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4 things to know about Sustainable and Community-based tourism

What is sustainable tourism for RESPONS? Our view is based on the following four angles, which we seek to accomplish in all products that we develop, especially when talking about Community-based tourism, our strenght.

Environmental sustainability

A visitor planting a tree in a private conservation area in Manu, southern Peru

Through sustainable tourism, you add an economic value to the natural resources that the product is based on, and as such create an alternative for unsustainable resource use. Also, country people tend to develop a pride of their nature, and create more willingness to conserve. Of course, tourism committees should be committed to performing concrete conservation activities, for example creating native tree nurseries, replanting medicinal plants, cleaning actions or educational tours that teach visitors about the natural environment they are visiting and its local uses.

RESPONS joined the initiative

“Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency”

Social sustainability

Tourism should bring harmony in the community and not conflict among its members

A product is socially sustainable when it assures that the existing social balance in a community is not disturbed drastically because of the project’s development. A just income distribution should be guaranteed, a large part of the community members should in a way benefit from the project, every community member should know about the project and agree with it, and any conflict should be avoided, or carefully dealt with.

Cultural Sustainability

Traditions and customs are to be respected and valued

This angle is comparable to environmental sustainability, but then for cultural resources. To obtain cultural sustainability, one should not just ensure that cultural resources are not disappearing (more), but also actively engage in their conservation and protection.

Economic sustainability

So many actors intervening and participate in the tourism chain that there are opportunities for everybody

If a tourism product doesn’t sell, it doesn’t benefit anybody. Commercially, it needs to work. RESPONS is answering to a need amongst the tourism projects to improve their economic sustainability. RESPONS is a specialized agency that works in a just but efficient way with the communities to offer their products to mainstream markets. Together with you, our visitors, we will benefit a large amount of country people and help conserving their natural and cultural resources.

Sustainable tourism encourages cultural conservation and intercultural understanding. It also benefits residents, conserves resources and strives for quality instead of quantity. That is the vision of RESPONS.


RESPONS’ mission is to improve living conditions in Peru through developing and promoting sustainable tourism. We’ve implemented a business model in which all areas of human relations are respected, and - equally important - respect for the planet is incorporated.

Following this business model, we practice fair trade, foster cultural identity, promote equal opportunities, and we preserve the environment that surrounds us and other species.

Together with you we improve, day by day, on the always-demanding path towards sustainability.

Tours in Peru

Pedestrian hanging bridge over the river towards the Gocta waterfalls

Well-being retreat for women in Northern Peru

©️ Maxime Aliaga

Between the cloudforest and rainforest of Manu

Protected: Perolniyoc

Another beautiful stretch where the original pavement can still be observed, whilst hiking up from Soledad de Tambo. Hike the Qhapaq Ñan - Great Inca Road | RESPONSible Travel Peru

Hike the prettiest stretch of Qhapaq Ñan in Huaraz

Man and llamas against the impressive backdrop of the Cordillera Blanca in Northern Peru. | Llama Trek Olleros to Chavin with RESPONSible Travel Peru | Photo by Bjorn Snelders

Llama Trek in the Cordillera Blanca: Olleros – Chavín

Upon arrival in Patacancha, you will be welcomed by the inhabitants with great cordiality and joy.

Patacancha weaving experience

An offering will be given to Mother Earth to express our thankfulness for life, nature, and all that we have.

Spiritual ceremony experience in Cusco’s mountains

People enjoying local food

Family Adventure Days in Tambopata