Gerard “Ged” Caddick founded our company in 2004 after over fifteen years of working in the Expedition Travel industry. Ged has led many trips for Lindblad Expeditions, International Expeditions, World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and the American Museum of Natural History as well as many College Alumni groups, the National Audubon Society and the Smithsonian Institution. Ged also lived in Belize, Central America for a number of years in the late 1980’s and worked in the Conservation of Endangered Species for twelve years before becoming involved in the Expedition Travel industry.
We utilize locally owned lodges, restaurants and operations and importantly we always employ local guides in each destination, who provide detailed knowledge, enthusiasm and insight to all the destinations we visit. Additionally we have a Conservation Partner in each destination who joins the ecotour at some point to talk about their work, and share with us the challenges, successes and perhaps failures of conservation work on the front lines. This unique and detailed “behind-the-scenes” access is what makes the company different from a normal tour and sets us apart as being committed to the conservation challenges facing the places we visit.
We pledge to engage in "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people". Hence we adhere to the following principles:
- Minimize impact
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
- Support international human rights and labor agreements.