Visit and Learn
The Chol-Chol Foundation understands the importance and promise of socially responsible tourism. As part of its mission, it seeks to promote greater knowledge and appreciation of rural Mapuche women, especially their central role in socioeconomic development, the family and the indigenous culture.
Therefore, The Chol-Chol Foundation offers a learning and exchange program around the traditional Mapuche textiles and Fair Trade. A visit to the Foundation may include any of the following components, depending on the specific interests of the visitors:
Traditional Mapuche Textiles
A demonstration of the making of traditional Mapuche textiles. This process includes the spinning of the wool with a spindle, the dyeing with natural vegetables and minerals, and the weaving on the traditional loom or "huitral." A visit to the fair trade shop will provide an opportunity to buy traditional textiles produced by the skilled women artisans of the Chol-Chol Foundation.
Are you a fan of responsible tourism?
Here are general rules to promote responsible and sustainable tourism:
- Reduce carbon emissions by minimizing flying time and layovers - the worst carbon emissions are released during take-off and landing. Buy carbon offsets for flights you can’t avoid.
- Travel with respect. Learn a few words of the local language before you go and read online or pick up a book about the country from your local library. Traveling with respect earns you respect.
- Buy local produce over imported goods.
- Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts. Whenever possible buy directly from artisans themselves rather than from souvenir shops or middlemen.
- Use public transport, hire a bike or walk when convenient – it’s a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
- Use water sparingly – it’s very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.
- Ask your tour operator or hotel staff whether there are local conservation or social projects that you could visit on your trip, and if/how you could help support them.