Peru 14 day itinerary, tailor made
Services not included: internal flights, drinks, tip and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut
Description of Peru 14 day itinerary, tailor made
This Peru 14 day itinerary is tailor made, so feel free to request any changes! It includes many of Peruís celebrated highlights, including the Colca Canyon where condors soar, the islands of Lake Titicaca and the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu. Rather than just tick off the sights, this holiday allows you to experience the country on a really personal level, by staying with local families and communities for some of the trip. Itís a chance to gain a really deep insight into the culture, traditional lifestyle and wonderful warmth of Peruvian people Ė a side to Peru that many visitors never see.
1 Reviews of Peru 14 day itinerary, tailor made
Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by Kathleen Stout
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The coffee trail
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
For home stays with the local people, be open minded regarding the accomodation as the overall experience is definitely worth it.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It definitely benefited local people as they made known their gratefulness to us for visiting them - this was humbling for us.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, unlike any other holiday we have had.
PlanetThis trip takes you to some of the most ecologically significant parts of the country, including Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rain Forest. Throughout the trip you will meet communities and guides who will let you know all about their connection to the land and how their homes and lives are built around the protection and conservation of each place. By working with the communities and guides you are supporting a form of tourism that makes use of existing houses and communities and the food you eat at these places will all be produced locally.
In the part of the Amazon we visit Indigenous peoples have lived off of the natural resources of Tambopataís tropical forests and savannahs without destroying them for thousands of years. In some parts of the region, they continue to live off the land. Traditionally, certain areas were set aside for hunting, and local people managed these areas responsibly to avoid depleting the wildlife populations they depended on for food. In modern times, however, Tambopataís larger human population and greater access to firearms have resulted in unsustainable hunting levels in some areas. Fortunately, the damages of hunting have been alleviated by establishing protected areas in Tambopata, and promoting ecotourism. Nature tourism provides economic and employment opportunities for locals, allowing them to preserve the environment rather than hunt for sustenance. Today, local indigenous groups, like the Ese Eja, have worked to protect their ancestral lands, collaborating with Rainforest Expeditions on ecotourism and land preservation projects.
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 run workshops with communities to explain the importance of protecting their natural resources to bring income from tourism.
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.
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.
PeopleIn 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 program you have the chance to visit and stay with the Esa Eja communities in the Amazon and sped the day with the Chumpe Weaving community and a variety of families and communities on our Sacred Valley tour. Where you stay in communities overnight, we have you pay the money directly to the families. This ensures they get 100% of the money they charge for their services, making our tourism an invaluable supplement to their families income. Where you are visiting a community on a day trip we have ensured that the payment transaction is directly between our trusted suppliers and the community, again making sure they get 100% of the money and that the money they are paid is fair.
Secondly, all our holidays incorporate donations to community development funds or our partnerís 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.
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