The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
This trip to the Galapagos and onto ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru has been designed to run with minimal impact on the regions we are visiting and to ensure that any effect our trip does have on the region is positive. Our trips provide travellers with real life experiences from the best local restaurant to try ceviche, to spending time with a local community en route to Ollantaytambo and (on market day) honing your bartering skills with local artisans. Throughout this trip we do everything we can to ensure that the financial benefits from our travels find their way to local businesses and community initiatives, rather than larger corporations. We stay in smaller, often locally owned properties and tend to favour traditional, often family run restaurants when dining together; great for sampling traditional local specialities!
Our staff ‘on the ground’ are all recruited locally, from your group leaders who will accompany each leg of your trip, to the porters who will support and assist you on your Inca Trail trek. Your guide on the Galapagos will be a qualified Naturalist trained by the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and will be highly knowledgeable on the Islands themselves, the flora and fauna, along with the conservation and environmental issues affecting them.
On the Galapagos Islands we support the work of The Galapagos Conservancy, the largest source of private support for conservation efforts in the region. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) which will be visited on Isla Santa Cruz.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to take steps to ensure that your journey is as environmentally responsible as possible. We encourage all travellers to be respectful of their environment at all times and follow their leaders’ instruction with regard to interacting with the wildlife on the Galapagos. Whether snorkelling with playful sea lions, or attempting the perfect close up of a marine iguana, we require all travellers to listen to their leaders in order to maintain not only the environment, but also preserve the wellbeing of these amazing animals.
Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible. There are no recycling facilities on Isabela Island, so we ask that plastic rubbish is taken with the group when we leave. On similar lines, group members are encouraged during the trip to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than purchasing bottled water, contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.
As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular combination trip to the Galapagos and Peru that equates to 1,498kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure.
Discover Peru's Machu Picchu and the Wildlife-rich Galapagos
From US $4500 - US $8400 16 days excluding flights