Travel is a two-way street. As obvious as it may sound, it’s a principle that rings true even in the context of sustainability. Without the conscious commitment of each traveler, the sustainability we strive for remains elusive. Every step we take, every choice we make, carries weight and impacts our world. This understanding drives us to embed sustainability into every thread of our travel experiences.
From 2009 to 2023, we were known as RESPONSible Travel Peru, where sustainability was not just an add-on, but the very core of our operations. Today, as Impactful Travel, that commitment has not just been maintained but amplified. Our goal with this name change is to expand our positive impacts through sustainable tourism beyond Peru’s borders, reaching out to other destinations in need of mindful travel practices.
We continue to measure and monitor our impacts, weaving sustainability into every aspect of what we do. Each of our trips and tours carry a Sustainability Score, allowing us to enhance our control and track our year-on-year sustainability performance. Conclusions will be included in Impactful Travel’s Sustainability Reports. By traveling with us, you’re choosing to be part of a movement that values sustainability and positive transformation. Together, let’s make our journeys count for more.
At Impactful Travel, sustainability is more than just a buzzword—it’s the essence of our operations. It shines through in every action we take, from the seemingly small—like turning off unused lights, selecting biodegradable packaging for our guests’ snacks, and opting for double-sided printing—to the deeply immersive experiences we offer. We invite our guests to dive into local cultures, form global friendships, and most importantly, create a positive ripple effect.
As mentioned in Impactful Travel’s Sustainability Policy, our commitment to sustainability is backed by globally recognized, Travelife-certified practices, and we don’t stop there. We push boundaries with measures that extend to our internal processes, ensuring fair treatment of our team members, promoting recycling, and instilling our sustainability ethos in every staff member.
Our spotlight is on rural communities and families—the heart and soul of each destination. At Impactful Travel, we work alongside these communities, providing additional income sources and offering our travelers unique community-based tourism experiences that go beyond the typical tourist trail.
Moreover, we’re passionate about preserving local landmarks and sites of cultural, historical, archaeological, and spiritual significance. Our ultimate aim is to offer our guests—and future generations—the chance to engage with these places in their most authentic, untouched form. At Impactful Travel, we believe every journey should not only transform the traveler but also make a positive impact on the world.
Traveling with Impactful Travel isn’t just about seeing new places. It’s about personal growth, making a difference, and contributing to a sustainable future for Latinamerican people. Each journey with us is a step towards a more sustainable world, where tourism and local communities thrive together in harmony.
At Impactful Travel, we meticulously select partners who not only align with our sustainability philosophy but also actively implement sustainable methods. We ensure they adhere to national laws, take rigorous measures against corruption and inequality, and protect against child exploitation and other harmful practices within their supply chain. Our partnership is contingent on these standards—fall short, and the contract ends.
We promote sustainable transportation options whenever possible and provide guidance to our guests on minimizing their carbon footprint. For instance, consider using (night) buses instead of flights and opt for direct flights whenever feasible.
First and foremost, whenever possible, we prioritize the use of rural homestays to enhance the traveler’s experience. In locations where homestays are unavailable, our preferred accommodations are those that:
We refrain from offering any excursions or even whole destinations that could harm people, wildlife, nature, or breach cultural and social norms. Our guides are well-versed in navigating cultural, ecologically sensitive, and heritage sites with respect and care.
From our guides to our drivers, at each destination we prioritize working with locals who are trained in sustainable practices. They will not encourage you to take pictures with wild animals in captivity, pluck a flower to show it to you, or trespass fences in archaeological sites. They’re not just our team—they’re our friends, and we hope they’ll become yours too!
When you choose Impactful Travel, you’re not just embarking on a journey, you’re becoming part of an inspiring movement. We provide resources that help you to be a more responsible traveler, share eco-friendly packing tips (like refillable water bottles with filter) and recommend plant-based dining options in our itineraries. We may steer clear of certain destinations or activities, but we always offer enriching alternatives. With us, your travel choices don’t just benefit you, they positively impact the communities and environments you visit. Let’s explore responsibly together.
These measures are just a snapshot of our efforts to mitigate negative impacts and uplift local communities. Remember, we’re guests in their home, and it’s our duty to honor their culture and living space.
As we curate your journey through Peru, Ecuador, and soon, other Latin American destinations, rest assured every detail is thoughtfully woven with sustainability in mind. Because at Impactful Travel, we’re not just selling trips—we’re offering transformative experiences that contribute to a more sustainable world. Your journey with us is more than an adventure; it’s a commitment to positive change.
So come, let’s travel differently. Let’s travel impactfully.
Ready to join us on this remarkable journey? We invite you to delve deeper into our commitment to sustainability. Download Impactful Travel’s Sustainability Policy here or explore our detailed Sustainability Reports below to see how we’re making a difference—one journey at a time. Please note that most reports are still from our time as RESPONSible Travel Peru (2009 – 2023).
Got questions? We’re here to help. Reach out to our dedicated sustainability team at sustainability[at]impactful.travel, or browse through our comprehensive Sustainability section on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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