Guests help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project in Ecuador
The fires in the Amazon rain forest are just the latest tragedies in the ongoing destruction of one of Earth’s most vital eco-systems. Luxury Gold, a leader in luxury guided journeys, continues its pledge to make travel matter with the launch in 2020 of a new five-day ME to WE culturally immersive journey extension dedicated to helping preserve Amazonian culture.
For this unique journey, Luxury Gold has partnered with social enterprise ME to WE to connect travelers with indigenous communities and the rain forest, allowing them to participate in a sustainable international development project. They will explore Nature by hiking deep into primary and secondary rainforest, where they may see a myriad of animal species, including toucan, long-tailed potoos, gargantuan cebo trees and countless species of insects, spiders and snakes.
Guests will stay at the luxurious Minga Lodge, a jungle oasis that offers stunning views of the Rio Napo, the largest tributary to the Amazon River. They will feast on Western favorites and local delicacies like heart of palm, stinging nettle and fish cooked in palm leaves.
They will join a ME to WE team member for a short jungle walk or canoe ride to the nearby community, where they will help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project. They’ll gain insight into the community mindset of the Kichwa people as they listen to the inspiring story of how Craig and Marc Kielburger witnessed a spontaneous and powerful community movement –a minga–years ago that inspired the formation of ME to WE, and of course the naming of Minga Lodge.
Later, they’ll roll up their sleeves and join a local farmer to help carry out some of their daily activities, such as planting seeds, fetching water from the river and harvesting crops. For a perfect ending to a hard day’s work, guests will enjoy a stunning sunset dinner perched above the Rio Napo.
Trips like this derive from the Tollman family’s four-generation legacy and expertise in promoting sustainable travel through their Luxury Gold Cares initiatives and partnership with the not-for-profit organization, TreadRight Foundation.