Say Hueque is a tour operator company that launched in 1999 helping travellers from around the world to explore both Argentina and Chile. It has recently become the first tour operator in Argentina to be recognised as offsetting 100 percent of the carbon emissions produced by its trips.
This initiative will help preserve nature as well as local cultures
Rafa Mayer, Founder and Director, Say Hueque said, “I wanted guests to see the off-the-beaten-paths I have seen by travelling this amazing region, to connect with people and places as I once did. With Say Hueque, I realised that traveling, if well managed, can be a source of employment in rural communities and a catalyst for the creation of multicultural empathy, as well as a powerful tool to create conscious awareness about the fragility of the environment and the necessity to preserve nature and local cultures.”
He further added, “I am a strong believer that travel can be a force for good. But now we have become part of the problem. The fast growth of travel contributes to global warming and travel companies around the globe are taking action. Travelling individually or in small groups, using local operators and family-run hotels, is important but not enough.”
To tackle these problems, Say Hueque has decided to be 100 percent carbon neutral in Argentina. The company has partnered with South Pole, an organisation dedicated to climate change.
Apart from this, Say Hueque has developed an understanding with the Adventure Travel Trade Association. This understanding brings together some of the most recognised adventure travel companies in the world for a cause like this.
The carbon footprint of all the trips conducted is calculated with the help of South Pole tools. This is compensated with an equal investment in different projects that encourage reforestation.
The company has also become plastic-free. This means that the use of single-use plastic has been banned during trip operations.