What Is Responsible Tourism?

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These days, words like “responsible,” “sustainable,” and “ethical” seem to get over-used.

It’s hard to know what is meant by terms like responsible tourism, or who really is walking the walk.

Apus Peru was founded on the idea that we could show the real Andes to the world in a way that would

  • respect and protect the environment; and,
  • provide tangible benefits to local communities.

For us, responsible tourism is a really important value, and operating sustainable tours in Peru is what we’re all about.

>> Read more about what we’re doing to be a Responsible Travel Company


The concept of Responsible Tourism was first outlined in the Cape Town Declaration. Some of its key elements include tourism that:

  • Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
  • Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities;
  • Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues; and,
  • Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence

For more information on what it means to be a responsible tourist, check out these great resources:

What can you do to be a Responsible Tourist?

As a visitor, even you have a role to play in promoting responsible tourism in Peru! We have given this a lot of thought. Our Traveler’s Code of Conduct contains everything that YOU can do to be a responsible tourist while in Peru.

Here are a few highlights >>


Book early!

Be sensitive to local customs

Be flexible in your expectations

Act Responsibly

Give gifts wisely

Tread lightly – aim for minimal environmental impact as you trek through the Andes!