For our special Responsible Travel issue, T+L searched far and wide to bring you 13 exclusive offers that allow you to save money and contribute to worthy causes
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Under the Sea Weekend package at the Fairmont Copley Plaza ( 138 St. James Ave.; 800/257-7544; What’s Included One night in a Fairmont Room with an automatic upgrade based on availability; two tickets to the New England Aquarium; plus, $10 from your stay will be donated to the aquarium’s North Atlantic Right Whale Research Project, which works to ensure the survival of this threatened species. Cost From $299, double, from November 1 through December 30. Savings 22 percent.

British Columbia

Go Green package at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (4545 Blackcomb Way; 866/383-9423 or 604/904-7169; What’s Included A four-night stay; one three-day lift ticket per person; one ayurvedic oil massage per person at the hotel spa; and daily breakfast for two, offering locally grown, sustainable, and fair-trade products. Cost $239 per person per night, double, December through March. Savings 20 percent.

Costa Rica

Travel + Leisure package at Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge (San Juan del Sur; 506/232-6449; What’s Included Three daily meals for two, made of locally grown or bought ingredients; a three-hour reforestation tour during which you’ll plant a tree in the lodge’s tropical dry forest reserve. Cost $241, double, from November 1 through December 14 (four-night minimum stay). Savings 21 percent.


Inkaterra Cloud Forest package at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu (800/442-5042 or 51/1610-0400; What’s Included Two nights in a one-bedroom casita; a choice of onsite eco-activities, including a 90-minute guided tour to learn about the area’s endangered spectacled bear and the Inkaterra Association’s efforts to protect it; plus a visit to the Machu Picchu citadel. Cost From $547, per person, double, from November 1 through April (minimum two-night stay). Savings 20 percent.

Inkaterra Rain Forest package at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (Rio Madre de Dios, Km. 15, Puerto Maldonado–Tambopata; 800/442-5042 or 51/1610-0400; What’s Included A three-night stay in a cabana on raised stilts; an excursion to the hotel’s private ecological reserve; a boat trip to a native farm and Lake Sandoval; and one 30-minute massage at the hotel spa. Cost From $497, double, from November 1 through April (minimum three-night stay). Savings 20 percent.

Tour Operators


The Galápagos Islands package with Mountain Travel Sobek (Galápagos; 888/687-6235; What’s Included Seven nights in a cabin aboard a 16-passenger yacht, plus a three-night stay in a standard room at the Swissôtel in Quito; three daily meals aboard the ship; and numerous walking and snorkeling educational excursions guided by a naturalist on the Galápagos Islands. Cost $4,045 per person, double, November 15–25; $3,865 per person, February 25–March 6. Savings 10 percent; plus, 10 percent of the trip cost will be donated to the WildAid ecosystem preservation project, Galápagos Forever (

Kenya 817/661-0203; Earth: Healing the Rift—A Special Cultural, Wildlife, and Beach Eco-safari package with Elevate Destinations What’s Included A nine-night stay in luxury mobile tents, divided equally between the Gallmann Africa Conservancy, Lewa Downs in Laikipia, and the Olonana Sanctuary, an eco-resort in the Masai Mara; all meals and internal flights; entry to an international festival of artists on the edge of the Great Rift Valley; and a private tour of the Gallmann Africa Conservancy, an organization that conducts cultural, educational, and environmental research. Cost $10,500 per person, double, February 18–27. Savings 10 percent; plus, 5 percent of the trip cost will be donated to the Gallmann Africa Conservancy.

Kenya Conservation Safari package with Abercrombie & Kent (800/554-7094; abercrombie What’s Included Eight nights, with one night in Nairobi, two nights at A&K’s mobile tented camp on the Laikipia Plateau, three nights at Chui Lodge in the privately owned Oserian Wildlife Game Sanctuary, and two nights at Olonana, a permanent tented camp on the banks of the Mara River; all meals; ground transportation; two guided game drives per day; and a visit to a Masai village, including a group discussion with Masai elders. Cost From $7,500 per person, double, through December 15. Savings 20 percent.

Tanzania Classic Encounters in the Green Serengeti package with Singita Grumeti Reserves and African Classic Encounters (888/808-1999 or 212/972-0031; What’s Included A discounted stay at Singita Grumeti Reserves’ Sasakwa Lodge or Faru Faru Lodge & Sabora Tented Camp; all meals; two Land Rover safaris per day; horseback riding on the grounds; all drinks (excluding champagne); and return transfers from the airstrip to the lodges and camp. Cost $1,320 a night per person, double (Sasakwa Lodge), $836 a night per person, double (Faru Faru Lodge & Sabora Tented Camp), from April through December 2008 (blackout dates apply: Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter). Savings 12 percent; plus, Singita Grumeti Reserves donates an additional 10 percent of the overall trip cost to the Grumeti Community & Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Check into New York City’s 70 Park Avenue, a Kimpton hotel (877/707-2752 or 212/973-2400; For $495 a night, double, you’ll get two organic tea–infused vodka martinis, and two 45-minute hand and foot in-room spa treatments, at a savings of 25 percent. Ask for the Green Getaway package, available on weekends only, November 1 through December (book seven days in advance).

Reserve the Lost Horizon package at China’s Banyan Tree Ringha (Hong Po Village, Jian Tang Town; 86-887/828-8822; banyan Spend three nights in a Tibetan Suite, with a hot-pot dinner for two at the hotel’s Changsa restaurant and a 90-minute massage per person, all for $1,415 a night, double, at a savings of 30 percent, November through March.

Escape to San Francisco with the Green Holiday Getaway package at the Orchard Garden Hotel (888/717-2881 or 415/399-9807; For $199, double, guests receive a one-night stay and organic breakfast for two—a savings of over 30 percent, from November 1 through December 30.

Book the Responsible Luxury package with Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa) (888/882-3742; For $950 per person, double, you’ll spend three nights at the Phinda, Ngala, or Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa; visit local schools and health clinics; and learn about sustainability projects, including farming and irrigation practices. The trip cost includes a $150 donation to the Africa Foundation ( or the Angus Gillis Foundation (angusgillis, depending on whether you stay at Phinda, Ngala, or Kwande. These funds will help communities surrounding the reserves. Each guest receives a complimentary Wild Child wristband, paid for by CC Africa; the $10 for each band goes toward conservation lessons for local students.