Sustainable Travel

Sustainable tourism

Don’t just see the world. Make it better.

Planet Earth is an amazing place, but it’s far from perfect. Since the very beginning, G Adventures has operated under the belief that travel is an exchange, not a commodity. When you travel with us, you’re giving back as much – if not more – than what you take away, often in ways you’d never expect.

Social enterprise: A formula for the future

As a travel company, the planet is our product. Its social and environmental welfare is fundamentally important to us – not just as a business, but as human beings, too. When we say “We Love Changing People’s Lives,” we’re not just talking about our travellers. We’re talking about everybody. G Adventures is a social enterprise, which means the social value of what we do is just as important to us as the profit it earns. Here’s how it’s done.

Planeterra – Our foundation

Established in 2003, the Planeterra Foundation is our non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the communities touched by tourism benefit from the opportunities it provides. Planeterra works directly with G Adventures to minimize the impact on the destinations, and to promote sustainable solutions and economic growth for communities. Planeterra manages over 50 current and funded projects in underserved regions all over the world.

Visit the Planeterra website

Planeterra and the Inter-American Development Bank

In 2013, Planeterra and G Adventures partnered with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop community-based tourism projects in rural communities underserved by the travel economy. Today, we continue to seek out opportunities for community tourism projects wherever possible to help our travellers put their travel dollars where they belong: within the communities that need them.

Learn more about our IDB projects

Local investment

We like to keep things local on our trips. Working with small, locally owned businesses rather than big international chains helps keep the overall cost of your trip down, but we also believe that your travel dollars should stay where you spend them. Supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses strengthens communities, raises the overall quality of life, and ensures that the places you love will continue to be loved.

Social campaigns

Some people use social media to let their friends know what they’re having for lunch. We use social media to connect our staff, our partners, and our travellers to assist those most in need. Our social network is engaged and robust, routinely heeding our calls for emergency assistance, literally raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid. Social media helps make the world smaller. We use it to make the world better.

Watch the world change right before your eyes.

Planeterra Project: Womens Weaving Project

Planeterra Project: New Hope Cambodia

Many young people in communities surrounding Siem Reap do not have access to public schooling because their families are unable to purchase uniforms, books and other necessary materials. Access to education was virtually eliminated during the Cambodian Genocide in 1975 and has since been slowly rebuilding. Siem Reap has also undergone a boom in the tourism industry; income that has yet to reach the surrounding underserviced communities and local people due to lack of affordable certifications and training available. Because of this, there is a cycle of poverty in the region that has been difficult to break. New Hope provides free education and training in relevant subjects to prepare students for careers in the tourism industry.

Planeterra Project: Inca Trail Biodegradable Soaps

Newest projects

From the beginning, our mission has been a simple one—to help people and communities thrive through solutions, not handouts. We do this by providing the resources and opportunities for local people in the areas we serve to develop and strengthen their communities, and our network of travellers provide these communities with the long-term income to make these solutions sustainable.

Discover trips that visit Planeterra projects and get closer to our wonderful planet and the communities that sustain it.
View all Planeterra-affilliated tours

Mayan Community Homestay | Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

We are in the process of developing a homestay program and visitor centre in the small village of San Juan La Laguna on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. Initiatives related to the homestay program include local small-business development to supply the travel market, and environmental and social grants to sustainably protect the destination. View the project here.

Sacred Valley Community Restaurant | Sacred Valley, Peru

We are working to develop a community-operated restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo, near Cusco. For the first time, this small community of 65 families will be able to access the travel industry and benefit from sustainable tourism. View the project here.

New Hope Cambodia Vocational Training Restaurant | Siem Reap, Cambodia

In 2011, we established the New Hope Cambodia Vocational Training Restaurant near Siem Reap, Cambodia. This project provides education and employment access for residents in one of the world’s poorest regions, and is visited by 5,000 Angkor Wat-bound G Adventures travellers annually.
View the project here.

Tanzania Women’s Cooperative | Moshi, Tanzania

We are working with local partners to open a cooperative at which the community’s women can hone their skills for the travel industry. The Tanzania Women’s Cooperative runs a free business school where women can take classes in English, business, accounting, and vocational skills.
View the project here.