Eco-Awareness in Peru

Since founder Sean Travis first began leading adventure tours for one of the cookie cutter group tourism operators back in the 90’s he realized that with the growing popularity of Peru and tremendous advances made with travel infrastructure the future looked great for Peru in general.

Unfortunately, there was something ethically wrong on the horizon. He saw it becoming evident that increased tourism to sensitive natural areas and the lack of appropriate planning and management would become a threat to the integrity of both ecosystems and local cultures. Increasing numbers of visitors to ecologically sensitive areas can lead to significant environmental deprivation. At the same time, local communities and indigenous communities can be harmed in various ways by an influx of foreign visitors and wealth.

That is why he developed the Leave Only Footprints Policy in an effort to promote responsible and conscious ecotourism. At Adventures to Peru we realize most tourism in natural areas today is not ecotourism and is not therefore, sustainable. Ecotourism can be distinguished from nature tourism by its emphasis on conservation, traveler responsibility and active community participation. Specifically, ecotourism possesses the following characteristics:

*Conscientious, low-impact visitor behavior
*Sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity
*Support for local conservation efforts
*Sustainable benefits to local communities
*Educational components for both the traveler and local communities

At Adventures to Peru each of our itineraries is designed to support local individuals or locally owned businesses. We hire only local guides native to the destination. Whenever possible we support local community projects by donating a percentage of our profits. We vow to clean up after ourselves, use only eco-responsible local operators and stress conscientious, low-impact visitor behavior.

Home Office Practices
In our daily work practices, we support the ongoing efforts of the new born recycling industryin Peru and only use paper products that average a thirty percent post-consumer recycled content. We encourage use of alternative transportation as well as mass transit.
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