Our philosophy of community based tourism ventures
We are passionate about social, responsible and sustainable tourism. Through different projects and efforts of the partners of this initiative we aim to support local and community based tourism ventures, in order to improve impact on the local economy, the management of natural resources and the well-being of the communities.
Our Purpose: to work together with the local communities to design and offer highly authentic tourism experiences off the beaten track.
To create one booking platform, Fairtrips, where those community initiatives will have one place to market and sell their tourist products, thus contributing to sustainable community self-realization and the creation of additional income.
Fairtrips is managed by the Community and Sustainable Tourism Foundation (CSTF) which is a joint effort by a group of tour operators, community tourist ventures and non-profit organizations working collaboratively in the execution of projects that contribute to the commercialization and improvement of Community Based Tourism (CBT) products.
What it means to travel with Fairtrips
Giving our communities full control of their tours is an important part of our philosophy, and we kindly ask you to keep this in mind when visiting your hosts. Not we, but the hosts themselves plan their tours. It is them who decide which doors they will open for you and how far off the beaten paths they will take you. This is why every tour will be slightly different, and why we cannot give you any guarantee of the experiences. All our itineraries are approximations of what you will experience. Please also be mindful that our communities oftentimes are in highly remote areas and not used to tourism or foreigners visiting them. Please respect their traditions, culture, and privacy. Most tour operators are unable to offer the possibility to connect to indigenous communities on such as level as we do, let alone to sleep in their homes.
Lastly, please know that thanks to your trip, good things are happening in the destination. Your trip is an investment into the people, their community, and their country. Family fathers can stay with their family in remote areas thanks to income from community-based tourism and no longer have to work in the big city half the year. Animals and nature get protected thanks to the economic benefit of preserving them for travelers. The rights of indigenous people get respected, as they draw the attention of our clients.
Our promises to you
Safe, Secure & Quality
Certified Quality by TourCert
What you will see
All of our team has a passion for community-based tourism. But don't take our word for it. Get to know the team and their descriptions, so you can see how much passion our travel specialists have for this topic. You truly are in good hands!
Marketing & Communications at Pure! Travel Group
Eager to keep discovering South America, the land of diversity!
Although Cristina was born in Ecuador, she moved to the USA in her teens. After her Senior Year of high school, she decided to continue her studies in Texas majoring in Marketing & Communications at the University of Houston, while volunteering at the local Fire Department. Fourteen years later, she decided to return to Ecuador for good, where she developed great joy for trekking, biking and climbing. This allowed her to set foot on magical places in Ecuador such as the Amazon rainforest or the summit of the Cotopaxi volcano. Following her passion for photography she discovered other amazing destinations in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, falling in love with the fascinating world of tourism. She got to hear what guests wanted, design travel itineraries and, most of all, put to use her marketing and communications skills. At Pure! Travel Group she combines her experience and knowledge to communicate the different possibilities South America has to offer and now through Fraitrips.com we invite you to discover the right experience for you.
Sustainability Coordinator at Pure! Travel Group
Rainforest lover, conservationist, and living a zero waste life.
Lena discovered her interest in conservation while studying Ecology and Tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry since 2005 in various areas. She found her true passion working as a naturalist guide and dedicated ten years in the Ecuadorian Rainforest participating in a community based touristic project. Lena fell completely in love with the magic of the jungle, it’s flora and fauna, its diversity, and the people that ancestrally inhabit this ecosystem. At Pure! she is committed to ensuring the company offers responsible experiences, protecting the environment, its cultures, heritages and local communities. This is why Pure! and Fairtrips are a perfect match together!
Executive Director of Platforms
Travel addict, polyglot, and paragliding fanatic
A true travel addict, Benno has ventured all over the world and speaks five languages (six, if you count Portuñol). When he discovered Galápagos in 2014, he immediately fell in love with the pristine archipelago far off Ecuador's coast, and founded Galapatours.com - a booking portal specialized on Galápagos Cruises on board small, sustainable expedition vessels. In 2020, he created Polartours.com - a booking portal specialized in Antarctica and Arctic Cruises on board expedition vessels. His third startup, Fairtrips.com, is a non-profit, aiming at providing indigenous communities all over the world a booking portal for their exciting touristic products. In doing so, his goal is to help those participate in the value chain created by tourism, who need it most and who oftentimes have the most authentic and exciting products. Write Benno: [email protected]
Traveler and innate aquatic creature, lover of nature and sustainability
As long as she can remember she has liked of water bodies: from a pool to the ocean. She is Ecuadorian and likes culture and art, she sings and teaches one-to-one math classes. Studied Business Administration with a major in Marketing and has experience in sales. She loves nature so she values it very much, she believes in the need to protect it, cares about the present and future of it. That is why she decided to study a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility. Lorena has had the opportunity to travel to some countries in Europe and America (England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil) and would love to see many more. She lived on two islands: England (2000) and Galapagos (2016), one year on each. During her stay in the Anglo-Saxon country, we still did not have cell phones or video calls, so she had to communicate with her family through almost daily emails, in which she tried to capture and transmit all her experiences. In this way, she develops her ability to convey emotions through texts. She worked for a recognized Tour Operator in her country in the marketing area, creating and correcting the content to be published on the website and social networks. During the pandemic, she decides to take an intensive Copywriting program as she loves to share experiences through writing. Now she is dedicated to writing contents highlighting the differentiating benefits of products and services to convert leads into customers.
Marketing coordinator Proyecto TuriCom
To travel is a way to transform your life into something better
Born in Quito, Ecuador Patricio (Pato) have more than 29 years of experience in the tourism business. During his profesional career he served in different roles: as tour guide, travel agent, operations as well as many senior management positions in commercial and marketing areas with tour operators, local and national public institutions in Ecuador. He is a passionate about Sustainability, Marketing and Innovation, his academic background includes: a Bachelor in Tourism Management, and Specialization in Natural Areas Management and a Master Degree in Ecotourism. Currently, he is working as a consultant in some sustainable tourism projects and within his NGO “Verde Milenio” in several SAVE (Scientific Academic, Volunteer and Educational) tourism and sustainable development programs.