“We are very committed to moving tourism in Peru toward more sustainable and responsible tourism,” says Camille Champenois, one of our Local In-Destination Experts in Peru. A fact that is not lost on us at Baboo, wherein selecting the travel designers who work with us, we consider that their work is carried out with respect for the environment, local populations, and animals.
What kind of actions do you carry out?
“We support the local economy, selecting hotels managed by independent Peruvians as much as possible. The communities we work with receive our support (labor, financial help, material loans) when it comes to realizing new projects that benefit the local community. We fight against illegal labor and corruption, which is very common in Peru.”
“For that reason, all our guides, drivers, and other service providers are operating under the law in total transparency and legality. We are also committed to fighting against the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in Peru.”
However, sometimes concepts have to materialize in the central aspects of our programs and travel itineraries. An example: The essentials of Peru: low carbon travel.
“We are very committed to moving tourism in Peru toward more sustainable and responsible tourism”
“The Essentials of Peru” is a circuit designed and built to reduce the trip’s carbon footprint, since the international flight to Peru would already leave a significant impact. The city tours are done on foot without motorized mobility; the journeys are taken by bus or train and not in private vehicles; several visits are made by bike, kayaking, or trekking, all of which ensure a low carbon footprint.
In addition to the low carbon, the hotels are small structures managed by Peruvians, not international chains. Obviously, this trip is not carbon-free since electric cars, solar vehicles, etc., have not yet arrived in Peru, but we try to reduce the impact wherever possible.
Is there any project, community, or association you collaborate actively with?
“We work with the association Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley, which is committed to changing the lives of the children of the Sacred Valley through integrated education. Just before the pandemic, we sponsored a child from the school, but the pandemic came and affected our company so much financially that we had to put the sponsorship on hold. We hope to be able to resume it as soon as possible.”
“We have granted some financial loans to the Paramis community on Lake Titicaca to improve their infrastructure (including better roofs, mattresses, etc.). Our travelers can go to this community to spend some time there in exchange. Finally, to support our guides and drivers in their constant training, we have conducted 2019 a first aid training, fully funded by our company.“