The guides are trained for free by scientists in exchange for their active contribution to research projects and field data collection.
During the expedition, travelers are accompanied by excellent guides that can accurately answer most of their questions.
Scientific research provides a better understanding of the natural environment, and allows to measure and analyze the impact that humans have on it.
Learn more about this HopSolution by watching the video above with Australis (Expedition Cruises to Patagonia):
Rodrigo, Operations Manager: “For many years we have been interested in research. First, to get real information, scientifically proven, about everything that we could see during the expedition cruise trips, and also, because we were aware of the difficulty for a scientist to go out on the field once a month. We have the chance to visit the same remote natural places, 8 months a year, so it was decided to start focussing on five different research sectors during our trips. During these 8 months, our guides collect information in these five different fields, and they do so with consistency and continuity, so that it can then be used by scientists. We also support scientist transportation to sights of interest. Today, for example, a geologist will get onboard. He is a specialist in the Darwin Cordillera and Tierra del Fuego and led scientific courses for our expedition guides in the past.”
Marcelo, Expedition Manager: “We receive the scientific papers that are getting published and which are linked to our work from the scientists of the CEQUA. Moreover, if any concrete results emerge from the samples which were taken, we have the opportunity to get the names of the guides to appear as co-authors. It’s something that we can then add on our CV. It’s something which is priceless, which is really quite strong.”
Rodrigo, Operations Manager: “Nowadays people don’t travel to travel. They come with an interest: they come with the story of the Cape Horn, they come because they want to see one bird in particular, they want to see marine wildlife, they want to see whales, dolphins, or they want to see a glacier which gets to the sea, and we need to be well prepared to provide them with this information. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in tourism. Not everybody is well prepared. And that’s why our mission these last few years has been to train, and to train, and to train, our guides. So they can deliver an excellent service, provide excellent information to our guests. This has been our job during the past few years, and we are glad to be able, in some way, to bring something to this huge project. Hopefully we can continue taking part to more projects in the future, as there are still many things to do in Patagonia.”
Another example is Saladero Ecolodge (Costa Rica):
Harvey, Owner of the Lodge: “We were trained to monitor and collect data on wild cats as part of the Osa Conservation Cat program as well as collecting information for water quality. We created modules for tourists to learn from us. We are also offering a module program on mangrove ecology and reforestation.” Read: In Costa Rica, Photographing Jaguars to Help Save Them
|Name||Type of facility||Environment||Country||Swap?|
|Australis||Packages and tours||mer, montagne, zone-temperee, zone-froide||Chile||Yes|
|Moisés Bertoni Foundation - Museum, Reserves & Lodge||Activities, Funds and other organisations, Hotels & guest houses||rural, zone-chaude||Paraguay||Yes|
|Saladero Ecolodge||Campings, Hotels & guest houses||mer, zone-chaude||Costa Rica||Yes|
|Coral Reef Farming||Heritage and Biodiversity|
|Facilitate carpooling for customers||Transport and Green mobilities, Travellers Awareness|
|Bicycle availability for cleaner transport||Transport and Green mobilities, Travellers Awareness|
|Tourism to protect the river||Heritage and Biodiversity|
|Development contribution||Local Development, Travellers Awareness|