We started out in 1998 in a little office in La Paz’s most popular tourist area and, even though we’d worked in tourism before, we were facing a new challenge – building up a company based on our authentic unique and exclusive programmes. After a short time we realised that we were in the wrong place as most of the backpackers and more traditional travellers would come to us looking for the more run-of-the-mill products that we were not offering.
We changed our office but kept our product and slowly went about consolidating our philosophy and developing our speciality. We went through different phases supporting tourism development and management in Bolivia – not only as a company but also as consultants and advisors to different international cooperation agencies and the government; nevertheless, at the end of each of these projects we became more convinced that our company was the only way forward for sustainable and exclusive tourism.
We were pioneers in developing community-based tourism in Bolivia by supporting, contributing to and promoting initiatives in different regions with the end aim of improving the conditions of indigenous and farming communities. We owned a 4-star hotel in the Madidi National Park. We have given technical advice to design different tourism products and programmes for Bolivia to receive external funding for tourism development programmes. Now, after years of experience and lessons learnt we are specialists in tailor-made programmes and experiential travel throughout Bolivia.
We encourage others to improve how tourism is managed in the different regions of Bolivia, by starting up community-based businesses, and doing training, development and awareness-raising activities to build synergies among the communities where we work.