Caring for Latin America

Getting to know Latin America has become a common dream among travelers. With its diverse flora and fauna, its national parks and its glaciers, lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, this region enjoys an indescribable wealth of cultural heritage and natural wonders. Yet sometimes we seem to forget that this part of the world is our home, and that we have a responsibility to care for and protect it. This includes everything from the most mundane, everyday activities like conserving water and energy or generating less trash, to incorporating more eco-friendly practices into our lives, with our family and friends as well as in the workplace.

We know that our continent faces an increasing number of environmental challenges and that the job of preserving the region entails making a greater commitment over the coming years. Aviation in Latin America is growing rapidly, and more flights will lead to more opportunities, more work and more development, but it also means that we have to make a real effort to protect our continent.

At LAN, we believe that we have a responsibility to contribute to caring for the entire region’s environment and heritage in everything we do. In addition to incorporating the most efficient aircraft in the industry that reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 25 percent, we have spent the past four years neutralizing our ground emissions in the countries in which we operate, participating actively in emblematic reforestation projects throughout the region. In Peru, we’ve contributed to a program dedicated to protecting the Peruvian Amazon. In Colombia, we’ve lent our efforts to a project in the Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor. And in Patagonia, we’ve provided 20,000 trees for reforestation following a fire in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

These important, large-scale initiatives are joined by local efforts of great impact, like the project undertaken by LAN Cargo in Easter Island and the Galápagos. The company has transported thousands of tons of cardboard and more than 350,000 plastic bottles a year, as well as electronic waste, from these islands to the mainland for processing and reuse.

We want to continue to contribute to the environment, always taking each community and town into consideration, because when it comes to preserving the Amazon, the desert or the mountains, the people who live there know best what’s needed. We invite you to also “think green” on your next trip to Latin America, so that the region’s heritage can remain as spectacular as you always imagined.


Ignacio Cueto Plaza
CEO LAN Airlines

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