Galapagos and Peru tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Galapagos and Peru tour

Environment

We realise that travel and tourism can benefit as well as harm the environment, the economy and the social and cultural structures of communities. The concept of sustainable tourism - the travel trade’s principles of using tourism to benefit local communities, conserve natural resources, and bolster the survival of cultural heritage – lies close to our heart. Our love and passion for Latin America encourages us to do everything in our power to protect the destinations we take you to. As members of AITO, we are committed to AITO’s Sustainable Tourism Guidelines, which means that we ensure that environmental and cultural demands are kept as low as possible.

We’ve developed strong relationships with local suppliers who all share our vision and agree to uphold a commitment to the safekeeping of the environment and local communities. We will always encourage you to keep a few basic things in mind, including refilling your water bottle, disposing of rubbish in a responsible way and not touching the archaeological remains where prohibited.

Furthermore, as a company we support the LATA Foundation, who runs social and environmental projects throughout the continent. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, they worked in partnership with local NGO, ECOAN to plant native trees. The Ecoan reforestation project aims to plant a million native trees by 2020. In the Galápagos LATA Foundation supports a youth-led campaign aiming to reduce the damaging effects of plastics in the islands. During 2018, the Galapagos Conservation Trust and the local environmental community Group, Grupo Eco Cultural Organizado, aim to reduce plastic bag use on San Cristobal Island by 50% through raising awareness across the local community together with businesses and schools.

Finally, as a company we support the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK registered charity to focus exclusively on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos archipelago. They have supported a vast array of projects since its launch in 1995, including pioneering projects across science, education and culture and raising awareness of Galapagos in the UK. The Trust strives to ensure the Galapagos archipelago is protected into the future for the benefit of its unique wildlife and for humankind.

Community

We pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America which connect travellers with the people whose country they visit. You stay at Hotel Los Niños in Cusco, which was opened with the aim of supporting the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation: a foundation that helps provide one to two healthy meals a day, medical and dental care and homework support to 600 underprivileged children of Cusco and nearby villages. You can learn more about the foundation and their work during your stay.

In Peru you take in several of the villages and temple fortresses in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you have the opportunity to interact with the local communities. Our expert guides are on hand to provide advice on the best way to communicate with the local community, what and what not to buy, as well as explaining the importance of giving gifts responsibly, and acting in a respectful way while taking photographs.

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