The department of Chocó in Colombia is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Its pristine rivers and rainforests are home to a highly diverse flora and fauna. Palenque Tours is very proud to be part of the Chocó Community Tourism Alliance, which was founded to support the communities living in the department of Chocó. Community based tourism is an example of sustainable tourism that generates lasting social, economic and environmental benefits. It also maintains the physical and cultural integrity, the biological diversity and the environmental quality of the region.
10% of the revenues generated by this form of socially responsible ecotourism are redistributed to local communities and invested in different projects regarding health, education and construction.
This non-profit foundation located close to Medellín specializes in saving and rehabilitating some of Colombia’s most endangered animals, many of which have been taken away from illegal traffickers or rescued after they were illegally sold as pets along the coastal highway. Many of them end up dying due to illnesses or loneliness. The rescue center takes care of armadillos, sloths and anteaters following the aim of facilitating the release of the animals back into the wild, once they’re ready.
The owner of the rescue station has dedicated the last 20 years to saving Colombia’s wildlife and therefore became one of Colombia’s most authoritative experts in this field.
Every tour to the Eco Reserve supports the foundation financially. Contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of Colombia’s illegally traded wild animals.
Casa Kolacho is a project in, what was formerly known as Medellín´s most dangerous neighborhood, the Comuna 13. Today, it is internationally recognized as an example of how innovative urban regeneration projects can be used to transform and revitalize communities.
Jeihhco, the founder of Casa Kolacho, is a talented hip hop artist. He and the other co-founders promote the message of peace through hip hop music, graffiti, break dance and DJing. Casa Kolacho works without government support and all of its members are volunteers—it’s the cause that matters to them, not the money.
Casa Kolacho artists are responsible for over 90% of the graffiti art you’ll see in Comuna 13.
Join us on the Medellin Graffiti Tour and actively contribute to the work of Casa Kolacho and its students.
This foundation located in the community of San Luis, eastern Antioquia, was created at the end of the 1980s. It is a family-run center dedicated to protect endangered or injured animals—mainly mainly reptiles—living in the rainforest. Once the animals are cured, they are released back into the wild.
El Faisan also raises awareness among the local population about the role of conservation. They work together with local communities to teach them about the biological importance of snakes for the ecosystem and undertake researches about reptiles, especially snakes. They also have a convention with the Theme Park “Hacienda Napoles” to exhibit the species while educating the visitors.
Every tour supports the eco-shelter financially and therefore helps them to rescue and rehabilitate Antioquia’s endangered animals.
Asofagua (Asociación de Familias Guardabosques)
Asofagua, a United Nations program, receives displaced families in Antioquia and helps them to work in the production and commercialization of cacao. They also raise awareness about the necessity of environmental protection. The UN Development Program supported the foundation of the association in order to give displaced families and former coca-farmers a chance to make a living from legal and environmentally friendly products, like cacao or coffee. Families get help and support through different projects based on agroforestry, which enables small producers and rural communities in the town of San Francisco de Sales to make a living.
The revenues from this project of socially responsible ecotourism help the association and families to create and make progress in their projects. Be sure you buy some of their exquisite products at the end of your trip.
Laura was born on the 14th of March 1992. She suffers from the Down Syndrome. She started painting and drawing since 1995 through the Creative Therapy, using different techniques such as acrylic, printing, engraving, dactylography, palette knife, magic mirror and collage. Her passion for painting is deep, she expresses emotions and she communicates constantly with different ways through her art.
She uses color with happiness, astonishment, fascination and delight for life. She participated in various exhibitions. She was awarded the prize “Examplary Envigadeña (citizen of Envigado)“.
Palenque Tours supports Laura’s work, if you also want to bring your support, we invite you to discover her colored art.