Big Five Tours & Expeditions
’ dedication to sustainable tourism extends from the front office, where the company cut paper use by 70 percent by offering guests electronic documents, to the field, where it donates 2,000 paper straws annually to the coconut vendors of La Boquilla, Colombia, to reduce plastic waste.
“They really walk the talk,” says Virtuoso advisor Green. Case in point: “On one of its Chile tours, when Big Five realized that the communities that should be benefiting from tourism dollars were not, they recrafted the itinerary to ensure it was helping the right people.”
On the company’s customizable 14-day Chilean Patagonia tour
, guests can spend time with the indigenous Mapuche community in Pucón, staying in local-run lodges, visiting a family in their home, and meeting skilled crafters in silverwork, wood carving, and weaving. There’s also plenty of adventure en route between Buenos Aires
, including cruising around Cape Horn, penguin viewing at Magdalena Island, ice climbing on Exploradores Glacier, and horseback riding in a Patagonian forest.