1) Does the tour promoter have firsthand knowledge about the trip? If so, how recent is this knowledge?
2) Is information on geography, customs and culture provided before departure?
3) Are tour groups limited to 15 individuals or fewer?
4) How does the outfitter show respect for indigenous peoples and wildlife?
5) Does the outfitter employ locals for jobs besides providing maid and laundry service?
6) How much time will be spent riding in buses? Check distances on a map.
7) Will you stay in locally owned hotels that practice environmentally sound sewage treatment and waste disposal?
8) Does the outfitter employ guides with ecological training and experience?
Earthwatch ecotourists become active participants in scientific research projects. (800) 766-0188.
International Expeditions Inc. establised the nonprofit Amazon Center For Environmental Education & Research. (800)633-4734.
Journeys, an adventure travel company, funds community and environmental projects in areas visited. (800)255-8735.