The Climate Emergency and Low-carbon Tourism
One of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis is the travel industry. According to a study published in the Nature Climate Change Journal in 2018, the travel and tourism sector accounted for about eight percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2013.
Should we suppress our wanderlust in favor of the environment, or should we teach ourselves to pursue transformative and regenerative travel that helps rather than destroys our planet?
Travel & Tourism sector contributes to 10.4% of global GDP, and is directly responsible for generating one in 10 of the world’s jobs.
The guidelines recommend adopting low-emission technologies and behaviour change in tourists. It also recommends companies to optimise resource use, reduce their operation costs, and increase their efficiency while improving their environmental performance and tackling climate change.
Tourism and hospitality industries are responding to consumers’ demand for sustainable travel and reimagining the future through innovative ideas to reduce their environmental impact such as eliminating plastic, banning single-use plastic, greater acceptability of green ideas in the aviation sector, and promoting water-saving practices.
Peru is a large market for Travel & Tourism. It is important for the country’s economy and is growing rapidly. We are blended with diverse portfolio of niche tourism products—adventure, wellness, cruises, sports, MICE, eco-tourism, religious and rural (village) tourism.
We need to focus on five key areas of impact: waste, energy and greenhouse gases, water, supporting local communities and protecting nature.
Responsible and sustainable tourism becomes more important in the post-COVID era. Travel experiences will look different for the foreseeable future. Travelers and the tourism industry will need to be thoughtful, careful, and innovative to ensure safe, responsible, and sustainable travel.
Low-carbon tourism is the kind of travel that contributes the least impact on the planet whether by prioritizing the health of the environment, or by offering carbon-offsetting programs. As the world opens up again, we really cannot tell people to stop traveling, but what we can do is teach them how to travel responsibly and ethically.
For instance, we should not promote a tourism destination without respecting its carrying capacity.
I know this to be true based on my experiences as a tour operator. I witnessed first-hand how tourists willingly followed our company’s environmental rules or eco pledge. They also understood why we had to ban the use of plastic on our tours.
It’s time for all active stakeholders to walk the talk on sustainable tourism. Let us envision and work towards creating a tourism industry that values the health of the earth too. After all, it is the only one we have.
We need to open our eyes and see the realities. We need to collaborate together, unite together and make our vision and mission successful.
Together we can be the opportunity that they need to get out of poverty.
Cusco to Chincheros and Ccor Ccor Community Full-Day Trip
After breakfast we will pick you up at your hotel at around 8:00am and driveyou through theSacred Valley of the Incas, heading to the village of Chincheros and then to the Community of Ccor Ccor about 20 minutes away from Chincheros.
Upon arrival we will be greeted with local music and dance. After the welcoming, we will begin our activities in the fields. The activity will depend on the time of the year. Such as:
Agriculture: As an agriculturally based community the most common crops are potatoes and quinoa. Volunteers assist with planting, harvesting, storing, and transporting crops.
Livestock: Volunteers help by feeding and taking care of the animals and sometimes milking the cows owned by the host family.
Textiles: Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about traditional weaving skills and natural dyes by working with the women who create traditional textile products to sell at local markets.
The activities are followed by an organic lunch and a demonstration of the textile from local people.
You will be back in Cusco at around 4:00pm.
Price, USD, per person
From USD 99
It includes: Pickup and drop off from Hotel in Cusco / Activities at the community / Demonstration of textiles / Transport / Lunch
Rural tourism in Colca
2 days - 1 nt
ENJOY IT WITH YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS
Day 1. Arequipa - Colca
Very early in the moorning, we will pick you up from your hotel to go to the great Colca Canyon, we will go through Yura village behind the Chachani mountain to appreciate the Misti Volcano. We will stop at pampa cañahuas, located in Aguada Blanca Reserve, in this place we can see different species of South American camelids (vicuñas, llamas, alpacas). The next point will be pata pampa, the highest place on route 4800m, here is the viewpoint of Los Andes where we we can appreciate wonderful volcanoes of Hualca hualca, Sanbancaya, Ampato; at the end of our visit we can continue our trip to Chivay to have our lunch.
Free time in the afternoon to visit hot springs. Then, we will have a friendly welcome from the family who we will spend 2 days doing typical family activities in the Colca. Dinner and overnight in a rural home.
Day 2. Colca - Arequipa
At the appropriate time we say goodbye to the family with whom we share 2 day and we will leave the community to go to Cruz del Condor viewpoint. On the way we will stop at the town of Yanque to take some photographs of its main square and observe the performance of a typical dance. We continue our trip to the canyon and when we arrive we will have enough time for the sighting of condors, recognized as the masters and lords of the great Colca valley. On the way back to Chivay, we will stop to observe the pre-Hispanic model and the pre-Inca hanging tombs belonging to the ethnic group of the Collahuas and Cabanas, owners of the Colca Valley. Along the way, we will also stop to admire the beauty of the Maca people which have a small reconstructed chapel from the 17th century. Upon returning to Chivay we can have lunch and prepare us for the return trip to Arequipa.
Includes: Transfers Arequipa – Chivay – Arequipa / 01 night accommodation in rural homes / Transfers to metioned places
No include: Tourist ticket to Calca Canyon / Entrance ticket to mentioned places
The itineraries are subject to changes due to the weather in a particular season of the year.
Rate does not apply to National Holidays (Peru), Christmas, New Year and long scheduled holidays
Fares may change without prior notice because of the lodging or others in case of ticket entrance to touristic places of national heritage, which are subject to the Ministry of Culture/Environment of The Peruvian State
Live an authentic and unique experience
2 days - 1nts USD202
Discover the wonderful islands of Titicaca Lake! Share unforgettable moments with communities. Taste delicious typical dishes from Andes. Take part in ancestral activities such as: artisanal fishing, traditional fabrics, farming products, medicinal plants.
2 days - 1 night
Ccotos - This community is in the Capachica peninsula, at 69 km on the North-West of Puno. Ccotos community has a range of islands (Tikonata, Uki, Lagarto and Cayen). Warm accomodations belong to this community, with view on the majestic Titicaca Lake. Host families provide food for visitors.
Ccotos community has attractive assets for visitors: natural watch towers can be reached by walk paths to take advantage of the wonderful views on Titicaca Lake and its islands, like Tikonata, Uki or Lagarto Island (which can also welcome travelers). There are also two sand beaches to relax, a museum, premises with weaving loom, fabrics and typical clothes. You can also participate to a boat trip or fishing with the inhabitants. Travelers will also admire the archeological remains and some ruins of old houses.
Typical food. Host families cook foodstuffs with products they cultivated and harvested on their land, or fish they have caught in Titicaca Lake.
Taquile - this is one of the biggest islands of Titicaca Lake, well known as « The Sons of Sun Island ». There, travelers will be able to climb a 520-step stairs to reach the wonderful view of Taquile Island square. Moreover, crafts of Taquile Island are registered to the UNESCO World Heritage.
Farm tasks and cattle farming
Hiking on pre-Incas roads
Offering to Pachamama
Boating and sailboats
Viewpoint and beaches visits/hikes
Price per person, USD
USD$ 202 per person, based 3 persons
Temperature: Max. 20 ° C / Min. 5 ° C
Recommended visit: from April to October
Altitude: about 3842 masl
Llachón Community 2 days-1night
Kayaks, Uros y Taquile o Amantani, Pvt
Llachón is at 75 km of the city of Puno.
This natural landscape is rich with mountains view, pre Incas farm terraces and its small eucalyptus woods that surround the community. This is the daily surroundings where comuneros and comuneras cultivate, fish, weave and do their domestic tasks.
This visit is a rural community-based tourism experience developed by the native people of LLachon and thus an incredible way to experience the cultures of Lake Titicaca. The community members offer lodgment in their homes, provide meals, boat transportation, sailing and kayak activities.
Rural guest house
Visitors will stay in traditional rooms with Llachón inhabitants.
These rustic rooms are pisé-made; the roof is reed-made with traditional decoration.
Travelers will eat typical dishes from the region in rural restaurants specially selected for them by the association.
In guest families’ kitchens, the hosts will cook for them with local products.
Traditional fishing / Boat trip with veil boat and oar boat / Hiking / Equestrian hiking / Connection with nature and its positive energies
Price per person, USD
USD 505 per person, base 4 persons
07:00 Transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno.
We embark on the boat to go to Llachon. On the way to Llachon, we will stop by the Uros floating islands, which are away from the conventional tourist road. Our tour guide will help us understand this particular ethnic group that co-existed in Lake Titicaca with the Inkas, Aymaras and possibly with older civilizations.
11:00 We arrive at Llachon dock. Upon our arrival in the community, we will meet the local families who will host us during our stay.
14:30 Cultural presentation, visit of the Town with its craft center, ascent to Apu Auki Carus 4,200 m.s.n.m.
We return to our homes following the local paths crossing the small local farms.
20:00 Dinner at the family home with the locals.
21:00 After dinner you can request mystical sessions, such as coca reading or others.
08:00 We visit textile workshops.
09:00 Kayaks (approximately three hours)
13:00 Lunch in Taquile or Amantani.
14:00 We return to Puno in kayaks or motor boat to Llachón
16:00 We arrive at the port of Puno and transfer to hotel.
Titicaca Lake and Sun’s Island
La Paz – Puno or vice versa. Private
Early departure from La Paz and get ready to sail the highest lake in the world. The journey begins arriving at Copacabana, home of the famous Miracle Virgin María, kept at the 400-year-old church of Candelaria, make sure to follow the locals at bringing your wishes to her attention, she might just grant them. From here we take a boat to the Sun’s Island, which legend has it that the Incan empire was born at, a millenary culture that still leaves traces of their traditions, for example, the apthapi, one of their customs that you’ll be able to take part of as you have lunch in a community focused experience. Hike the ancient steps to find ”La Fuente de la Juventud” or the Spring of youth, enjoy a wonderful scenery and arrive at a balcony that lets you take a moment to realize the magnitude of this lake as seen from above. Get in touch with the locals, once in a lifetime opportunity of trying on authentic clothing and learn the making process, the meaning of the native culture and get to understand a vision of the world very different from what we think. From here, it’s time to take a ride to Puno, as your next destination.
Includes: Private land transportation, motor boat / Bilingual Spanish / English guide / Entrance to the island / Lunch
Not included: Drinks
The Salar de Uyuni is located in southwestern Bolivia. It is the largest salt desert in the world, with an area of 10,582km², located at about 3,650 meters above sea level. It is called the mirror of the world because of the mirror effect it can produce when weather conditions are right.
It is one of the 25 natural wonders of the world, a tourist site that everyone who travels to Bolivia should visit. However, these millions of kilometers hide another terrible reality in the surrounding communities: it is the poorest area of Bolivia.
In the Salar de Uyuni region, 80% of its inhabitants live in poverty, their work opportunities are minimal.