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Responsible Travel to Peru -Empowering Communities and Enhancing Quality of Life

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 20-07-2023

Peru's rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and historical wonders have made it a popular destination for travelers from around the world, for many years now. As the number of tourists visiting Peru increases, it becomes essential for travelers to embrace responsible tourism practices. By understanding the significance of social responsibility and collaborating with local communities, travelers can play a vital role in promoting sustainable development and improving the quality of life for remote Andean communities and how travelers can contribute positively to Peru's communities through responsible travel. Here is some more information about how Valencia Travel directly collaborates with local communities in The Cusco region.


Practice responsible travel when you visit Peru.  Make sure you ´leave only footprints ´. You can help protect the environment, support local communities, and preserve the country's cultural heritage for future generations.

Local Andean Family


Empowering Local Peruvian Communities

Peruvian communities are deeply connected to their traditions and natural surroundings. Responsible travelers to Peru can play a crucial role in empowering these communities by supporting local businesses and initiatives. Opting for locally owned accommodations, dining at family-run restaurants, and purchasing handmade crafts directly from artisans injects money into the local economy, stimulating growth and creating jobs.


 Promoting and helping women in the remote communities of Peru can have a significant impact on their lives. It can also facilitate the well-being of their families in the Andean communities. Buy souvenirs from remote weaving communities like Huilloc on your Sacred Valley tour from Cusco, and be a sustainable traveler!

Women Community Members


Travelers can engage with community-based organizations that promote skill development and education for the local workforce. Through our partnership and our connection with travelers, the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op has been able to contribute to their families’ income and visitors can contribute to the socio-economic progress of this Andean Peruvian community and help enhance their livelihoods.


Visiting the Ccaccaccollo community on Cusco day trips is a great way to support local artisans and learn about traditional Andean culture and practices. It provides an opportunity to engage with the community in a meaningful way and help preserve their cultural heritage during your travels.

Ccaccaccollo Weaver


Preserving Peruvian Cultural Heritage

Peru boasts a wealth of cultural heritage, from the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to the vibrant traditions of indigenous communities. Responsible tourists respect the cultural norms and values of Peruvian societies, engaging in meaningful cultural exchanges that foster mutual appreciation and understanding. Collaborating with local cultural experts and organizations can contribute to the preservation and promotion of traditional arts, crafts, and practices. By supporting cultural initiatives, travelers actively play a part in safeguarding Peru's unique identity for future generations to cherish. Valencia Travel includes a visit to the Huilloc weaving community on many of its tours, where travelers can interact directly with the local weavers and learn the ancestral weaving techniques that have been passed through generations.


 By traveling sustainably and respectfully in the Huilloc community, on your Peru vacation packages. You can have a positive impact on the community by helping to preserve its unique culture and traditions. This is important for future generations and other visitors to this remarkable living community.

Huilloc Country Fair


Protecting Peru's Natural Wonders

Peru's natural beauty is a marvel, encompassing the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains, and the Pacific coastline. Responsible travelers recognize the fragility of these ecosystems and strive to minimize their environmental impact. Choosing eco-friendly tours and accommodations that prioritize sustainability is a significant step toward protecting Peru's biodiversity. Additionally, travelers can actively participate in conservation efforts, such as reforestation projects or wildlife protection programs. Through these collaborations, visitors can directly contribute to preserving the natural wonders that make Peru such a special destination. By booking a tour with Valencia Travel you can be sure in the knowledge that our tours have zero impact on the local environment and our priority is to protect local flora and fauna on all of our treks and tours.


 Consider visiting national parks and protected areas when you visit Peru. Your entrance fees and donations can help fund conservation projects. Observe wildlife from a distance and avoid feeding or touching animals. Follow guidelines set by tour operators and national parks to minimize your impact on wildlife.

Puma in The Andes


Promoting Social Inclusivity

Peru, like many countries, faces social challenges and inequalities. Responsible tourism can be a catalyst for positive change by promoting social inclusivity. Travelers can actively support projects that aim to improve access to education, healthcare, and basic amenities for marginalized communities. Engaging with local NGOs and social enterprises allows travelers to gain insight into the real-life struggles and triumphs of Peruvians. By actively collaborating with these initiatives, tourists can help uplift communities, fostering an environment where everyone benefits from the tourism industry's growth.


 Local interaction is an essential aspect of responsible travel in Peru. Engaging with local communities on your Peru tour package enriches your travel experience and supports the local economy.  This helps preserve traditional cultures in Peru.

Local Interaction


Valencia Travel organizes visits to The Potato Park is a unique model of holistic conservation of the Andean traditional landscape with a focus on the conservation of agrobiodiversity. The Potato Park initiative seeks to conserve the landscape and nurture the diversity of native crops, particularly of the potato, and their habitat, as well as enhance the interrelations between native crops and the physical, biotic, and cultural environment, and to use such interactions to create multiple livelihood options for local people. The Potato Park initiative seeks to conserve the landscape and nurture the diversity of native crops, particularly of the potato, and their habitat, as well as enhance the interrelations between native crops and the physical, biotic, and cultural environment, and to use such interactions to create multiple livelihood options for local people.


The Potato Park is home to over 1,300 varieties of native potatoes to Peru. This makes it an important center for agrobiodiversity conservation. The park also serves as a research and education center, where visitors can learn about the importance of potatoes in Andean culture.  Visit the Potato Park on your Cusco day trips!

Potato Park Community


As you set out on your trip to Peru, remember that you have the power to make a positive impact on the communities you visit. Responsible tourism in Peru is about forging connections, preserving cultural heritage, protecting the environment, and promoting social inclusivity. By collaborating with local Peruvian communities and supporting sustainable initiatives, travelers can contribute to the country's sustainable development and the improved quality of life for its people. Let your travel experiences in Peru be a testament to the positive change that responsible tourism can bring, leaving a lasting legacy of shared growth and mutual respect. Find out more here about how by booking a trip with Valencia Travel, you are directly contributing to local Andean communities.

As part of your Peru vacation packages, you will visit local communities. Learn about and respect the local customs, traditions, and etiquette to show appreciation for the local culture.

Living Culture