Ecotourism: Leaving only footprints...
We are fully committed to protecting the natural world
As part of all its Peru trekking, hiking and camping
activities, Andean Adventures
Peru is fully committed to protecting the natural world. As highly
outfitters and tour
operators, we take every precaution to ensure that our hiking, trekking
and camping services
produce as little impact as possible on the environment, by implementing best
practices on all our routes,
including the Inca Trail
to Machu Picchu.
On every hike
and trek we
organize, Andean Adventures Peru
manages garbage and waste disposal effectively and responsibly. One of the keys
to effective management of garbage during any hike or trek is good planning, and this begins
food preparation. We source all the produce cooked during our hiking and trekking itineraries
locally, cutting down on our carbon footprint and benefiting the local economy
in Cusco, while
giving our guests the opportunity to try local foods.
Daily menus are carefully planned in accordance with group
size and individual dietary requirements, in order to cut down on waste. And,
of course, we use reusable packaging wherever possible, rather than single use
During our hiking, trekking and camping itineraries, at each campsite we clear
away and collect any garbage left by other travelers who have passed through
the same route, and we add this waste to the garbage we pack out for
responsible disposal. Every item we pack out for correct waste disposal is
carried in red, green, white or black bags (for general, organic, recyclable
and human waste in the form of toilet paper).
At our campsites, all the cleaning products we use are fully
biodegradable, including the soap used for personal hygiene. And at night we
use solar powered lighting, rather than battery-powered devices or campfires.
And, of course, every time one of our groups leaves a
campsite for their next day’s trekking or hiking, our staff take the time
needed to properly clean the area we have used, removing every sign that we
were ever there, except for our footprints…
If you’d like to experience the destinations and activities mentioned in this article, contact us and we’ll help you create your Peru vacation!