Peru tailor made holiday, highlights

“This company has no holidays labelled as "eco" or "green"; all are created with the environment and community in mind, and this community-focused tour is no exception.”


Lima | Arequipa | Condors at Colca Canyon | National Park of Salinas y Aguada Blanca | Puno | Meeting Aymara and Quechua people | Lake Titicaca | Cuzco | Pisac Market | Andean weaving workshop | Machu Picchu | Aguas Calientes | Sacred Valley | Optional extension to Amazon rainforest

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Departure information

This trip is only for tailor made departures throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
For a real cultural immersion, time your trip to coincide with Puno
Trip type:
Tailor made. No min. age but not suitable for very young children.
Activity level:
A range of options, depending on budget and preference.
Accomm., English-speaking guide, listed activities, transport (except local flights,)
All breakfasts, 2 lunches.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

As with all our holidays, the accommodation you stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic environmental requirements. These include actively reducing energy and water usage and providing advice on how guests can reduce their own footprint through individual actions like turning off air conditioning and reusing towels. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers.

During the trip, we take care to reduce our environmental impacts wherever we can, for example by encouraging the use of public transport and using modern fuel-efficient private vehicles. Our Peruvian partner is putting in place a local carbon offset scheme, in cooperation with the Huascarán National Park and other organisations in Huaraz, to mitigate those emissions that cannot be avoided. They also run workshops with communities to explain the importance of protecting their natural resources to bring income from tourism. A good example is the Yacu Tayta project in the Pacaya-Samiria reserve, where fisherfolk have implemented conservation practices for more than 16 years, showing that tourism can actually enhance conservation.

In the UK, we work hard to ensure that our own operations are as green as possible. Our electricity supply is 100% renewable, we use energy-saving lightbulbs and recycle all our waste. Being web-based, we run a nearly paperless office, send all information by email and do not print brochures. Our Peruvian partners also share the same philosophy by using paper as efficiently as possible, working on energy-efficient laptop computers and separating their office waste for recycling. In Huaraz this is done in conjunction with a local NGO which works with disabled people to create products made from waste materials.

The Impacts of this Trip

In Peru, we try to support local people in 3 ways. Firstly, all our trips are designed to include cultural activities and meet cultural conservation objectives, so that local people gain pride in their local culture through tourism. On this programme you have the chance to visit the Amaru community, who have organised themselves to create a village tourism centre where you can take part in activities like weaving and dying typical clothes and learning about traditional medicinal plants.

Secondly, all our holidays incorporate donations to community development funds or our partner’s development fund. This money is used to assist projects in different ways across the country, from education initiatives, to sponsoring a child leukemia and deaf children project, to supporting conservation projects and community clean-ups in jungle areas. On this programme, the fees go to support El Hogar de las Estrellas but we are also able to facilitate donations to individuals and communities you will meet, in a sustainable manner.

Thirdly, we emphasise the economic benefits that tourism can bring. As well as employment, fair salaries and on the job training provided by our Peruvian partner for their own local staff, our holidays support jobs directly and indirectly in tourism, for example artisans, musicians, donkey or lama drivers and farmers. When working with local people on our trips, our central principles are that they must be given a fair price for their services, we will never force tourism on communities and we will try to ensure that their new income from tourism is used in a just and sustainable way.

On top of this, the hotels we have chosen throughout Peru have to meet our minimum standards which include providing employment and training to local people, which helps to keep money within the local economy and equips them with valuable skills for the future. We look for hotels which give something back to the community through donations or selling local handicrafts. We also buy in services from diverse preferably indigenous suppliers wherever possible, helping spread the money from tourism to more people.


2 Reviews of Peru tailor made holiday, highlights

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking the Inca Trail

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ask for lots and lots of detail to be written into your itinerary. It would seem that even Responsible Travel companies are yet to fully empower their clients with detail about the experiences and tips on how to make the most of them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our trip across Peru definitely benefitted local communities, because much of our travel was hosted by them, and because we bought souvenirs directly from the makers. However, there were limited opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and support conservation. In addition, the interpretation did not address these subjects unless asked, and in some instances the guides claimed no issues, directly contradicting published research and campaigns in local areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The overall experience was brilliant, but it did not meet up to our expectations of responsible travel.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much for your review and the detailed trip notes that you have already sent us. As a professional responsible travel consultant your comments and advice are very useful and much appreciated.

We are very happy that you had a fantastic time overall, especially with all of the communities that you stayed with. We have taken on board your comments and are looking into how we can improve the information we give to our customers, further minimise our environmental impact and increase awareness of certain issues with our guides in Peru.

We are absolutely committed to maximising the positive impact of our trips and, whilst (as you mention) we work hard to share the economic benefits of our holidays with the communities we work with, in depth feedback such as yours really helps us to understand areas that we can improve upon, so thank you.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole experience was superb - but if I had to pick one it was arriving at Macchu Pichu at 5.00pm after a day's hike to find it empty (it closes at 5.00pm so everyone had left). An empty Macchu Pichu was an unexpected surprise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Hiking boots a must (we only decided to pack ours at the last minute) and to factor in the possibility of altitude sickness. We and a lot of people we met were affected. Also...not to eat ice cream off the street - three of us were hit by gastric problems as a result, requiring a doctor and 2 days wiped out.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent. You can never argue that a 12 hour trans-altlantic flight is going to reduce environmental impact, however I think the home stays and community visits would have helped. You perhaps need to make it clearer how much of our money actually goes to the community etc i.e if the cost of a home stay to us is £200 and the family only receives £30 then it's not such a good deal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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