Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income for many countries. However, like other forms of development, tourism can also cause its share of problems. This continuous growth place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats and indigenous cultures, which are often used to support mass tourism.
Being aware about the impacts of tourism has led many tour operators, like Explorandes, to seek a more positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. Now, there is a broad consensus that tourism should be sustainable. And what does sustainable tourism mean? Let´s find the answer.
What does sustainable tourism mean?
According to UNESCO, sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that respects both local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment”. In other words, it seeks to provide tourists with an exciting and educational adventure that is also of benefit to the people of the host country.
Two importants aspects or pillars in which the initiatives of susteainable tourism focus are social and economic sustainability.
Through awareness of the environment and the local culture, travellers leave behind the resources and customs that keep the local economy going strong. By purchasing local products and using local services, they help to enhance the local economy. These are the main ideas of economic sustainability.
Sustainable tourism also strives to involve the locals in the tourism industry, so that financial gain from visiting tourists stays within the community.
The social aspect of sustainable tourism pays special attention to human rights and increasing the opportunities for all members of a society. While economic sustainability promotes the idea that tourism profits be kept within the local community, social sustainability deals with the distribution of these profits. The emphasis is on preventing the exploitation of one group of a society for the financial gain of another.
Explorandes commitment to soustainaible tourism
In Explorandes we have a strong commitment to social development and environment preservation. For that reason, we have developed three projects with native communities of Amaru and Umasbamba in the Sacred Valley, and Llachón in Puno. Because of that, we invite you to enjoy a life experience with them, sharing their traditions and culture and supporting them in an alternative but better way.
In Explorandes we offer treks to the Inca Trail, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain, among others destinations, with sustainable focus. To learn more about us and our tous, please conact us.