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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

Car driving by lamas and alpacas in the Andes - Road Trip - RESPONSible Travel Peru

A Different Kind of Road Trip through Southern Peru

Selia and three young travelers showing off the dishes after the cooking class | Responsible Travel Peru

Cooking Class in Cusco

Local artisan from Pachacamac sharing with a traveler on a tour with RESPONSible Travel Peru

Stripe Test Tour

Child Matsiguenga posing for our photographer | Responsible Travel Peru

Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

Spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca from the community of Vicos | Responsible Travel Peru

Short immersion in the Andean community of Vicos

Guido assisting the locals in Vicos with opening the Pachamanca and gathering the freshly cooked potatoes. Community-Based Tourism in the Andes - RESPONSible Travel Peru

The complete Vicos experience with Pachamanca

San Martin square is characterized by the big monument to the independence leader | Responsible Travel Peru

Lima Walking Tour

Close up of a chef serving ceviche on a dish | Responsible Travel Peru

Lambayeque Gastronomy Workshop