Sustainable Tourism and Social Responsibility

In Chaska Tours, we constantly promote and practice responsible tourism that will benefit future generations and local indigenous communities without damaging the environment."

Aware of the negative impacts that produces our operation, our team, support staff as official tourist guides and all of our passengers we are committed to minimize the negative impacts to the environment and indigenous communities fulfilling our Responsible Travel Policy and the management of good practices in Chaska Tours.

We are aware in the consumption of water, electricity, paper and the proper management of solid waste with the support of entities specializing in recycling and disposal.

The sustainability of both environmental and cultural within our tourist activity must ensure that the impacts of this do not destroy our natural resources nor the historical continuity of the indigenous populations, by contributing to distort their habits, behaviors, customs, traditions or create identity conflicts.

We understand that the most vulnerable of the tourist attractions is the living culture of the indigenous communities, because it is exposed in an open market without having almost no policy of cultural preservation or conservation. Previous governments have not created regulated measures for their protection to conserve their language, customs and way of life and the Andean people run the risk of being lost gradually forever.

Sustainability in our tourist activity is: "ecologically bearable in the long term, economically viable and equitable from a social and ethical perspective for local communities and has to contribute to sustainable development, integrated into the natural environment, cultural and human, and must respect the fragile balance that characterizes many destinations and above all has to consider the effects for the induced effects on the cultural heritage and the elements, traditional and dynamic activities of local communities".

It is clear that we must encourage, responsible tourism that ensures its cultural continuity with a strong sense of identity.

Another objective of Chaska Tours is to contribute to the economic development of indigenous communities.

It is that during these 18 years of existence, we have been including in our tours, visits of indigenous communities and now these same indigenous communities have endeavored to enter into tourism placing value in its cultural attractions. Chaska Tours is offering more intensely to our passengers the option to include in their travel itineraries a visit of indigenous communities to engage in a cultural exchange and thus enriching their experiences living and sharing traditional activities such as textile art, ceramics, ethnobotany, agriculture, gastronomy, music, dance and the Andean worlview.

We are currently supporting the Indigenous Communities of Willoq, The Yachaqs and Chinchero, by hiring their services of gastronomy, lodging and activities for the enjoyment of our passengers.

The activities that the indigenous communities offer are: textile art, ethnobotany tours, Cooking classes with typical products of the area, agricultural work, cultural exchange with the families, offerings to the Pachamama, pachamanca and others.

We encourage our passengers to buy handicrafts of local expression at a fair price.

All the families of the communities participate in the provision of services.

Each service and/or activity within the indigenous community has a price per passenger. The services maintain a good standard of quality and the revenues are distributed evenly among all the families that participate.

We are currently in the process of conversation to sign an agreement with the community of Willuq and The Yachaqs to support them with training and implementation of an internal regulation and the Code of Conduct in indigenous communities as part of the improvement of service.

It should be mentioned that we are happy to hire cooks, porters and muleteers from indigenous communities who have been trained and provide guaranteed services and a lot of love.

Our cooks prepare delicious meals using security protocols and hygiene in the handling of food and drinks and our muleteers always worry about their mules or horses, taking care of their diet and not to exceed the weight.

In addition, our suppliers at the local, national and international levels are also a very important part of our operation. They share our vision and are committed to providing good services.

Together we make a friendly and responsible team, offering excellent and quality services, respecting human rights and caring for the environment for our passengers so they can leave Peru satisfied with great memories knowing they contributed to minimize the negative impacts of our operation.

And meanwhile we can do something more, supporting economically the Aldeas infantiles de Cusco and the Proyecto Picaflor.

The protection of children and adolescents from sexual exploitation is also our concern.

Our desire is that our mutual work remain sustainable for the long term and both Chaska Tours and our passengers make a difference!"

Thank you for choosing Chaska Tours.