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Responsible Tourism in Peru

Tourism is an extremely important source of income to Peru. Support this nation by encouraging local industries. Eat at local restaurants and stay at locally-owned hotels as opposed to international chains. There is a wide selection of comfortable, clean and reasonably priced hotels all over the country owned and operated by Peruvians.

Use water and electricity carefully. When city officials cut down on the community's supply, travelers are usually given preference, so don't abuse the privilege.


Don't give money or candy to children begging. You are just encouraging this destructive cycle by financing parents willing to send their little ones out onto the streets to work. Many disabled adults and senior citizens also beg. You can decide for yourself if you want to help them or not; many Peruvians do.


ALWAYS ask before taking photographs or videos of people. Just because people look and dress differently doesn't mean you're in a zoo. Show your respect by talking to people before making them a souvenir of your vacation.

Environmental Awareness

An eco-tourism movement is slowly but surely making its way through Peru. The habits of throwing trash out bus windows and littering in general are deeply engrained in Peruvian collective consciousness. Be responsible by not participating in these bad habits and make a point of leaving camping areas, nature walks, picnics, etc. cleaner than you left them. Peruvian cities have started putting up "Do Not Litter" signs, but there is a long way to go. Consider staying at an eco-lodge or volunteering for an organization working to educate the community and preserve the environment.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Peru: Central Peruvian Andes Highlights, Safety on the Pacific Coast south of Lima, Studying Quechua in Peru, Regional Summaries, Safety in Peru, Northern Peruvian Andes - Highlights, Peru Border Crossings, Basic Facts, History of Lima and When To Go.

31 May 2012

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