Waste – Our offices around the world are committed to recycling 100% of our used paper and cardboard. We also do not print documents or emails unnecessarily, and documents we do need to print we print on both sides of the page. The blank sides of waste printer paper are re-used as note pads and we purchase stationery, toilet paper and paper towels made of recycled materials or materials from renewable sources wherever possible. When office equipment is due to be replaced, old computers are sold-on to be reused or are recycled – they are not sent direct to landfill. We recycle printer cartridges and purchase recycled cartridges wherever possible, we buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones, we minimise the use of disposable CDs and finally we recycle old mobile phones, CDs, and old currency.
Transport – We try to use local public transport wherever possible in order to lessen the tour’s carbon emissions. For example, we take a train to Machu Picchu from Cuzco, we take a public bus from the Bolivia-Chile border to San Pedro de Atacama and we take a public bus from Santiago to Mendoza. On excursions to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Valley of the Moon we use pooled-service minibuses. When staying in large cities, such as Lima, Santiago and Buenos Aires, we encourage our travellers to make use of public transport in the daytime, or to go on walking tours to see the cities’ cultural and historical highlights.
Volunteering & Charity – We are a proud member of the Latin American Travel Association, a UK-based charity that aims to promote sustainable development, conservation and poverty relief in Latin America. The foundation, established in 2008, supports grass-root projects that genuinely benefit communities throughout the region. Donations to LATA from us have directly helped people in the final destination of this tour, as they were used by the organisation to help set up a new clinic that provides free dental care to disadvantaged children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Friends & Neighbours – On this tour we ensure that local economies benefit from our business by using locally owned and managed accommodation and employing local people as expert guides. Tour leaders will also encourage clients to eat at locally-owned restaurants. For example, in Lima and Puno, we recommend our clients to go out to a local restaurant to try the national dish, ceviche. This practice means that clients have a more authentic experience of local cuisine and culture, and local businesses benefit directly from our presence in the area, rather than the money going to international chains that take their profit overseas.