In recent years, the increase in awareness of the impact of our activities on the natural, economic and social environment has extended to the form of tourism, which has led to the emergence of a new way of traveling called responsible tourism.
Responsible travel seeks to contribute to the maintenance and protection of the patrimonial, cultural and natural assets of the destinations with the ultimate goal of promoting sustainable development and contributing to strengthening the local economy through the creation of employment and the consumption of local products. Responsible travel seeks to minimize the negative impacts on the ecosystem, economy, society and culture of the place where the tourist activity takes place, not only from the point of view of the traveler but also taking into account the businesses or institutions involved in the offer and promotion of tourist services.
Responsible travel, sustainable tourism, ecotourism ... These are concepts that are sure to sound but in which you may not have deepened. But do not worry, in some of your trips you will have already exercised as a responsible tourist. And it is not difficult, here we provide these responsible travel tips with which we do not doubt that you are going to be a responsible tourist.
Yes. Being a responsible tourist implies that you have your trip well organized, planned well in advance and with everything necessary to avoid "impacts", never better said, in your expectations or in your pocket.
Opt for efficient driving that saves energy or with reduced or no emissions (electrical) emissions. Try using public transportation, and, when feasible, moving on a bicycle or walking.
These are establishments or apartments that are responsible for the environment according to their location, the materials with which they are built or the type and use of energy.
They are a way to reduce the consumption of paper and avoid generating waste of more. Try to always have reservations, tickets, maps, guides or invoices in digital format on your smartphone or tablet.
Who has not ever left the card in the room and the air conditioner has been running for hours? In addition to the business accounts, with this waste of energy we are damaging the territory to which we have traveled and the planet in general.
Also avoid buying objects made with materials obtained by methods such as illegal hunting (ivory, fur ...) If you want to visit a zoo, look for centers that have rescued animals from abuse to initiate reintegration processes in nature. When eating, keep in mind the closed seasons of certain seafood or game, as there are places that do not respect them in order to profit.
Consumes products and services from the area and that stimulate its economy, that is, that involve other people and companies in the territory.
We must avoid imposing our lifestyle wherever we travel. Examples of responsible travel tips? Learn about uses when paying as bargaining or tips, know the ways to say hello or meal times, respect the clothing in places of worship ...
To avoid generating excess waste, it is good that, as in our day to day, we use reusable bags or bottles and avoid plastic tableware and cutlery. Also, check how it is recycled in the city or in your own lodging so that each waste is in the container that corresponds to it.
It is of the people who believe that all people should see Machu Picchu sometime in their life, so help us take care of it; so your children and their children's children can enjoy this wonder. If you decided to travel to Machu Picchu in a sustainable way, we tell you how to do it.
Before coming to Machu Picchu you should know that it is not only the Inca city or the mountains in which it is built, but all the life forms that inhabit the historic and natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. It houses more than 500 types of orchids, 100 of them can only be seen in this place. It houses around 600 types of birds and many other animals that are difficult to see, such as the Spectacled Bear (in danger of extinction). But that's not all, the fabulous green environment where Machu Picchu is built is considered one of the most amazing places on the face of the earth, and is being put at risk by people who visit it irresponsibly; but we know that there are also people who, like us, think that they should be protected. If you come from countries in Europe, you can consult institutions such as the Spanish Center for Responsible Tourism (Spain), European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality, in Belgium; the KATE Umwelt & Entwicklung, in Germany; the Associazzione Italiana Responsible Tourism, in Italy; the Association pour le Tourism Equitable et Solidaire, in France or the Agir pour Tourisme Responsable, also in France.
Once in Machu Picchu, do not bother the animals or start the plants, nor damage the environments in which they live, especially if entering by the Inca Trail; keep in mind that it is enough with the 500 people who walk their paths every day. If you are going to buy souvenirs, make sure they are not made from local plants or animal skins. In terms of social assistance, find out about projects and companies managed by locals for conservation purposes. One of the conservation projects that you can support in Machu Picchu and that you will undoubtedly enjoy is the butterfly garden, "The House of the Machu Picchu Butterflies".
Responsible travel is based on the creation of collaborations between the different parties involved, including especially the local community as a recipient of tourism. These collaborations allow the creation of associations that promote the creation of tourism models based on principles of sustainability and responsibility, taking into account different points of view.
Responsible travel involves the good treatment of part of the companies to their staff and the respect and care of the tourist circuits.
We are a different travel agency. We prepare each of the trips as if it were our own. And we do it in a close, rigorous and personal way. In total empathy with all the people who believe in Fair and Sustainable Tourism, encouraging the consumption of services provided by the local population.
This is our commitment: to work for the development and mutual knowledge of the peoples using tourism as a tool. Make travel an enriching experience for both the visitor and the visitor, always starting from an egalitarian vision that respects others and their culture.