Responsible tourism: Family holiday in Peru, Andean adventure
Peru is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet with 1879 species of birds, of which 379 are endemic. Our local partner in Peru is the only Peruvian tour operator member of the Ď1% for the Planetí organisation which is a global movement of companies donating at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organisations worldwide. Since 2007, they have also been working with Ecoan, high above the Sacred Valley to reforest the Lares area with native trees, not only safeguarding the water supply for future generations of locals but also restoring the habitat of threatened endemic species. On tour, we travel in a small fleet of comfortable, modern, well-maintained vehicles to prevent adding to the congestion and pollution in Cusco caused by large, old vehicles. Clients are encouraged to re-fill their water bottles using the large containers provided, to reduce the amount of plastic bottles produced and waste is carried away from activities to be disposed of appropriately later on.
Both ourselves and our local partners are committed to giving back to the local communities that we visit on our tours. Our local Peruvian partner was one of the first companies to produce a porterís charter, ensuring that our porters are paid fairly and taken care of. Some of our porters have been working for the company for over 10 years. Wherever possible, we work with small locally owned hotels, businesses and suppliers and food is sourced locally, ensuring that the money that you spend on the tour goes right back to the local people that you will encounter whilst away, and contributing to the local economy. Our guides are recruited from the local communities, and as such have excellent local knowledge and can take visitors to authentic artisans to buy local crafts as souvenirs, instead of mass produced commission-based businesses. By travelling in small, personal groups, you are immersed in the culture, and with the help of your guide, have genuine interactions with local people.