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2012 ‘GRAND ADVENTURE GUIDE’


From the outset, NHA recognized the crucial connection between sustainable tourism practices and the vitality of the places it visits. It has kept its footprint light, through small-scale impacts, choosing environmentally conscious accommodations and offsetting the carbon output of its guests on all of its trips. In fact, NHA became the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company in 2007, setting a precedent for other companies to follow.


“Nat Hab” also strives for a greener office environment at its headquarters through energy conservation, intensive recycling and use of recycled materials, including its 100% post-consumer catalog, incentive programs for staff to ride bikes or take alternative transportation to work, and other eco-conscious measures. Recognizing that genuine ecotourism must at root support local people, NHA works closely with community-based enterprises, hiring Expedition Leaders from the destinations it visits and, wherever possible, using locally owned and run accommodations and services.


NHA also introduced not-for-profit Voluntourism Extensions in 2011, providing its guests an opportunity to add a day or two to their trip while participating in a project that actively supports a local environmental or cultural enterprise, such as sea turtle monitoring in Baja or helping in a Nairobi Children’s Home dedicated to caring for the children of imprisoned mothers.


Such commitments, along with its laid-back, “work-hard-but-play-hard-too” office culture, have earned Nat Hab the #1 spot for three years running on Outside magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work list. The company’s avid staff finds great reward in producing life-changing nature travel for its clients—because they know personally the thrill that comes with watching a humpback whale breach, or seeing Alaskan grizzlies fish for salmon, or witnessing a herd of elephants running through a waterhole. Sometimes the wonders are tinier, like spying a line of leaf-cutter ants or counting the colors of orchids in the cloud forest.


Why wonder when you could wander? Guided hikes through the rainforest are an exciting immersion in the tremendous biodiversity of the Amazon!


© Natural Habitat Adventures / Wendy Rendal Discover the wonders of nature with Natural Habitat Adventures!  www.nathab.com


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