Travel responsibly with Indico Travels
Discovering the world shouldn't damage it. That’s why your trips with Indico Travels adhere to specific sustainability guidelines we set ourselves. Susana, our CSR responsible, gives you more details in this video.
Your trip is CO2 compensated
CO2 emissions for your entire trip (hotel, excursions, etc.) are compensated by an international Gold Standard project. We have also decided to offset the CO2 emissions for your arrival and departure flights, even if these are not booked through us. Since our travelers come from all over the world and the individual calculation would be complicated, we compensate for a return flight from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for each traveler. The climate protection project in Chile that we support has been tested and certified by the German inspection authority TÜV-Nord. At the Santa Marta landfill south of Santiago de Chile, gases from the waste are used to generate environmentally friendly energy. This saves around 348,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Click here to find out the CO2 emissions of each trip (including international flights).
|Trip name||Trip length||Trip Tonnes|
|Best of Lisbon & Sintra||5||1.19|
|Experience Sri Lanka||14||6.2|
|Greek Islands Adventure||10||0.7|
|Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia||14||4.47|
|Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas||12||5.21|
|Winter Wonders in Finland||5||1.41|
Ventura TRAVEL supports the VSocial foundation
Our parent company Ventura TRAVEL founded the VSocial Foundation in 2005. The vision of this foundation is to bring about positive change in the communities we support by encouraging people to benefit from sustainable tourism. The aim is to strengthen communities, to preserve their cultural richness and to accompany them on their way to self-administration. Ventura TRAVEL supports the VSocial Foundation with more than €120,000 every year. On Indico Travels' Colombia trip, for example, you'll visit a VSocial project on the Street Art Tour through Medellín's Comuna 13.
Your trip is sustainably built
We strive for sustainability in our travel planning. For example, we avoid domestic flights during our travels - we only take them if the alternative route would take more than 6 hours. Additionally, where possible, we choose local-run accommodations to keep our expenditure within the country. We pay particular attention to animal welfare and don't engage in activities that could stress animals. For example, we avoid taking part in elephant bathing, as the animals have to be dominated by their handlers for this. And where possible, we take other sustainable options - for example on our Vietnam & Cambodia trip, you can always fill your own water bottle with clean drinking water from a canister.
Your trip respects human rights
Respect for human rights in tourism is a major concern. As an active member of the Round Table on Human Rights in Tourism for many years, we verify that for all our trips, our partners respect the legal provisions in terms of wages and employment, especially for young people. We also support the "Don't look away" campaign, which aims to protect children in their vacation destinations from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Our sister brand is a great example
Viventura, the South American specialist of Ventura TRAVEL, is the proud winner of the sustainability award Fairwärts with its trip "viActive Ecuador Galapagos". The trip was awarded as an innovative and sustainable travel offer, focusing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030. The award is organized by the non-profit organization kate Environment & Development in cooperation with Tourcert. The project is supported by Engagement Global on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Tourcert - sustainability certification
As a sustainable tour operator, we are certified by Tourcert and undergo a detailed review of all business areas every 2 years. TourCert gGmbH is a non-profit organization for certifications in tourism and has set itself the task of promoting ecological, social and economic corporate responsibility in tourism.
Member of the association "Forum Anders Reisen"
The Forum Anders Reisen e.V. (forum for a different type of travel) is an association of travel companies that are committed to sustainable tourism. The travel experiences offered by their members focus on people and the environment, use local resources carefully and treat other cultures with respect. The Forum Anders Reisen was founded in 1998 and has around 130 members.