Tourism in one of the biggest activities of enjoyment around the world. However, this can come at a cost. If tourism is done without responsability it can cause many negative effects to the environment and, in consequence, to the community. That is whay the concept of ecotourism is gaining popularity very quickly among the travellers of today. The objective is to make only a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. And how can travellers can achieve this? In Explorandes we give you 5 ways to practice sustainable tourism while trekking in Peru.
1. Respect local costums
Traveling offers an amazing opportunity to learn about other cultures. So, you have to be aware of the cultural change. It is important to respect and celebrate traditions, and be aware of cultural norms relate to dress code, language, food etiquette, and general behavior.
2. Minimize your waste
As a traveller, you should avoid creating an excess of waste and pollution. So, you can take small actions such as avoiding the use of disposable plastic products, such as shopping bags and straws. For examnple, you can use reusable water bottles or carry along your own cloth bags. Always carry a bag for your trash as you travel and leave the place even better than how you found it. This will help you contribute in preserving the nature and wildlife.
3. Take local transport
While it may not always be an option, instead of flying short distances, take the time to travel by local transport such as buses, trains and alternative methods. Explore destinations in the countryside by foot, horse or bicycle. This will give you the opportunity to spot some breathtaking landscapes. These options have the dvantage of reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Preserve water
Limiting water wastage is a very important part of sustainable tourism. While showering and washing up are essentials, you can always take shorter showers and make sure you turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth. Furthermore, wash clothes by hand when possible.
5. Shop and eat locally
Support local businesses that employ employ locals. You can do this by buying souvenirs and more from local artisans, and at the same time, encourage the preservation of their cultural heritage. You can also eate locally and dining in restaurants that use local ingredients. Usually, you get the best meals for a fraction of the cost of big restaurant chains. In general, this is a great way to support their work and effort.
If we all take these small steps towards more ecofriendly tourism, it will make a huge collective difference.
Explorandes is a ecofriendly tour operator, tha is we encourage travellers to practice sustainable tourism while trekking in Peru. To know more about our tours and services, please contact us.