Encouraging you to fly to Peru, with all the emissions that entails is not responsible. No way around that. But you will probably come anyway. So this is what we do to help.
In 2017 we became the only Peru tour operator to have passed the requirements to be a certified B Corps. Out of 60,000 companies who have tried across the world, so far only about 1550 have passed. Being a B Corps or Benefit corporation is a promise to use business for the good of the planet and its people. Find out more here.
Offsetting your carbon is not some guilt-free clause that allows you to carry on producing emissions as before. Everyone still needs to drastically reduce their emissions. But offsetting those we do produce, both during the operation of your trip, and throughout the year as a result of existing as a company, is something we feel has to be done. We work with a Peruvian based company called Regenera, and the carbon is offset locally, to help preserve local ecosystems. Currently, our carbon is offset in the Manu National Park, the most biodiverse place on earth, an area which drastically needs more protection from illegal logging and gold mining. Regenera works with the local communities to encourage them to act as stewards of the forest and our contribution goes to help preserve this part of the forest which acts as a carbon sink.
Spend half an hour in Peru and you will see the huge amount of waste produced by disposable bottles of water. Recycling is not the answer. What is needed is to reduce the amount of plastic produced in the first place. We have pledged to work to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles being used by travelers. We always provide large containers of purified water from which you can refill your non-disposable water bottle. We also promote the use of UV filters, water bottles with in built filters and spend time trying to convince hotels we work with to make drinking water available, rather than selling plastic disposable bottles. This last point is quite a hard task as hotels and restaurants make a lot of money from selling throw away bottles of water. You can find more about Travelers Against Plastic here.
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All porters are freelance. The fact many have chosen to work with us for over ten years, speaks for itself.
We provide a career progression opportunities – porter to waiter to assistant cook to cook.
Wilo our guide, Ernesto our storeman, David our driver and Alex our office cook, were all once porters who worked their way up.
Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
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