Fair Trade Adventures

From coffee and chocolate to wine and clothes, fair trade products are now ubiquitous on any given high street. Although incredibly diverse, what all these products represent is a commitment to paying fair prices for raw materials and supporting the producers and their communities.

Therefore, we are now thrilled to be able to welcome you to Fair Trade Adventures: personal, affordable and rewarding travel experiences that have a positive impact on destinations. Fair Trade Adventures are brought to you by Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) in collaboration with Sumak Sustainable Travel, a UK based social enterprise specialising in Latin American ecotourism.

Our partnership is based on our commitment to ethical business practices and sustainable development, which empower and protect local communities. For us, tourism is about creating personal, affordable and rewarding travel experiences that have a positive impact on destinations.

You will meet some Cafédirect Producers during the tours, and 10% of what you paid goes straight to support the foundation’s work!

These 2-week, small group tours will take you to some of the most iconic places in Latin America, but will also give exclusive access to some of its most remote, beautiful and tranquil places. You will immerse yourself in the culture and integrate with the communities, living like a local. Learn how to roast organic coffee, to make organic chocolate, or to cook delicious local recipes.

The community-based approach championed by Sumak Travel helps to build a sustainable relationship between communities and travellers. Sumak works directly with local community tour operators in Latin America and offers inspiring bespoke journeys that put the needs of the community first – all at a fair price. Community-based tours offer authentic, experience-rich holidays to responsible travellers – which also have a positive impact on the local communities and the environment.

All our Fair Trade Adventures include English-speaking guides, fair trade workshops, visits and activities, plus excursions such as sightseeing, wildlife-watching, trekking and horseback riding. Accommodation in boutique hotels or home-stays, internal flights and ground transportation are also included. For travellers looking for something more active or conventional, we offer optional excursions and special add-ons trips, which can be added before or after the tour.

HOW TO BOOK

Groups size is between 6 and 10 travellers, so places are very limited, you can find more information in the brochure. To book your Fair Trade Adventure now, or request more information, write to fairtrade@sumak-travel.org or call 020 36424246!

FAIR TRADE ADVENTURE TO PERU (APRIL 22ND  – MAY 3RD)
This adventure takes you on a voyage through the ancient Inca heartland. You will visit high-altitude landscapes, sail through the incomparable Lake Titicaca and meet the fascinating communities that have lived on its waters for centuries. Next discover Cuzco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on a journey through the mighty Andes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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FAIR TRADE ADVENTURE TO COSTA RICA (MAY 14TH – MAY 26TH)
With this adventure  you will be able to experience first-hand the cultural and natural beauty that symbolises the country. You will get off the beaten track, and actively support local rural communities and their indigenous territories on the Caribbean shores. From here travel to the Pacific Coast and take part in some more adventurous activities such as trekking through natural rainforests and visiting volcanoes!

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FAIR TRADE ADVENTURE TO COLOMBIA (AUGUST 20TH – 31ST)
This tour takes you on a journey back in time through beautiful colonial towns. As well as admiring the beautiful historical architecture, you will have the chance to get involved in some unique local fair trade activities. Shear a sheep and spin some wool at a local farm, visit a fair trade seed jewellery workshop; providing much needed jobs and services to Colombian youth, and learn how the villagers from Guane improve the construction of their kitchens and homes using renewable resources. And of course, learn everything about coffee production, in beautiful, lush, green surroundings. For the more adventurous traveller, river rafting on the rapids of the River Fonce and paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon is also available.

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 FAIR TRADE ADVENTURE OF NORTHERN PERU (SEPTEMBER 16TH – 29TH)
This adventure takes you on a cultural excursion through ancient cities, mountain valleys and rainforest. Get to know native communities and observe first hand how the beautiful and colourful textiles handicrafts, and ceramics, are made. Take a coffee adventure through the Perene Valley and travel to many interesting archaeological Inca sites until you reach the cocoa plantation of Huayabamba Valley, where you can taste one of the best chocolates in the world!

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Sumak are ATOL protected and can book international flights for you.

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  • Kristan, travelled to Costa Rica with Sumak in February 2015

  • Weng, travelled to Colombia with Sumak in April 2015

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