Responsible travel is at the core of the TEP planning process.

At TEP we’re excited not only to introduce you to The Stories behind each of our unique destinations, but also to share with you the sustainable practices we employ when experiencing these delicate environments.

From the pristine landscapes we explore to the local families whose homes we’re welcomed into, you’ll learn quickly that responsible travel is at the core of the TEP planning process.

Whether on the trail or getting to know the individuals who we come in contact with on an adventure, the seven principles of Leave No Trace serve as the pillars of our outdoor ethics:

1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

As members of Sustainable Travel International (STI), we work hard to adhere to these guidelines, as well as to the tenets of our own sustainability management plan.

TEP Keys to Sustainable Management:

1. LOW IMPACT: Small group sizes and Leave No Trace principles help to minimize the environmental impact on each of our trips.

2. THINK LOCAL: Employing local guides and purchasing local foods and services encourages respectful relationships and supports each of the communities we visit.

3. INTENTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: We strive to choose partners who also practice environmentally sound methods in their respective businesses.

TEP is a proud participant in STI’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), which is built on a foundation of globally recognized best practices for properly interacting with both the cultural and environmental aspects of the places we travel.