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EcoChiapas

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Explora, Ecoturismo y Aventura (EcoChiapas) is a tour operator that works in Chiapas, one of the most fascinating states of Mexico.

Located in the southern part of the country, Chiapas has a complicated geographical mosaic, where different climates and landscapes are found. It is also considered the most biodiverse region in the country, thanks to its abundant and varied flora and fauna. This area is also rich in archaeological sites and it is eminently indigenous, inhabited by groups such as the Chol, Jalcatecos, Lacandon, Tzeltal, Zoque, Cakchiquel, Mam, Tojolabal, Kanjobal, Mocho, Quichés and Tzotzil.

In Chiapas, there are various options for enjoying nature tourism, from accommodations in rustic cabins in the middle of the jungle to full-service, multi-day expeditions by raft or kayak. Chiapas is perfect for the traveler who wants to know about the culture and biology of a place, always with an attitude of absolute respect for the natural and cultural setting of the sites visited.

Our main goal is to offer visitors an enriching experience in this diverse place that is Chiapas, so that they remember it for a long time, and more importantly for us, that they return!

Details:

Primary Destinations:

Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.

Making a Difference:

Certification Score
Environmental management:
96%
Sociocultural management:
97%
Business management:
100%
Overall Performance:
98%
Supporting Community
Number of Employees:
8
Percentage of local employees:
100

Our services go beyond offering nature tourism activities. We aim to create experiences that foster a change in our guests’ use and management of natural resources. We operate with small groups in biosphere reserves, ideal places for tourists to enhance their environmental awareness in direct contact with nature. Along with Campamento Rio Lacanja, we built an interpretive trail where tourists can learn about and understand the three different types of vegetation in the area: high perennial jungle (primary vegetation), acahual (secondary vegetation) and the traditional milpa or cornfield. We also help fund the maintenance of a 20-acre (eight-hectare) conservation area in the buffer zone of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, which has allowed the forest to recover in a site that was deforested 15 years ago.

To contribute to local development, we have prioritized business practices that create opportunities for local communities. For example, in the indigenous Lacandon community of Lacanja-Chansayab, we create sources of employment and income by hiring local staff and buying products and services from local suppliers.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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