For us at Expedition Colombia, a love of beautiful and wild places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to contribute to addressing environmental health issues like our global water crisis. By partaking in our tours and sharing your experiences, you are participating in the growing social movement to value the Colombia’s ecosystems and cultures. In addition, 10% of the cost of your tour goes towards Colombia's grass-root movement to protect clean, swimmable, and fishable rivers.
Our non-profit Fundación Yumaná is the catalyst for our mission to celebrate and protect Colombian river ecosystems and river communities. Fundación Yumaná, a group of lawyers, advocates, and tourism operators, collaborate with grassroots community leaders to influence river management decisions so that Colombia has swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.
Samana Fest brings people of all backgrounds together to support an economic model in Colombia based on the protection of a vital rainforest and river ecosystems and the cultural stability of the region. We aren’t anti- hydro-electric dams or anti-mining, but we are for creating better, sustainable solutions for developing river communities. We know tourism plays a responsible role in shaping Colombia's peaceful future as we employ Colombians to stimulate the local economy, invest in local guide's language skills and professional guide training, source local products from farming communities, and use our global network to support local needs. Together, we can negotiate with the Colombian government and with companies to ensure river communities have access to clean, drinkable, fishable rivers, or at the minimum, secure their human right to clean water.
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