Responsible tourism: Peru, Bolivia and Chile holiday
Water – On this tour we travel through the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest desert in the world. Water is in short supply here, and tourism can put pressure on this service which can in turn reduce the supplies available to local people. In order to mitigate this, our tour leaders inform travellers about this local problem and provide tips on how they can reduce their water use and wastage, such as by turning the tap off while brushing their teeth.
Buildings - We help to preserve the cultural diversity of the destinations that we visit on this tour by staying in accommodation options that have a part in telling their cultural history. For example, in Cuzco we stay in the Cuzco Plaza I, a hotel housed in a fully restored eighteenth-century mansion located in the heart of the historic centre of the city. In this way, we ensure that our presence in the region helps to preserve the distinct local identities of each destination.
Volunteering & Charity – We are a member of the LATA Foundation, a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting sustainable development, conservation and poverty relief in Latin America, as well as responsible business practices in the tourism industry. Established in 2008, the foundation helps support grass-root projects that genuinely benefit communities throughout the region. Donations from us have directly benefited one of the countries on this tour, by helping LATA with the planting of 20,500 trees in three communities in Peru.
Local Crafts & Culture - On this tour we encourage our travellers to visit local markets in each destination on the itinerary in order to help sustain jobs and cultural diversity by supporting local craft makers and artisans. For example, when we visit Taquile on Lake Titicaca, an island that is well known for its tradition of intricate textiles and clothing knitted by the male locals, we encourage our travellers to buy some of their the high-quality handicrafts to help support this important part of their cultural heritage and livelihood. We also visit several other cultural attractions on this tour, such as Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The economic support of these local cultural highlights directly benefits the sights’ conservation and promotion.
Reviews of Peru, Bolivia and Chile holiday
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2016 by Michael Dickerson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I loved every minute of my tour, but seeing Machu Picchu with your own eyes takes some beating, I have been to 5 of the seven wonders of the world now, and Mach Picchu is the best. Got the Great wall and Petra left to do
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't be put off by any negative reviews you read pre-booking, as its impossible to please everyone and remember its an adventure holiday which is the crux of it
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes to all of the above, places like Cusco, Puno etc must benefit massively through tourism, giving people jobs in the travel industry and selling local merchandise and foods to tourists, Tours through Peru, Bolivia and Chile are done in a very environmentally friendly way with minimal impact on the surroundings and landscapes. If Machu Picchu was in America it would be surrounded by high rise hotels and entertainment centres. But in South America the environment is the priority which is the way it should be in my opinoin
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Its a 10 out of 10 from me. I found the whole tour from start to finish completely professionally run and the organisation of it all first class. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and never came across as if they were going through the motions and reading from a script. You are never going to please everyone totally, but the emphasis is on 'an adventure holiday' and for me it completely fulfilled my adventure ambition