Much more than a tour operator, RED Travel makes a positive impact in the communities we visit and for the species and habitat of our region. Whether financing sea turtle monitoring, creating reforestation programs or incubating micro-enterprises in rural communities, RED leads the pack in implementing sustainable and regenerative tourism models.
Our non-profit arm, Red de Turismo Sustentable y Desarrollo Social AC provides training and sustainable business incubation to tourism related micro-enterprises in rural communities and natural protected areas throughout Mexico. Read more about our projects in our blogs.
Our Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tourism makes up roughly 80% of Baja California Sur’s economy. Many of the people that work in this economy depend on daily wages to bring food home and pay basic services like electricity and water. RED has focused its efforts on food security to help combat these challenges. Using our reach throughout the state, our relationships from rural fishing communities to isolated ranchos, and our logistical experience, RED cofounder Luis Garduño has headed an effort to bring basic staples to homes throughout the state. RED guides and operational staff make daily excursions to bring these packages to the most remote homesteads.
Keeping local business alive and vulnerable families safe
Throughout the world we have all witnessed the closure of local businesses. RED’s sister nonprofit organization, Red de Turismo Sustentable is implementing Te invito a comer, a project to assist small eateries in keeping their doors open and providing meals to vulnerable individuals. Red provides these family microenterprises with training on COVID safety protocols, works with them to refine their operations, and links them to a network of food delivery providers. These small businesses prepare meals that are delivered to people with conditions that put them at high risk from COVID infection.