Peru family holiday, Cusco to Lima

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16 Dec 2017
2450
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru family holiday, Cusco to Lima

Environment

Suppliers- On this trip we work with local suppliers that share our environmental values. Our Jungle Lodge for example, has a great commitment to preserving the local habitat. Guests are advised on how to minimise their impact on the local environment. This includes information on how to interact, or not(!), with, local wildlife; to walk only on the designated trails within the forest and recycling rubbish. The Lodge is also designed and built with environmental sustainability and low impact as paramount. Local materials are used. Our guides at the Lodge share their passion, knowledge and respect for the local habitat with our travellers.

Similarly, the local partner we use for the Inca Trail has a strong commitment to the local environment and to looking after their guides and porters. Many of the porters and guides have to travel in from outlying areas and as such the Company have built a house for them to stay in pre and post Inca Trail so they are not having to travel long distances before and after the trek.

Community

Our aim on this trip is to put as much of the trip costs directly back into the local Peruvian community and economy as possible. All the hotels and hostels we use are small, family-run three star establishments. The restaurants and cafes we use are all locally run Peruvian establishments. We do not use large international chains. Our trips are led by local Peruvian guides, generally by Ricardo, who has been working with us for a number of years.

One of the highlights of this trip is obviously trekking the Inca Trails to Machu Picchu. This trek offers opportunities of employment to large numbers of the local community. Porters, cooks and guides are required. However, much of this employment is poorly paid and working conditions are not good. The local company we use to organise our trails has a commitment to the welfare of their porters-providing them with a professional wage and health insurance.

Your Tour Leader will tell you the best places to buy local crafts-from alpaca socks to silver jewellery! They share our enthusiasm for supporting local artisans and skills!

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