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GREEN LAND PERU POLICY

CUSCO - PERU

 
GREEN LAND PERU, RESPONSIBLE ECOTOURISM...

In Green Land Peru we are working hard to show that it is possible to provide an excellent quality service while being culturally sensitive, looking after our field staff and helping to conserve the environment. Over the last 15 years the number of companies offering tours to Peru has increased exponentially as Peru has become a safe and popular adventure destination. As competition between these companies has increased many of the companies have followed the road of offering cheaper and cheaper services more often than not sacrificing quality along the way. Many of these reductions in quality are quite obvious such as poor quality guides and accommodation, but there are also many hidden cuts that aren't as easy to see. Poor treatment and payment of incredibly low wages to trekking staff such as drivers, guides, boat men and crew, and avoidance of paying any kind of national taxes are just two ways that some companies can provide cheaper services. Usually these operators have no respect for the environment and leave a route of rubbish behind them or, even worse, dump it in rivers or woods. Over the last few years however, due to an increased awareness of environmental issues and increased access to excellent information on the internet, visitors are more educated and more informed about the countries that they are visiting and the effects of tourism on their host country. With limited numbers of trekkers permitted on some of the more popular treks, increased numbers of wardens and new regulations aimed at conserving the environment things are slowly improving in Peru. However many of the worst offending companies still exist and are still selling budget tours and treks. In our opinion the only way to improve trekking standards and reduce the impact of tourism on the environment is to provide good information, charge a price that is fair and reasonable for the services provided (with no hidden extras) and demonstrate that our company is working towards conservation of the environment and looking after the well-being of those persons who work for Peru Treks & Adventure and those communities that we visit as part of our tours. Our goal is to become Peru's foremost responsible tour operator, a goal which in our opinion is very achievable with our determination and your support.

Green Land Peru is committed in its policy of promoting responsible tourism throughout Peru. This is achieved through the following:

  1. Green Land Peru is a Peruvian company owned and managed by Peruvians. We are licensed by the local government to operate as a tour operator in Peru. Unlike overseas tour companies, who are exempt from local taxes, we pay taxes within Peru which goes to help our developing economy. Tourism is the main source of revenue for people in the Cusco region and we see taxes as an important part of improving the country's infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads etc.

  2. A large percentage of the profits generated by Green Land Peru will go towards helping local community projects in the Manu & Cusco region. Unlike many companies who just talk about helping local communities we are very active in fulfilling our promises, that way we are trying to integrate the local people into the Eco-tourism activity, we are honest to say you the truth we won not invent any Community Project.

  3. Green Land Peru employs local, professional staff and pay them professional wages. All direct employees are registered with the company and receive health insurance as part of their employment benefits. All of our guides are Peruvian with many years experience leading group expeditions.

  4. When Green Land Peru operates treks directly using our own guides, crew and equipment we pay our staff well above average wages. Tented accommodation with a waterproof floor and large meals are provided along the trip

  5. Green Land Peru use clean burning fuel to cook the meals. We carry gas stoves.

  6. When parts of our tours or treks are operated by other companies, we try to ensure that these companies work to the high standards set down by us. At all times Green Land Peru, maintains responsibility for the quality of the service that we provide to you. Only locally owned hotels are used for our package tours, chosen for their cleanliness and charm. All of the hotels that we use are centrally located in a safe part of town, only a few minutes walk from the main square.

GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS: Please for Information & Conditions. We will send to you important information about how we conduct tours, refund and cancellation policies, pace of the tours and other information that will help you prepare for the tour.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A more complete General Information for Tours to Peru: Manu National Park will be sent to each registrant on receipt of their booking. Final information with instructions for meeting the group, hotel addresses, etc., will be mailed about three weeks before trip departure. Other news will be communicated as necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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ABOUT COMPETITION BETWEEN COMPANIES IN CUSCO
 

I think it deserves special attention, because visitors from all over the world need to know they will not be deceived when taking the services of any company, we certainly can tell you that there are good companies in Cusco, because I worked as guide for most of them, but this good companies are expensive, their promotion is good and they have many years working doing ecotourism, you know, many things are expensive only because the brand, there are also really expensive companies and the main difference between each other is the hot water in lodges, what i do not think is the most important when trying to be in contact with the nature, that is the idea of visiting natural areas. Any way, this companies make good ecotourism.

BAD COMPETITION

Unfortunately lately there are more companies who can take You to the jungle of the Manu National Park, and doing if not in the worse way, they do in a bad way "tourism" to Manu, hopefully for visitors it is important, so I will give some examples of what these new, not legal companies do:

- WORKERS.- They have really poor prepared guides, most of the time the guide only speaks English (HARDLY) but you will also need a guide to explain you something about nature. Sometimes i have seen this "guides" working as "cooks" at the same time and they are not cooks and no guides. As you might suppose this "guides also can not give you good options to have a good chance of finding fauna, so they do not do logical things such us make you hike at mid night or so early that you can not see anything because it is dark just to give you an idea. Sometimes this companies send only the "cook" with you and this person is also your guide, or in other cases the boatman is your guide at the same time, for sure people in the jungle is friendly and they will try to talk with you but considering that you do not speak Spanish and the people have different accent and different vocabulary will be for sure just spend the time for nothing, but not only the services are bad for visitors but this companies also do not pay their workers so the people do not work feeling well just for need.

-PROGRAMS.- Because this companies only look for getting to you as they can, most of sellers lie and invent impressive things, and worse than that is that they offer not legal places to visit in Manu, please make sure you are visitting an allowed area in Manu, other way you could be helping to destroy this fragile ecosystem. There is no agency who makes social work in Manu and for sure not these bad companies who only use the local people as cheaper work hand using their farms and everything just for benefit of them. What we do is work with people from Manu and by visiting native communities we help them by paying entrance fees and buying their products.

So, programs of these bad companies are without respect for nature and law, nothing educational, nothing to conserve or help native or local people, Cheaper yes!! but this way it is not the idea. You can have fun and enjoy the nature without doing this way.

 

 

 


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

These bad companies do not have any kind of education for tourism, their policy is make money anyway and they know that many visitors don't know about things in Manu