We believe that travel should be beneficial to both those doing the travelling and those that are being visited.
One of the things that sets Majestic Peru apart is that ‘sustainable travel’ is much more than simply a catch phrase for us – it’s ingrained in our values and our way of doing things.
For Majestic Peru, sustainable travel doesn’t just preserve the natural environment so that future tourists can benefit, it means that the activities of visitors support the local economy and benefit the local people in the present day.
Furthermore, as part of social sustainability, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – by respecting people, cultures and local environments; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; each and every one of them is contributing to sustainable development.
Some elements of our social commitments include:
• We pay fair and above average rates to our guides, cooks, and support staff (eg transfers, drivers, muleteers and porters), including travel days for our muleteers.
• We provide extras to staff – like penalty rates for working on holidays, uniforms , meals when working, and where possible taxis and transport
• We have a “buy local” policy and actively seek out local suppliers for fruits, vegetable and meats for treks.
•Consideration is given when designing tours to the impact that the visit will make on remote communities.
• Insurance is an element of our business: we require providers who have insurance for vehicles, accidents and their staff.
• $15 from each passenger whose service is valued at $400.00US or more is donated to the not for profit, Threads of Peru
Choose from supporting Threads of Peru who work with weavers from remote Andean communities to provide training and a market for their work via an online store or the Pacha Conservancy that works on reforestation as well as environmental education in the cloudforest area near Machu Picchu. See also our Giving Back page for more information
• Educating our clients and suppliers what is sustainable and responsible tourism and that it’s much more than band-aid solutions or marketing ploys to ‘give back’ – it’s a way of thinking and a way of travelling.
• Regular training in international ‘leave no trace principles’
• Working with like-minded suppliers who share our commitment – we consciously seek out hotels with environmental policies, or operators that give back.
• For large groups we offer water dispensers in the lobby of hotels so that people can use their re-usable water bottles, instead of buying plastic ones and contributing to land-fill
• We seek suppliers of lunches and food that use recyclable or re-usable containers.
• Regular checks of vehicles so that they are working optimally for the environment
• Offering walking options in place of vehicle transfers – good for the environment and good for the health of passengers
• In our office having lights switched off that are not in use, use recyclable paper and are conscious of minimising water use.
• When our staff fly internationally we carbon offset, by donating to a carbon neutral program.
Are you interested in learning more about Peru sustainable tourism? Please contact us!