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The importance of Amazonia to the well-being of the planet cannot be overstated, and this a region that needs to be treated with the ultimate respect. Sadly, many tour providers do not operate in a sustainable manner, and many visitors are unaware of the importance of minimizing their impact on the jungle, its waterways and its inhabitants.

Best practices

  • Be conscientious in choosing your operator, and be thorough in your research. Check out the operator’s sustainability credentials, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their practices.
  • Before setting off read up on the areas you plan to visit – the local customs and etiquette as well as the jungle itself. Good operators will provide you with useful reading material prior to your trip.
  • Be conscious that the communities of the jungle are simply living their lives, and are not putting on a show for visitors. Don’t stare or take photographs without first asking permission, and remember that you are the visitor here.
  • Be polite but firm, and don’t be tempted to hand out candies to children, as dental care in rural areas may be limited.
  • Don’t encourage a begging culture – it is better to donate supplies or money directly to a local organisation, school or other project that benefits the community rather than handing out cash to those who ask for it.
  • Don’t encourage ill-treatment of animals by paying for photographs with captured animals, or visiting animal attractions where the creatures are not well-treated.
  • Avoid putting additional pressure on already-overburdened resources: turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, keep showers short.
  • Properly dispose of all trash, and don’t pick anything from the jungle without on the express advice of a responsible and knowledgeable guide.

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