Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour

Environment

In Peru we work closely with our partners who are the commercial arm of a conservation charity. Not only do they conserve large areas of cloudforest and rainforest in Peru, but they aim to protect the wildlife that lives there. Examples of the types of projects they work on would include: Protecting a 54ha area of lowland forest around a spectacular tapir lick, including protecting the wildlife from hunters; also trying to save an area of rare and unique high altitude flora from being chopped down by a tea company.

In the Galapagos Islands, the yacht we've chosen for this vacation was awarded with Smart Voyager certification for its conservation standards of working practices in the islands. This covers various principles of sustainability such as water protection (being careful about fuel spillages, and not polluting the seas), waste management (waste is binned and disposed of on the main island where facilities are available), and biodiversity protection (taking care not to transfer seeds etc from island to island in order to protect the diversity of flora species, not extracting any native/endemic species from any island ecosystem, and protecting the wildlife on each island and in the seas). It also covers the fair treatment of employees and their families, and an active commitment to promote the welfare of the local communities.

The company that organises this vacation is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. We try to ensure that nothing we do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. We believe in ensuring that travelers are well-informed, as an informed traveler tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveler. We also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.

Carbon Offsetting: Ours is a multi-award winning responsible travel company. Every person that travels with us automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on vacation. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). We also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. We also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).

Community

In Peru, our partners work closely with local communities in and near the forest areas they protect. they back them with education infrastructure and teaching materials, offer workshops and classes about the environment, and other community development projects such as arts and crafts courses to help with economic diversification.

We work with partners on the ground in each destination, and only use local guides. We also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). We are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
We also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible.

The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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