We make use of tourism to create our projects located in highland Andean villages, to make a new social impact as well as to teach those villages about an environmental protection.
Our country is facing a wide spread of threats starting from climate changes, natural resources consumption to extreme poverty. Tourism and travelling might be involved in producing these issues. It might include a rare ecosystem misuse and degradation, cultural tradition disappearance as well as financial losses.
However, the Peru’s biggest and most varied industry – tourism, may represent an effective tool to solve the issues in the same time. In planning and responsible management, tourism may be a means for sustainable development for numerous Peruvian cities and villages in order to face such threats.
The foundation of Responsible People cooperates with local authorities, villages, organizations and companies in order to produce a better onward way for some of the most vulnerable locations. The foundation works on a more sustainable future, characterized by protected natural reserves and parks, fair trades, culture conservation and involvement of travelers who desire to create the world a better place by means of choosing a destination and a way of how they travel.
Our vocation is to create sustainable opportunities to better welfare of inhabitants in the Andes. According to the diary Economist, the Peruvian highlands are home to the largest concentration of poor people in whole South America! Many of those people live in remote and hardly accessible villages.
In Peru, rural poverty has caused the indigenous population to suffer disproportionately compared to those living in urban areas. Accordingly a survey of UNICEF made in 2009, 78% of children, whose first language was either Aymara or Quechua (native languages), lived in poverty, compared to 40% of children whose mother tongue was Spanish. UNICEF said that just 32% of native children aged between 3 and 5 attended school. High illiteracy is a result as well as reason of rural poverty. This affects women more than men. Women´s income is the major part of a family budget. Subsequently, there is a lack of indispensable services such as education and electricity (which is very costy for most of Peruvians).
Poor or none healthcare, lack of food (do not even mention its quality and low nutritive value), analphabetism and income inequality are hardships that those people face every day.
Tourism is one of the most effective means to empower employment, increase demand for local products and services, better infrastructure, develop education and bring foreign capital into these poor rural areas.
The Amazon Rainforest is considered the “Lungs of the World” and it covers Peru of 70%. Moreover, the country can pride in a big number of climates and microclimates. These represent Andean mountain range, the Amazon, deserts, semi-deserts, savannahs, seaside, etc. All these give homes to millions of plants and animals as well as humans, who are quite depend on the land too. When it comes to the air, which we breathe, or the food that the Mother Earth gives us.
These vital habitats are endangered by destruction every now and then. Particularly, the Amazon is threaten by huge deforestation due to logging, exploitation and farming. In this way, biodiversity is disappearing in an alarming pace!
As tourism has a tendency to prosper in places with rich biodiversity, it also has a unique potential to speed up environmental responsibility and support preservation efforts in those vulnerable destinations. However, if environmental protection is not promoted on the first place, tourism may pose a further risk to land and forests, especially the Amazon Rainforest.
The natural sources of the Mother Earth are very precious and we all depend on them. Despite that, people/company owners keep overusing them. Moreover, we, people produce an excessive waste, pollution and water deficiency. Production of waste and pollution are big issues especially in developing destinations that are lacking a proper sanitation infrastructure and waste management often. Insufficient waste disposal results not only in a less enjoyable experience of such a destination, but also in a harmful impact on environment as well as human and animal health. Sources of water are highly susceptible to pollution and its overconsumption causes its shortage.
Tourist industry has got the potential to create awareness of these issues and to speed-up a sustainable development in predisposed destinations. However, an unplanned tourism and undue consumption can lead to water issues and waste accumulation too.