Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992. The company combines tourism and environmental education, research, and local sustainable development to support the conservation of 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) within the Peruvian Amazon's Tambopata-Candamo Reserve Zone.
In 2003, Verde Ventures approved an investment of $110,556 for infrastructure, transportation and communications improvements at Rainforest Expeditions' facilities. Verde Ventures also provided an additional investment of $250,000 to build a new Rainforest Expeditions lodge called “Tambopata” in the Amazon basin of eastern Peru.
One of Rainforest Expeditions' two lodges is 100 percent owned and jointly operated by the local Infierno community. In exchange for training, employment, and 60 percent of the profits from the lodges, the community has agreed to no hunting, farming or logging within their communal reserve - one of the most biologically rich places on Earth. The lodge employs more than 50 community members, who earn 38 percent more than the average earned from hunting and farming.
Award Winner - 2005 TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism
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