This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Peru vacation, tailor made tour
We believe it is critical that local people be made active partners in developing a local tourism industry and driving conservation efforts. Money generated by tourism should stay in and directly benefit the community. This means hiring local guides, staying in locally owned hotels, and using the local transportation infrastructure.
The philosophy carries over to our successful micro-grant program, that provides funding for small, grassroots projects in the countries we visit. In Peru, we have awarded grants to reforestation projects, operations at a women's shelter, reconstruction of buildings, village irrigation systems, sanitation systems, and a conservation of traditional handicraft techniques. By traveling with us, you help to fund such projects.
Conservation at home is as important to us as conservation in the field. Our office promotes cycling and car pooling to work - winning our city-wide commuter challenge two years running. Those in big cities might be surprised to learn that only a few items like aluminum cans are recycled by the local sanitation company. Since that's not good enough for us, we pay for a private recycling service that collects all of our paper, plastic, cardboard, and cans. All of our paper is made from 100% post-consumer material and our brochures use soy-ink - an expensive but earth friendly alternative to traditional inks.
On this trip, travelers overnight with local Uros people on Amantaní Island and enjoy a homestay with a local family in the village of Sibayo. This is a unique opportunity for travelers wanting to experience the daily and communal life of a rural Peruvian village. Of course, funds generated from these homestay tours go to the families and communities that are involved. Travelers will also visit Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). The CTTC is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to aid in the survival of Incan textile traditions and to provide support to weaving communities. Working with the Center, Quechua weavers and their families in the region of the former Incan capitol are engaged in skills-building, community networking and market development. For the past three years, 90% our Peru travelers have visited CTTC (Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco) when in the Sacred Valley.
Our escorted trips use local guides and support staff exclusively. Many of the local guides we use hold degrees in their region's history, biology, archaeology or a related field. Certification programs are required; many also participate in an apprenticeship before they are allowed to lead tours on their own. Our Peruvian guides speak English, Spanish and Quechua. All guides are thoroughly researched and hand-picked by our staff or a trusted affiliate. Both our guides and our travelers are all versed in the “Leave No Trace” principles.