TREKKING WITHOUT A TRACE – HOW WE MANAGE GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Trekking Without A Trace – How We Manage Garbage Disposal

With the pristine Andean peaks always beckoning in the background, trekking is unsurprisingly one of the most popular tourist activities in Peru and one of the best ways to truly discover Peru’s breathtaking natural landscapes. On our treks, we make it our priority to leave the environment exactly how we found it. We call it trekking without a trace.

Here’s how we do it and how you can help us on your trek through Peru’s stunning natural world.

HOW WE DO IT

Cleaning up after ourselves on the trail and giving back to the environment begins with our Explorandes team, to include both our staff in the office and our guides and support crew on the front lines leading your trek. Each and every one of our staff members believes in and understands the value and importance of responsible and sustainable tourism.

One of our biggest objectives on the trail is to properly dispose of and manage our waste so that we’re minimizing any impacts on the soil and land and avoiding any overall environmental degradation. We see this as not just our responsibility, but also the responsibility of everyone involved in the trek from the cooks and kitchen staff to the porters, guides, and logistics supervisors and even you, the traveler. It takes all of us working together to leave no trace on a trek.

Our trekking guides and support crew follow a strict waste disposal code of conduct with sensitivity to the local communities. It includes how we separate waste, which bins are used, how we communicate our disposal practices to you at each campsite, and how to correctly record our total waste by weighing it in the field. On some treks, we also register the total amount of garbage collected by trek’s end.

THE FOOD WE EAT

When planning our treks, we put a lot of thought into how we can minimize waste through sustainable cooking. Our menus always include real food that is locally produced, minimally processed, and that has the least possible amount of packaging.

We avoid highly processed food wrapped in heavy packaging due to the unnecessary trash it leaves behind. It also happens not to be the best food for you on a trek with all of its preservatives and chemicals.

We have a strict kitchen disposal process that we require our cooks to follow. It involves separating all organic and inorganic waste from the day, weighing it, and then recording the data in the cooks’ report. These reports are frequently monitored by authorities to ensure that all treks are adhering to the waste disposal codes and regulations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our hope is that every traveler who treks with us sees and participates in our efforts to protect the planet. In this way, it becomes a habit that you can take with you long after the trek comes to an end.

HERE ARE SOME HANDY TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP TO MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON THE TRAIL:

  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Use an eco-friendly tour company
  • Bring your own reusable bags and food containers
  • Selectively dispose of garbage by its type: organic or inorganic
  • If you see trash on your trek, pick it up
  • Follow the rules; no smoking, no littering, stay on the marked trail, and respect the ruins
  • Use organic soaps, shampoo, and detergents
  • Avoid disturbing flora and fauna (no matter how pretty the flower is)

LET’S KEEP PERU BEAUTIFUL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Trekking in Peru is one of the most breathtaking and eye-opening adventures out there. The treks, of which there are trails for every level, encompass a wide range of biodiversity and microclimates, allowing for close interaction with rare flora and fauna every step of the way. There are sacred ruins and archaeological sites to explore and Incan paths to follow.

There are few places in the modern world where you can experience all that Peru’s natural world has to offer in a single trek. For this reason, we must all play by the rules, respect mothernature, and do everything we can to ensure these treks are available for the generations to follow.

As an organization conscious of our impact on the local and global environment, we wear our green tour operator badge proudly. We strive to create trekking experiences of the highest quality that are entirely in harmony with nature.

For more information about our treks and tours, contact us to discover the Explorandes experience for yourself. Make your next Peruvian trip the adventure of a lifetime!

Trekking Without A Trace – How We Manage Garbage Disposal

With the pristine Andean peaks always beckoning in the background, trekking is unsurprisingly one of the most popular tourist activities in Peru and one of the best ways to truly discover Peru’s breathtaking natural landscapes. On our treks, we make it our priority to leave the environment exactly how we found it. We call it trekking without a trace.

Here’s how we do it and how you can help us on your trek through Peru’s stunning natural world.

HOW WE DO IT

Cleaning up after ourselves on the trail and giving back to the environment begins with our Explorandes team, to include both our staff in the office and our guides and support crew on the front lines leading your trek. Each and every one of our staff members believes in and understands the value and importance of responsible and sustainable tourism.

One of our biggest objectives on the trail is to properly dispose of and manage our waste so that we’re minimizing any impacts on the soil and land and avoiding any overall environmental degradation. We see this as not just our responsibility, but also the responsibility of everyone involved in the trek from the cooks and kitchen staff to the porters, guides, and logistics supervisors and even you, the traveler. It takes all of us working together to leave no trace on a trek.

Our trekking guides and support crew follow a strict waste disposal code of conduct with sensitivity to the local communities. It includes how we separate waste, which bins are used, how we communicate our disposal practices to you at each campsite, and how to correctly record our total waste by weighing it in the field. On some treks, we also register the total amount of garbage collected by trek’s end.

THE FOOD WE EAT

When planning our treks, we put a lot of thought into how we can minimize waste through sustainable cooking. Our menus always include real food that is locally produced, minimally processed, and that has the least possible amount of packaging.

We avoid highly processed food wrapped in heavy packaging due to the unnecessary trash it leaves behind. It also happens not to be the best food for you on a trek with all of its preservatives and chemicals.

We have a strict kitchen disposal process that we require our cooks to follow. It involves separating all organic and inorganic waste from the day, weighing it, and then recording the data in the cooks’ report. These reports are frequently monitored by authorities to ensure that all treks are adhering to the waste disposal codes and regulations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our hope is that every traveler who treks with us sees and participates in our efforts to protect the planet. In this way, it becomes a habit that you can take with you long after the trek comes to an end.

HERE ARE SOME HANDY TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP TO MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON THE TRAIL:

  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Use an eco-friendly tour company
  • Bring your own reusable bags and food containers
  • Selectively dispose of garbage by its type: organic or inorganic
  • If you see trash on your trek, pick it up
  • Follow the rules; no smoking, no littering, stay on the marked trail, and respect the ruins
  • Use organic soaps, shampoo, and detergents
  • Avoid disturbing flora and fauna (no matter how pretty the flower is)

LET’S KEEP PERU BEAUTIFUL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Trekking in Peru is one of the most breathtaking and eye-opening adventures out there. The treks, of which there are trails for every level, encompass a wide range of biodiversity and microclimates, allowing for close interaction with rare flora and fauna every step of the way. There are sacred ruins and archaeological sites to explore and Incan paths to follow.

There are few places in the modern world where you can experience all that Peru’s natural world has to offer in a single trek. For this reason, we must all play by the rules, respect mothernature, and do everything we can to ensure these treks are available for the generations to follow.

As an organization conscious of our impact on the local and global environment, we wear our green tour operator badge proudly. We strive to create trekking experiences of the highest quality that are entirely in harmony with nature.

For more information about our treks and tours, contact us to discover the Explorandes experience for yourself. Make your next Peruvian trip the adventure of a lifetime!

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