Encouraging you to fly to Peru, with all the emissions that it 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 first Peru tour operator to have passed the assessments to be a certified B Corps. There is still only one other. 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 that 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 number 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 inbuilt 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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Living and working in the high Andes and Amazon rainforests of Southern Peru for the past 30 years, we have seen, with our own eyes, the realities of climate change. Watching glaciers above the Sacred Valley of the Incas visibly shrink and disappear, seeing dark holes appear in the forever glaciated Ausangate and Veronica Andean peaks, experiencing the lowest water levels, ever, on the Rio Apurimac, epic flooding on the Rio Urubamba, wildlife degradation and systematic deforestation on the Rio Tambopata are just some of the realities we have seen in our own short lifetime.
Standing by and watching it happen doesn’t feel like an option, so it is only logical we join forces with other tourism industries around the world and, today, 09 February 2021, sign up for Tourism Declares
By declaring a climate emergency, we are committing Amazonas Explorer, as the first Peruvian adventure travel operator to sign the declaration, to leading the way in Peru to take purposeful actions to reduce our carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by, at the latest, 2030 as per the IPCC advice.
We have committed to the following five actions:
Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin
All porters are freelance. The fact many have chosen to work with us for over ten years speaks for itself.
We provide 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.
We create safe, responsibly run adventures in Cusco and the Sacred Valley for lovers of the great outdoors. We are a Certified B Corps and hold all Adventure Licenses for the activities we offer.
Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
9am – 4pm local time (GMT-5)