Eco AlterNATIVE Tours

Eco AlterNATIVE Tours

Member Since

2016
Category

Tour Operator
Phone

+52 635 456-0344
Address

Apartado Postal #44
Creel, Chihuahua 33200
Mexico
Regions of Operations

North America

Eco AlterNATIVE Tours

  • About Us

    Eco-AlterNATIVE Tours (EANT) operates in the Copper Canyon in the Mexican state of Chihuahua at an elevation of 2,345m with the goal to bring about change in how tourism operates in this region by minimizing its impact on the Indigenous communities. With more than 60 hotels and private tour operators in the area alone providing tours to approximately 100,000 tourists per year, massive tourism development projects are underway, and the number of visitors expected to this region is projected to increase exponentially.
    EANT’s first objective is to offer alternative tour experiences, thanks to the supervision of its Tarahumara Indian owner and tour guide, who is also an anthropologist. Through small group tours, the agency tries to avoid impacting traditional lifeway’s in the communities and introducing visitors to the community where they can meet Tarahumara families and learn about their history, culture, language, and worldview, which are intricately connected to the stewardship of these mountains. The second objective is to train indigenous tour guides. In order to minimize the seasonal migration and offering other job opportunities.

    Sustainability Practices

    First, visitors learn more about local nature and its importance, through traditional indigenous life and knowledge of Tarahumara Indians, as well as three other ethnic groups, using sustainable tourism as our platform. Second, the platform contributes to promote Indigenous people, the caretakers of these mountains, by being visible and active social agents rather than silent actors that blend in with the landscape. Indigenous people are on the front lines protecting their land from illegal logging, land conflicts, natural gas pipelines and other large-scale development projects that threaten the bio-cultural diversity of the Sierra Tarahumara. Read the TripAdvisor review.
    Third, EANT tours create awareness among its clients and hosting communities for the need for sustainable tourism practices.

 

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