We are committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, culture and the environment. Tourism is not only visiting and holding precious memories of the places you go to, it is also to leave a positive effect and an imperishable mark onto the people you meet.
We don’t use damaging products for the environment , All the products are biodegradable and recycling things, Our crew is identified with this cause.
We don't want to offer just a trip to Peru, we want to make sure that you are going to enjoy our service and travel with the knowledge that the activity of our company won’t affect in a negative way the local environment. We believes that our type of small group have positive impact, we know that every destination is someone else’s home and we leave places as we would like to find them
Unlike overseas tour operators Mythical Trails Peru pays local sales (IGV 19%) and corporate taxes helping to contribute to Peru's economy.
Our employees are paid professional wages and our porters, cooks etc are paid promptly on a weekly basis.
Good porter treatment and welfare is very important to us: our porters receive high wages, waterproof tents, high budget for porter meals which include high quality & quantity rich in carbohydrates. Our excellent treatment of porters is widely recognised in the porter community
Mythical Trails Peru allows for 10% of the company's net profits to be used to help community projects in the Cusco area particularly in communities along the routes of the treks that we frequently operate.
We ensure that communities benefit from our visit, these are guiding principles for the way in which we want to travel.
We provide regular training to our trekking staff on how to comply with Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Regulations and environmental awareness.
Mythical Trails Peru complies with the Law of Natural Protected Areas #26834 (published July 04, 1997), as well as with the Law of Conservation and Sustainable Profit of the Biological Diversity #26839 (published July 16, 1997)
Sustainable tourism in its purest sense, is an industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.
The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development is a positive experience for local people; tourism companies; and tourists themselves.
Thus, Sustainable tourism activities have minimal impact on the environment and culture of the host community. is not 'ecotourism'.
Another definition of sustainable tourism
Those tourism respectful of the natural, cultural and social values and a community that allows you to enjoy a positive exchange of experience among residents and visitors,
where the relationship between tourists and the community is fair and benefits of the activity is distributed fairly, and where visitors have a truly participatory in their travel experience.
I would like to begin this post by remarking some "advices" where posters suggest to hire THE CHEAPEST trip, or do things "under the table", well, that is fine as long as these suggestions do not risk people's safety.
Tourism is not only visiting and holding precious memories of the places we go to, it is also to leave a positive effect and an imperishable mark onto the people we meet.
When we go on a trip we are full of expectations, usually higher expectation for everything related to our trip, so we also have to think about people who provide these services, they are also full of expectations as for the people they will be working for during our trips.
If we book the cheapest tour, or one of the cheapest, then we are risking ourselves since we would not have where to go if something goes wrong, it is not as in USA or in Europe where we can sue the other party to get a refund or to get what is fair, this is completely different, many times these "cheap" companies do not even exist in a legit way, so what to do? caomplain? I do not think so, they might get closed down, but there will alway be some one else who will do the same, because there is always some one hiring their services. We always look for fair prices, which is fair enough, let us not confuse fair and advantage, if we pay so little for any of our trips or excursions, it's a great deal for us, but think about people behind this service, do they get fairly payed? do they work a regular 8 hour shift? do they get enough money from this? I do not think so, since the owners are the ones getting the biggest part, and when things go wrong, we get mad at the ones we see, and these are, mostly, the employees of the company, legit or not and the owners just do not care about it.
Let's be fair and hire either with companies or individuals who are reliable enough, as we will get what we expect, and how to know whether this company or individual is charging what's fair? well let's do some research and learn about the highest and the lowest prices and get the average one, that is probably the right one.
Try as much as you can to hire a local tour operator, this way we are encouraging the local companies or individuals to keep working within the legal terms, many overseas based operators do not even tax in Peru, and they are more expensive than the local operators.
How can I trust a local tour operator if they do not accept credit cards? Know that the credit card is a new thing for most people in Peru, therefore most small tour operators do not work with CC, we can always call the company, we can always email the company, we can trace them, if we do not get an answer from email, let's get another one, I am sure there is one which will fullfil our expectations and PLEASE, ask as many questions as you have, since it is the best way to make sure about what we are hiring and read carefully everything they send to you.
I would strongly recommend to be careful when posting a recommendation for travellers asking for some advice for if something goes wrong, the traveller will not blame the poster, the traveller will blame the company, the people and the country. Let's be fair and help this to be a better place for all of us, both travellers and tour operators.