Classic Peru small group tour

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08 Mar 2020
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20 Sep 2020
£2795
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Responsible tourism

Classic Peru small group tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel, and they do a fantastic job of promoting having a minimum impact to the environment whilst travelling. We ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst travelling.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Machu Picchu has been South America’s top tourist attraction. However, its growing popularity has left it vulnerable to environmental degradation and sustainability issues. We are committed to aiding the conservation project at Machu Picchu and are conscious about reducing our own carbon footprint at the historic site. We are paramount in implementing the Ministry of Culture’s guidelines for Machu Picchu, such as not straying from the site’s three circuits, holding rubbish until leaving the citadel, carrying a reusable water bottle only and ensuring that soft shoes (no heels or spiked soles) are worn to protect the ground. We also encourage visits to Machu Picchu’s less visited sites like the Inca Bridge and Intipunku (Sun Gate) to reduce congestion and damage in its most popular areas.

We strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. We also encourage general sustainability such as limited use of air-con.

Community

As regular travellers, one thing that never ceases to amaze and inspire us is the kindness and generosity of local people, often people who have very little to their name. We firmly believe that they are who make these places special and that they should benefit from out visit. Therefore, as first preference, we use local guides and lodges, shops and eateries. We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate; particularly remote areas where tourism is an important contribution to the local community and economy, and an area where responsible tourism is a positive addition:

On day 7, you will visit the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca. After a 1-2 hour journey, arrive at Amantaní island where you will be welcomed by the inhabitants of the island. You will have the chance to understand their indigenous highland identity and traditional agricultural techniques, which can be seen on the terraced hillsides, as well as their traditional dance performances. You will spend the night in their homes.

On the 11th day, you will visit Pisac's market, archaeological site and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Continue to the Huilloc community, where you will have the opportunity to interact with children at the local school, hear traditional music and learn about the community's way of life; particularly their age-old weaving techniques they practise to create colourful designs.

Our belief is that all operational costs should go directly into the local economy wherever possible. Improving employment opportunities in remote regions is a powerful tool in tourism and something that goes right to the heart of our responsible travel ethos.

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