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International Women’s Day: Travel company empowers women in remote corners of the world

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For some, International Women’s Day isn’t just an annual event, but a passion and continued effort that they strive towards every single day.

The day is also an ideal opportunity to raise awareness for women’s rights and people can be found supporting and empowering women in even some of the most remote parts of the globe.

International Women’s Day is fast approaching on the 8th of March, a day that encourages the world to celebrate the achievements of womankind and the advancements made towards gender equality. The day is also an ideal opportunity to raise awareness for women’s rights and people can be found supporting and empowering women in even some of the most remote parts of the globe.

But for some, International Women’s Day isn’t just an annual event, but a passion and continued effort that they strive towards every single day.

One company committed to this is Rainforest Cruises, a travel company dedicated to providing sustainable and responsible travel experiences within their bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime holiday packages.

Specialising in exotic riverboat and small ship cruises across South America and South-East Asia, the company is committed to supporting the local communities in these areas, particularly women.

Its Delfin Amazon Cruises, for example, support local women living in the river settlements along their routes, having established a programme that enables them to create handicrafts and artwork that is then purchased by visiting tourists. 

The programme offers women and mothers the opportunity to provide for their families and their communities, and to feel empowered by doing so. It now supports almost 50 women in each community, which has risen from the five ladies it helped when the programme was founded 11 years ago.

The programme is a team effort where community members come together for their collective benefit and the women’s husbands help to collect the fibres, bark and seeds used in the handicrafts. 

Travellers have the opportunity to enjoy the artwork whilst onboard, being surrounded by the stunning Amazonian artwork and furnishings that decorate the ships’ interiors.

As part of the cruises, there is usually the opportunity to visit malocas, or communal houses, where the women also exhibit their artwork. At present, these visits are not possible due to the Coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the local communities, but the company is hopeful that they will resume in the near future.

The luxury cruise provider is thrilled that it is able to share its passion for responsible tourism with passengers and encourage the support of local people.

Jeremy Clubb, founder of Rainforest Cruises, said: “Authentic, immersive experiences can only be achieved through slow travel, partaking in real and positive social exchanges with the locals of the destinations you visit along the way; none more so than with the communities of the Amazon.”

To learn about their way of life first-hand is a real privilege, and the chance to reciprocate – and remind yourself – of such enriching moments by purchasing keepsakes, provides these women – true artisans who work with such enthusiasm and creativity to craft these beautiful products – with the means to support their families, the community, and preserve their rich cultural heritage for future generations.”

It is exactly this ‘slow travel’ approach that Rainforest Cruises focuses on in order to build relationships with the local communities along their routes, allowing tourists to fully immerse themselves in their destination, through excursions including naturist-led discussion of the rainforest’s medicinal plants and a visit to a Shaman to learn about the local healing and spiritual traditions.

From the three cruises available, the Delfin III Amazon Cruise is a 5-star luxury adventure retreat in the heart of the rainforest jungles of South America. The cruise takes a ‘slow travel’ approach, allowing tourists to fully immerse themselves in the experiences they have during their tour.

Rainforest Cruises are currently offering 50% off a second passenger when staying in double occupancy on board the Delfin III but also its sister boat, the Delfin I. Perfect for anyone looking for a last-minute break, this is available on selected departure dates until April 2022. 

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