Peru on a shoestring, tailor made
Description of Peru on a shoestring, tailor made
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetTravel and tourism can both benefit and damage the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. We know how mass tourism, unrestricted hotel building, poorly devised tours and environmentally destructive activities can bring money flooding in and governments have, in a spirit of short termism, been tempted to accept them. But experience teaches us that in the long term this sort of uncontrolled activity can be detrimental to the country's development.
As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. We work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants. When selecting accommodation, we give preference to hotels, lodges and cruise vessels which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices.
In Peru, we have worked with the same local suppliers for many years. They are keenly aware of our priorities and seek out accommodation and services which conform to our high standards with regard to environmental protection.
We like to practice what we preach and in our London office we are assiduous in our recycling, use low energy bulbs, print on both sides of the paper and even set our washing up machine on a short cycle! Many members of staff come to work by bike. Two of our staff are active members of the Latin America Travel Association’s LATA Foundation which raises money to support social projects throughout the region.
Our dedication to responsible travel does not end with our holidays: we offer all of our travellers the opportunity donate to our conservation projects which aim to combat climate change and alleviate poverty. From installing solar panels in Panama to planting maya nut trees in Guatemala, we are proud to support projects which benefit local communities across Latin America. Our current project, the Atitlán stove programme, supplies fuel-efficient stoves to communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala in an effort to protect the environment and improve living conditions in the region.
PeopleWe pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America. This good value holiday takes you to the grass roots of Peruvian rural society in an attempt to open a dialogue between visitors and local working people and their families.
In this endeavour, we give you the opportunity to visit local markets. Filled with intricate hand-made tapestries, clothing and handicrafts, they demonstrate some of the great traditions of craftsmanship that has been handed down through generations. Here, Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley, and the stalls in Machu Picchu village are laden with locally manufactured items which make interesting gifts to take back home. Your money goes directly to members of the local community. On this tour you also visit the Uros reed islands on Lake Titicaca where you are invited to support the islanders by buying their artisan crafts. Here you will also be able to ride in a reed boat and appreciate the fishermen’s way of life.
We also take you on a boat trip to the remote island of Taquile where around 1,500 Quechua-speaking Indians continue to wear (and weave) their traditional hand-woven dress. The island is devoid of roads and vehicles. Visits to the island are closely monitored by the islanders who welcome tourists and the financial benefits they bring, but are careful to preserve their traditional way of life and are resistant to unplanned change. You continue by boat to the indigenous village of Luquina Chico on the Chucuito Peninsula. Here, a community-based tourism initiative has strict controls over visitor access. Your time here allows you to get to know some of the inhabitants and learn more about their way of life.
The hotel we stay at in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Casitas del Arco Iris was established by Dutchwoman Helena van Englelen. All proceeds are invested in the education, healthcare and training of deprived children and young people in the local area.
We also give you a glimpse of the underbelly of city life, beyond the veneer of prosperity which otherwise can be the only aspect perceived by visitors. In Cusco you stay at a modest hotel - also founded by a Dutchwoman, Jolanda van Del Berg who founded the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation. On a guided tour you visit the charity’s operations centre, where the provision of daily hot meals, warm showers, medical/dental care, homework and sports lessons for 500 extremely disadvantaged children in Cusco is funded and organised. There is no charge and no request for money; donations are accepted from anyone who wishes to contribute to the project's continuing success.