Much more than a world-class tour operator, RED designs unique experiences that create sustainable employment opportunities in rural communities, and that contribute to the conservation of species and habitat in natural protected areas in Mexico. Since our launch in 2009, RED’s founders have implemented a vision to use tourism as platform for conserving species, from the bats of Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve to sea turtles and whale sharks. Along the way, we have trained individuals and microenterprises in Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinoloa, Nayarit and Oaxaca. As part of this vision, RED’s founders launched the non-profit organization Red de Turismo Sustentable AC, which takes RED’s know-how to rural communities and works with government agencies to create tools to sustainably manage tourism in natural protected areas. Read more below about the projects RED implements in conjunction with our non-profit arm.

Preserving endangered sea turtles in Magdalena Bay

RED works with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias to recruit, train and employ fisher conservationists, creating sustainable employment alternatives, funding the monitoring, and in the process generating important data about the health and movement of sea turtle populations. By putting the monitoring in the hands of local fishermen RED and funding the participation of students from surrounding communities in sea turtle monitoring, RED is helping to create local stewards of Magdalena Bay’s natural resources.

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Reforestation in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve

The Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere reserve is a natural paradise, boasting natural springs, oak trees, and one of the peninsula’s premiere spots for biodiversity. Mining, uncontrolled grazing and logging hasten desertification, threatening habitat and the natural process that makes this Reserve one of the principal water resources in the region. Working with CONANP and local rancheros, RED created a tourism based program focused on reforestation and soil restoration, along the way providing training and sustainable livelihoods.

Strengthening individuals families and microenterprises in rural communities

Over the years RED’s co-founders have turned their know-how into a training program that, together with RED’s nonprofit arm, has benefited individuals and micro-enterprises in Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit and Oaxaca.

Meet the team

Passionate individuals sharing its passion for nature, culture and adventure travel

Chris Pesenti
Cofounder & General Director

Luis Garduño
Cofounder & Operations director

Jaime Campos
Marketing
Coordinator

Dulce Sandoval
Administrative assistant

Huber Murillo
Camp Manager and Head Chef
Magdalena Bay

Andrea Adame
Naturalist Guide

Mario Meza
Boat Captain

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