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TTC’s TreadRight Foundation launches new planet projects for World Environment Day

The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) non-profit The TreadRight Foundation has unveiled several initiatives dedicated to sustainable travel on World Environment Day.

The TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, including Trafalgar, AAT Kings, Uniworld, Insight Vacations and Contiki, has unveiled a number of dynamic new environmental initiatives for World Environment Day.

Woman Showing Heart Shape To Nature

“It’s important that emerging tourism destinations establish sustainable initiatives and conservation actions early, which is what we’re working to help support in Colombia,” TTC chief executive and founder of The TreadRight Foundation Brett Tollman said. “With TTC exploring Colombia for the first time in 2020, TreadRight is thrilled to make travel matter in the destination with the introduction of these two new projects … we are well positioned to help make travel matter in Colombia and beyond.”

TTC has also taken another series of important steps in its pledge to remove all avoidable single-use plastics across all operations by the end of 2022.

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia, South America.
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia, South America.

The TreadRight Foundation has welcomed a new Colombian project to its growing project portfolio that will benefit people, wildlife and the planet.

The experience will combine exploration of the rugged mountain landscape with wildlife and bird watching, as well as the possibility of spending a night at an ancient Tairona town, an opportunity otherwise impossible throughout the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta because tourists are not permitted stay overnight at Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Park.

TreadRight has further strengthened its Wildlife pillar with the addition of the Cotton-Top Protection project in partnership with Proyecto Tití, a multi-disciplinary on-site conservation program dedicated to conserving the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.

Cotton-top tamarin Monkey (Saguinus oedipus) is

The NPO is also partnering with conservation organisation Proyecto Tití, which is preparing for its expansion of forest reserves for cotton-top tamarins – one of the most endangered primates in the world – providing support for reforestation, conservation, water delivery, and the installation of solar panels. In addition, Contiki guests can look forward to experiencing this project in person on select Colombia trips.

Meanwhile, building out TreadRight’s People pillar in Colombia is a crucial archaeological site project at the El Congo-Ciudad Antigua research station, located on the western face of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range in Colombia’s Rio Frio basin.

The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) ruins in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) ruins in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

The important archaeological structures at the site have been partially restored since the property was acquired by TreadRight’s project partners at the Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Foundation in 1990.

As part of the Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Foundation’s ongoing community development and conservation projects, TreadRight will help support the foundation in developing a related travel experience at El Congo-Ciudad Antigua.

In addition, Trafalgar guests can visit the research station for themselves.

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