happier places for local communities to live and for travelers to visit.
Incredible travel happens when the wealth generated from tourism benefits local people and businesses. It means that communities can reinvest in themselves, their self-determined development and the ways in which they grow.
By supporting education, our adventures contribute to individuals and communities alike. Changing the lives of young people, education is the greatest force for a better future. Taking that education outside and into the mountains furthers that sense of discovery.
Mountains are a source of sustenance to many people, but they are also hugely susceptible to human impact and are home to some of Earth’s most fragile ecosystems. All our expeditions support reforestation initiatives to help protect and conserve mountain environments.
Mountain regions are at the very edge of the global economy. However, our services support the travel and guiding sectors, bringing fair income, improving training and standards, and helping us all to fight poverty and inequality through the way we travel.