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Our Sustainability Promise

Sustainability is at the Core of What We Do

There cannot be tourism without tourists. While that might be obvious, the same principle can be used when it comes to sustainability. Without the active participation of the traveler, there will be no sustainability. All of our actions bear consequences, which is why every one of us has to make a conscious decision towards a more sustainable future. That is the same reason for us to incorporate sustainability into every detail when we’re planning your Peru trip. For example, we have measured the impact of all of our tours and attributed a Sustainability Score to each of them. 

Our mission:

Improving living conditions in Peru through developing and promoting sustainable tourism.

For us at RESPONS, sustainability is at the heart of operations and you will find that it is integrated into everything we do. It starts with the small things – like switching off the lights, picking biodegradable packaging for our guests’ snacks, or using double-sided printing mode – and it extends to immersing our guests into the Peruvian culture, up close, maybe even forming global friendships, but most importantly creating a positive impact.

We implement a variety of Travelifecertified, globally accepted sustainability practices, and even go beyond. These include measures for our internal processes, like fair treatment of our employees and recycling, as well as the fact that all of our staff members are informed of our sustainability policies and act accordingly.

Rural communities and families are our highlights. They are the true richness of Peru and we work shoulder to shoulder to provide them with additional incomes and, at the same time, offer alternative experiences to our travelers.

Also, we contribute to the preservation of local culturally-, historically-, archaeologically-, and spiritually-significant sites. It is our goal to give our guests and future generations the purest, most authentic experience possible.

This is what we do in order to achieve that goal:

Our Promise

  • We only choose partners that align with our sustainability philosophy and implement sustainable methods. These are regularly monitored by us. Each partner has to comply with all national standard laws and use adequate measures against corruption, inequality, child sexual exploitation, and other criteria within the supply chain, otherwise we will terminate the contract.
  • We integrate as many sustainable transportation methods as possible and advise our guests on the best options to keep CO2 emissions down.
  • We prefer accommodations that: (1) Employ local communities and are locally owned and managed; (2) Comply with sustainability and quality standards; and (3) Are transparent about their sustainable measures.
  • We do not offer any excursions that could harm people, wildlife or nature, or are culturally and socially unacceptable. Our guides are skilled to guide you in cultural, ecologically sensitive, and heritage sites.
  • We prefer to work with locals, whether it is our guides or our drivers. Of course, they have also been trained in sustainable practices!
  • We choose destinations on the basis that they are not impacted negatively by tourism and can be reached by more sustainable means of transport.

These measures are just a fraction of what we do to minimize negative impacts and improve the life of the locals, who are our friends, and we would like them to become friends with our guests as well. Keeping in mind that they invite us into their home, so we should honor their culture and living space.

Blogs about Sustainability:

Some of our most sustainable tours:

  • The quickest Colca tour
    Local homestay in the Colca Canyon. Community-Based tourism in Coporaque, Colca Canyon, Peru | RESPONSible Travel Peru

    Quick Colca Canyon visit with homestay in Coporaque

    2 Days, 1 Nights
    Availability : All year round
    This sustainable excursion from Arequipa takes you to the Colca Canyon's highlights and a wonderful […]
  • Like traveling back in time
    Young woman and villager enjoying the spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca, from Vicos, Huaraz, Peru | Responsible Travel Peru

    The most authentic community experience in the Cordillera Blanca

    3 Days 2 Nights
    Availability : All year round (Apr-Dec preferably)
    Immerse in one of the most authentic Andean communities with this popular active three-day experience […]
  • The first RESPONS experience!
    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

    3 Days 2 Nights
    Availability : All year round (Apr-Dec preferably)
    This is the first tour of RESPONS ever; our top-favourite evergreen of community-based tourism! Vicos […]
  • The most active version!
    Hiking an Inca Road to Machu Picchu - Coffee Route - RESPONSible Travel Peru

    Adventurous Coffee Route Hike to Machu Picchu

    4 days, 3 nights
    Availability : April-December
    Discover the upper jungle around Machu Picchu in a sporty way. Come with RESPONS on […]
  • Practical & unique
    A stone gate at the top of Tikonata Island, Lake Titicaca | RESPONSible Travel Peru

    From Puno to Cusco the RESPONSible Way!

    3 Days 2 Nights (longer version of "Quick Titicaca experience from Puno to Cusco")
    Availability : All year round
    The most practical way to visit Titicaca's hidden gems and have a unique experience on […]
  • Active and Unique Expedition
    Lake Morón in the desert by Ica is a true hidden gem and makes for a wonderful hike through the desert - RESPONSible Travel Peru

    Quick magical desert experience

    2 Days, 1 Night
    Availability : All year round

    Get to know Peru’s less-known, but not less wonderful, desert and spend an unforgettable camping night there.

    Get to know Peru's less-known, but not less wonderful, desert and spend an unforgettable camping […]
  • Once in a lifetime adventure
    Child Matsiguenga posing for our photographer | Responsible Travel Peru

    Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

    6 Days 5 Nights
    Availability : From April to November
    The Manu Biosphere Reserve has always been the territory of ancestral peoples such as the […]
  • Active and Unique Expedition
    The dunes take shapes of great beauty and walking on them is a great experience | Responsible Travel Peru

    The magical desert

    4 Days, 3 Nights
    Availability : All year round

    Enjoy off-the-beaten-path and unique places of the south coast desert, combining natural beauty, wildlife, communities, archaeology and history.

    Enjoy off-the-beaten-path and unique places of the south coast desert, combining natural beauty, wildlife, communities, […]
  • Meet the people of Manu
    Rosbert with the indigenous team of Albergue Pankotsi in Shipetiari, Manu National Park. Community-Based and Sustainable tourism with RESPONSible Travel Peru.

    Two communities of Manu. A visit to Shipetiari and Shintuya

    5 Days, 4 Nights
    Availability : April-November
    This tour provides a great balance between a nature tour and a cultural one, given […]
  • A feel good tour
    Lush cloud forest and river flowing down to Manu plains | RESPONSible Travel Peru

    Manu Spirit, Nature and Culture

    4 Days, 3 Nights
    Availability : April-November
    The right amount of time for all that Manu offers, including wellness activities. Experience a […]

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