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The Ten Commandments of Responsible Tourism

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 13-09-2023

In an era where global travel is more accessible than ever, the concept of responsible tourism has gained significant importance. The Ten Commandments of Responsible Tourism serve as a guiding light for travelers to make ethical and sustainable choices while exploring the world. Here we will delve into each commandment, shedding light on their significance, how they can be applied in Peru, and providing valuable insights for travelers who aspire to be conscientious global citizens. Read on for more information!


Explore ancient indigenous traditions on a Peru culture tour. Encounter local sights like this indigenous woman at an archaeological site, to understand Peru's living culture and ancient past. Join us on a Peru culture trip!

Local Indigenous Woman in Cusco


Respect Local Cultures and Traditions

Responsible tourists understand the importance of preserving and respecting the customs, cultures, and traditions of the destinations they visit. Embrace the opportunity to learn from local communities, engage in cultural exchanges, and leave a positive impression on the people you meet. Community Tourism activities, such as a homestay on Lake Titicaca, provide an excellent way to help families in a remote community and the proceeds from your stay go directly to the families who host you!


Experience authentic Peruvian culture on your lake titicaca tours from Puno. As you leave Puno to Lake Titicaca, witness scenes like this traditional fisherman along the shores of Titicaca.

Local Fisherman on Lake Titicaca


Minimize Your Environmental Footprint

One of the cornerstones of responsible tourism is minimizing the impact on the environment. Reduce waste, conserve resources, and choose eco-friendly transportation options whenever possible. Opt for accommodations that have sustainable practices, such as recycling programs and energy-efficient systems. In the Peruvian Amazon, you can stay in a number of eco-lodges where you can protect the environment as well as local economies by choosing these eco-friendly lodges that take care of the environment and avoid pollution in this pristine habitat.


Stay in Eco lodges on your Iquitos jungle tours and harmonize with the rainforest. Our Iquitos tours will take you to the heart of The Amazon, when you travel to Iquitos, Peru.

Eco Lodge in The Peruvian Amazon


Support the Local Economy

Choose to spend your money wisely by supporting local businesses, artisans, and markets. Patronize locally-owned restaurants, hotels, and shops to ensure your travel dollars contribute to the economic growth and stability of the community. In Peru, buy your souvenirs in local Andean communities directly from the artisans who make them and ensure that the money you pay goes directly to the families in these rural remote regions of Peru.


Stop off at La Raya on the Cusco to Lake Titicaca train and purchase products directly from locals. This experience not only allows you to support local communities but also offers a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the Andean people.

Local Weavings at La Raya


Respect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Responsible tourists prioritize the welfare of animals and the preservation of natural ecosystems. Avoid activities that exploit animals for entertainment or disrupt their habitats. Seek out ethical wildlife experiences and follow guidelines for responsible wildlife viewing. Take a responsible tour of The Tambopata Reserve with Valencia Travel and listen to knowledgeable guides who will show you how to preserve the natural habitat of rare animal species as well as directly contribute to their welfare and protection, and how to be a perfect sustainable tourist.


15 days in Peru offers spectacular wildlife at a Madre de Dios lodge. Witness this and more on your two week Peru itinerary.

Poison Dart Frogs in Tambopata


Practice Sustainable Transportation

Opt for eco-friendly modes of transportation such as walking, biking, or using public transportation whenever possible. When long distances are involved, consider carbon-offset programs or choose airlines with firm sustainability commitments. Peru is the center of South American hiking. Take a lesser-known trail such as The Choquequirao trek with Valencia Travel to help preserve the more tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu, which are affected by "over-tourism".


Set out on an exhilarating cycling adventure as part of your Sacred Valley tour from Cusco. Highlights include the fascinating sites of Maras and Moray.

Cycling in The Sacred Valley


Reduce Plastic and Single-Use Items

Plastic pollution is a global crisis, and responsible tourists do their part to combat it. Bring reusable items like water bottles and shopping bags, and say no to single-use plastics. Participate in beach clean-ups and community efforts to tackle plastic waste. In Peru you can fill your water bottle with purified water in all hotels, so make sure you bring your refillable water bottle!


Take your refillable water bottle on your Peru adventure tours along The Slkantay Trek

Refillable Water Bottle


Travel Ethically

Choose tour operators and travel agencies such as Valencia Travel that prioritize responsible tourism practices. Research their commitment to sustainability, ethical labor practices, and community engagement. Ensure that your excursions and tours align with responsible tourism principles dictated by the local government.


How to spend 9 days in Peru.  Visit local markets and buy from local producers on your 9 day Peru itinerary and immerse yourself in local culture.

Peruvian Market Seller


Learn and Educate

Responsible tourists are lifelong learners. Take the time to educate yourself about the destinations you visit, their history, and current challenges. Share your knowledge and experiences with others to inspire more responsible travel. Tell your friends about the sustainable practices you experience on a Valencia Travel tour or trek.


Pack in and pack out when you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Help to keep the Machu Picchu Inca Trail trek pristine for future travelers on their Inca Trail trips.

Leave Only Footprints


Practice Responsible Photography

Respect the privacy and dignity of local residents by asking for permission before taking their photos. Avoid intrusive or disrespectful photography, especially in sacred or sensitive areas. Use your camera as a tool for cultural appreciation, not exploitation. Avoid taking photos of the children in traditional dress with their fluffy llamas in the city of Cusco. These animals should be in their natural environment and not in the city posing for photos.


Take selfies or ask permission when taking photos when you visit Peru. Always be respectful of local customs on your Machu Picchu tours from Cusco.

Machu Picchu Selfie


Be Mindful of Water and Energy

Conserving water and energy is essential in destinations facing resource scarcity. Use resources sparingly in accommodations, and be mindful of your consumption. Simple acts like turning off lights and using less water can make a significant difference. Climate change is a worldwide issue and no more so in Peru where the glaciers are receding and the ice caps are melting.


Conserve energy on your Peru itinerary 7 days and reduce environmental impact. On your one week in Peru, you can have less impact on the environment!

Save Electricity


The "Ten Commandments of Responsible Tourism" serves as a moral compass for travelers seeking to make a positive impact on the world. Responsible tourism is not only about exploring new places but also about preserving them for future generations. By adhering to these ten commandments, travelers can foster a culture of sustainable and ethical tourism, ensuring that their adventures benefit both the destinations they visit and the global environment as a whole. Embrace the responsibility of being a conscientious global citizen, and let your travels leave a legacy of positive change. Find out more about how to be a responsible traveler here!


This Peru itinerary 12 days, will take you to authentic Peruvian villages like Huilloc.  Support local communities on this Peru express tour and directly contribute to indigenous people in Peru.

Huilloc Community