David Knass review 8 Aug 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Rainforest at the end of the trip-we booked 3 extra days
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Read all reviews for other hints and advice and decide which is relevant for you.
Take an iPod with podcasts and/or music for long bus journeys. We don't use walking poles much but we used one for the downward parts of the Inca trail. Be prepared for symptoms of altitude (which abated without any additional treatments other than common sense after a couple of days) and pack
loperamide capsules (Imodium)!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not to a big extent but tourism is said to be 2nd most important income generator in Peru after mining.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.
We’d like to give you a little more information regarding your comments in question 3. It is certainly the case that tourism is a major contributor to income in Peru. We hope however that saw the specific efforts we make to ensure as many people as possible benefit from such an income as well as the steps we take to reduce our environmental impact.
We operate a zero-impact policy on the Inca Trail, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. We take a toilet tent for use in camp and during lunch, removing the need to dig holes at campsites, and we never build fires at our campsites. Our camp staff (porters, cooks and mule wranglers where used) are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food whilst on the trek. They are also encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities - regular training courses are held for all staff to increase their understanding of how to protect their natural and cultural heritage.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to Peru one day.