Peru is a country with a lot to offer, but most of its territory is made up of Amazonian territory. With a percentage of 60% of jungle territory covering the entire country, most of Peru could be considered as a jungle. Fortunately, Peruvian culture works hard to encourage care for the environment. The country already has an extensive journey in an attempt to take care of some of the most incredible aspects of Peru, such as its extensive biodiversity and geographic diversity. For many years the country has tried to promote projects where responsible tourism can be exercised. And that is why together with the experts from Cusco Peru Travel we have prepared an article explaining the most important aspects of Ecotourism. We hope to raise awareness among future travelers who want to know beautiful Peru.
Ecotourism in Peru: Everything you need to know
- What is ecotourism?
- In which regions is ecotourism offered?
- Ecotourism in the Amazon
- Minimize your environmental impact
- Start finding out about your destination
- How ecotourism benefit communities?
WHAT IS ECOTOURISM?
Tourism is a great source of income in the Peruvian economy. This brings many benefits, but the inflow of money is rarely evenly distributed. Although mass tourism brings many economic benefits, it worsens the financial and cultural situation of the local and most vulnerable communities. And it is in this situation where ecotourism makes its main entrance. This activity aims to include and benefit the most vulnerable local communities. Ecotourism is a tourist activity that takes place without altering the balance of the environment and avoiding damage to nature. This form of tourism concentrates on providing funds for the conservation and care of local communities. A great example of this is the tourism that is offered in the National Parks and Reserves of Peru. Not only does it help raise awareness, but it also helps fight global warming and deforestation caused by illegal logging and mining.
IN WHICH REGIONS IS ECOTOURISM OFFERED?
You can find that in all Peruvian destinations this type of tourism is offered. For example, within Cusco and Madre de Dios, visits to the Manu are offered, as well as tours and cruises in Pacaya Samiria. Aqua Expeditions is one of the companies that offer cruises through virgin regions of the jungle. Even within the city of Lima, you can enjoy natural tourism. Especially when one enters places like Las Lomas de Lucumo or Lomas de Lachay. Around the Andes Mountains, there are infinities of places to enjoy responsible tourism. The different lakes and valleys that are hidden between the mountains amaze visitors. Huascarán National Park is a great example. Some of the most popular activities are ecological walks where you can enjoy the landscape and learn about its function within the environment. The observation of fauna in parks and nature reserves fulfill a similar function.
ECOTOURISM IN THE AMAZON
Amazon is one of the regions where ecotourism is thriving, offering numerous possibilities for ecological and other adventure activities. You will have the opportunity to explore this vast wild ecosystem in its lesser-known corners. All this while supporting the preservation of the Amazon and local communities. You will be able to observe wildlife, explore unspoiled sectors of the Peru jungle, and participate in excursions that will teach you about the main specimens of flora and fauna. One of the most impressive facts about Peru is that 60% of its territory is made up of jungle, making this form of tourism much more important.
MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Whether or not you choose to enjoy ecotourism in Peru, it is necessary to take a responsible and sustainable stance regarding our passage through foreign countries. Being able to hike in the mountains, explore tropical jungles, and traverse different natural attractions are the goals of every traveler in the world. But if everyone visiting those environments did so without figuring out how to limit their environmental impact, irreparable damage would soon occur to the scenery and landscapes we admire. As a tip, we recommend that you become aware of your garbage by trying to use biodegradable products, not buying plastic bottles, and opting for reusable bottles. If you plan to spend more than 10 days in Peru, make sure you are sensitive to those limited resources such as water, electricity, and fuel.
START FINDING OUT ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION
It is a good idea to start to know our destinations before leaving. If you are looking to get the best out of your trip, it would be a good idea to seek information and do some research. Tourist guides are not the only source of information about Peru. Enjoy reading the most important literary exponents or also discovering the popular culture that dominates the country. The Internet can be of great help in your research. Try to find out about the dress codes that are often expected of people. It would also be a good idea that wherever you are staying, look for businesses owned by local communities.
HOW ECOTOURISM BENEFIT COMMUNITIES?
Ecotourism helps those local communities by making them part of the tourism process in a non-invasive way. Some entities have decided to start working with wonderful indigenous communities. Either starting to market their products and crafts to different audiences as well as managing eco-friendly resorts where most of the profits go to the communities. Many ecotourism activities direct their profits to infrastructure projects for those communities in need. And we believe that over time these practices will become the main method of tourism. We have witnessed how mass tourism does not help climate change or local cultures. Ecotourism is not only economically profitable, but it is also a completely acceptable idea. Ecological tourism can benefit both travel companies and the protection of indigenous communities, their lands, and the wildlife that surrounds them.
“LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER.”
Together with Cusco Peru Travel, we hope to have explained a little about this practice of sustainable tourism. Remember to be responsible for your environment and the communities that inhabit it. If you want to know more about our ecological tours, you can consult with our qualified advisors.