Community Based Tourism Projects from A - Z
Success stories of former collaborating projects
V Social supports communities towards prosperity and self-determination through knowledge transfer, financial support and providing visitors to the initiatives. This collaboration is meant to be temporary, until a Community Based Tourism project is self-reliant. In the following, we want to present innovative Community projects we have been collaborating with in the past.
Baawaja Expeditions, Tambopata Puerto Maldonado (Peru)
Baawaja Expeditions is a private company owned by the Native Community of Infierno in Tambopata Puerto Maldonado, founded in 2008 with the mission of ecotourism, research, and activities related to conservation. The Native Community of Infierno is composed of ethnic populations and different indigenous groups, including Ese Eja, settlers of Andean origin, mestizos, and ribereos. V Social collaborated with the organization until 2022, connecting the Community Based Project with the international travel market. V Social decided to support other development projects in the country after generating the market connection it had proposed with Baawaja.
Capachica peninsula: communities Hilata, Llachón and Santa María, Lake Titicaca, (Bolivia)
Hilata, Llachón and Santa María are three indigenous communities that live in the Capachica peninsula. The inhabitants of these villages live very attached to tradition and tourism is still little known. Capachica was one of the first projects in which V Social as an organization became involved. V Social has financed the installation of water pipes for the communities living on the Capachica peninsula and the construction and improvement of infrastructure of 3 schools on the peninsula. This support lasted for more than 15 continuous years.
V Social decided to change the focus in 2017 to support community-based tourism projects so it no longer collaborates with these communities. However, the communities continue to receive visits.
Carnival Experience, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
The Carnival Experience is a project that links the carnival tradition of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Through the tourist project, they maintain the carnival youth school that allows the youth of some Favelas to have the opportunity of strengthening cultural identities and moving away from possible risks of crime that affects many other young people. With the support of the Carnival Experience project, the carnival school is maintained with more than 800 children, who are there completely free of charge, not only learning about the carnival tradition but finding real possibilities for life projects.
V Social supported this initiative until 2022 by bringing the international travel market closer to this project, to helping the sustainability of the project.
Juanilama (Costa Rica)
Juanilama is an organized group of women that, together with V Social created the product "Yucafé o Yucatour", a combination of coffee and yuca. In a visit in community Juanilama, Costa Rica, you can learn from the community, it's efforts and many agricultural products of our beloved Costa Rica.
The project is located 3km from the village of San Carlos de Pocozol 3km on the road to Los Chiles. Here you must turn left and at the Y turn right. The meeting point to visit the project is at the Rancho de la Asociación in front of the school.
We thank Juanilama for the short and good collaboration and wish the members of the initiative much success for their projects!
Morrinho Project, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Projeto Morrinho is a creative collective and community space offering tours through the favela and visits to its own artwork, a miniature favela made of colorfully painted bricks. Walking tours of Pereira da Silva offer travelers the opportunity to find out more about the reality of life in the favelas and change the way favelas are perceived by national and international tourists alike.
V Social has been supporting Projeto Morrinho since October 2018 until 2022, helping the project define its tourist services and connect it with international tour operators. Working with similar projects in Argentina, Colombia and Chile, V Social has also connected Projeto Morrinho with other similar walking tours, enabling each to learn from others’ experiences.
We hope to be able to reestablish our collaboration in the future.
Shandia Lodge, Amazonia (Ecuador)
Shandia is a Quechua community located in the Talag parish in Ecuador. The Lodge was built by hand with materials such as bamboo and straw, with support from the Maquita Foundation and international cooperation. The people of the community have been trained in customer service, restaurant and hotel management, as well as gastronomy, and the income generated is used for the good of the community.
V Social has helped the Shandia Lodge to generate a strategy to strengthen the project and access Community Based Tourism certification. The community keeps collaborating with the non-profit organization Planeterra. A visit can be organized with through different booking platforms.
The Sisid Anejo community is one of the seven sectors of the Sisid Ayllu Llacta community. The community owns 7845 hectares of land from 2800m to 4100m high. Near to the most famous Inca monument in Ecuador you can experience the living culture, archaeological history, and wild nature in this community.
V Social has collaborated with the community to get their project certified as a sustainable Community Tourism project in 2020.