Vegan Travel and Australis carry out their operations in such a manner as to minimize any actions that may harm the environment.
All our cruises are operated without heavy fuel oil. Instead, Marine Gas Oil (MGO) is used.
We want our guests to enjoy the all-vegan Patagonia cruise with all their senses. We are aware and sensitive to the need to maintain an ecological balance between human activities and the beauty and proliferation of nature. Our policy aims at responsible environmental protection; our objective is to prevent any type of contamination in our operations, as well as producing a minimum impact in the places where we have our excursions and expeditions. During our Chile sailings, one of our main concerns is not to affect the ecosystem of the flora that is endemic to the region nor alter any reproduction processes of local fauna.
Vegan Travel, Australis and its employees obey the applicable regulations concerning the prevention of pollution or environmental damage to the land, ocean, and air where its activities are carried out.
The Ventus Australis complies with all national and international standards for environmental protection.
We are concerned about the effects that tourist activities can have on the conservation of the natural and cultural environments, since we work in a pristine natural area practically untouched by man.
- Mass tourism is avoided.
- The excursions are guided by expedition leaders who have been trained to provide real information on a scientific basis.
- The scientific data is constantly updated, to provide the tourists with real-time information.
- The Expedition team is constantly trained in all necessary areas, as education is the best tool for the protection and conservation of the environment.
Aboard the Ventus Australis:
- Prior to weighing anchor, we hold a meeting with the passengers, in which information about life on board is provided. One of the main points we emphasize on is the commitment that Vegan Travel and Australis have with the environment. Our Patagonia cruise is meant to be enjoyable, but we must not forget about the environment doing so. In order to transmit this ideology, we explain what must be done to prevent these virgin territories from being contaminated.
- We motivate the responsible use of towels aboard ship, explaining the ecological cost of washing practically unused towels.
- Our ships have treatment systems for sewage, gray water, and organic waste, established by the SOLAS Standard (Marpol).
- All solid waste is separated, compacted, and unloaded in both ports (Ushuaia and Punta Arenas).
- In the ship galleys the garbage is separated into different batches to prevent the formation of toxic gasses.
- Smoking is not permitted in interior areas of the vessel, so ashtrays are placed on deck (in small designated smoking areas) for smokers. Passengers are shown where they are located on the first day so they can prevent cigarette waste from going into the sea.
- Internal recycling of Expedition paper used for passenger information is done.
- Every passenger cabin has a brochure explaining our concern for taking care of the natural environment.
- Our excursion boats (“Zodiacs”) have 4-stroke engines which are not as polluting and are more environmentally friendly.
On our expeditions:
- Instructions for the protection and conduct of the passengers are provided prior to each excursion indicating the visit to our National Parks with the express prohibition of extracting organic or non-organic materials from the places we disembark. (Rocks, flowers, leaves, branches, feathers, insects, sea shells, etc.)
- The excursion groups do not surpass 20 people per guide.
- All passengers are accompanied by guides, no passenger may circulate alone in the Alberto de Agostini and Cabo de Hornos National Parks, or the Los Pingüinos Natural Reserve.
- Marked trails are used to avoid having an impact on fragile vegetation. We have a serious policy to allow the recovery of trails and sites when they show any impact.
- In the past few years wooden walkways have been built in those places that require it due to their ecological fragility, thereby preventing the accelerated wear and tear of the vegetal layer, a damage which would take dozens of years to recover in some cases.
- When we disembark we do not allow snacks or picnics thereby reducing the possibility of generating garbage.
- We ask passengers to cooperate with nature, encouraging the collection of any garbage we may find.
- At the end of each expedition we gather what has been found and return it to the city for its treatment. We leave no waste in the Parks.
- For each excursion we have recipients for any garbage found.
- In Wulaia Bay, there is ecological equipment, a wind generator and solar panels.
- When we disembark we strictly control the approach towards land animals such as elephant seals, sea lions, and penguins. We teach passengers how to observe the fauna properly.
- The prohibition of acoustic contamination is established while promoting the enjoyment of silence in the southern part of the world, without shouting or making disturbing noises.
- When we visit historic sites, we avoid trampling the area and the collection of elements, explaining the archeological value of these sites to the passengers. (Wulaia Bay).
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