Choquequirao Trek Responsible Tourism
Choquequirao Trek Responsible Tourism: Since we start to operate our Classic Choquequirao Trek in Peru, we also started to ensure that tourism and tourists weren’t destroying the wildlife that visitors came to see. Our idea for responsible tourism was that it should encompass all types of tourism (not just nature based) and that it should deliver ‘better places to live in and to visit’ – with the emphasis firstly on creating better places for local people, and secondly for tourists.
We are also committed to being transparent and evidence-based about how we are seeking to increase the benefits of tourism to local people and places, in an effort to eliminate the green washing that had undermined ecotourism. Of course, the impacts that tourism creates locally do not just result from hotels and transportation – but from tourists themselves and how they act and behave. For this reason, we decided that tourists had to somehow be part of the process of thinking about and feeding back on the impacts of their holidays and the policies of our holiday suppliers.
Our Choquequirao Trek Responsible Tourism, is all about helping to share some of the benefits of tourism with local people without causing negative effects on either the environment or their culture. Local people can benefit from tourism by means of receiving an increased income which, if managed correctly, can be used to improve standards of education, improved diet and access to medical treatment. However, too often tourism makes the richest members of the community even richer i.e. hotel owners, property owners, travel agencies and shops owners, while the poorest inhabitants remain downtrodden and exploited and struggle to get their foot on the ladder to improving their situation.
Responsible travellers can help people in many of the poorest mountain communities of Peru by following some of the guidelines for low-impact, culturally sensitive and environmentally friendly travel.
LEARN ABOUT PERU
- To get the most out of a trip, seek out a lot of information, not just the obvious sources like guidebooks. Try reading some classic and contemporary literatures of the country.
- Try to check out the behavior and dress codes that will be expected of you. Visiting religious sites, markets or rural communities looking as though you forgot to get dressed that morning is probably not a good idea! Swimwear and revealing shorts and T-shirts are often only appropriate on the beach.
- One of the major impacts holidays and travels have a destination which is economic; it can be a vital source of income for many. If you want to make sure, you bring some economic benefit; find out whether there are any community or locally run/owned businesses to use in the places you are visiting.
Learn a few phrases in Spanish before you travel to Peru.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
- Trek Classic Choquequirao Trek or other trek to Machu Picchu in Peru legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or «independent guides» through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent license or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
- At Classic Choquequirao Trek; For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
- Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the Classic Choquequirao Trek – including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Choquequirao in Peru is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn’t yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don’t contribute to the problem anymore than necessary!
- After your Classic Choquequirao Trek, you can give your clothes to the porters
MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
- Exploring rainforests, mountain trekking, going through remote desert regions, all these are things that traveler’s dreams are made of. But if everyone who visited such environments did it without working out how to limit their environmental impact, damage would soon follow.
- Recycling is extremely limited in Peru. Opt for drinks in glass bottles as these tend to be re-used.
- Use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos while camping but don’t use them directly in the water as they won’t decompose.