Casa Ecologica came into being in 2003, with the objective of supporting sustainable development within the native communities of the Cusco region, through fair trade, organic agriculture and interactive tourism. As an operator within the Tourism industry we are aware of the impact and repercussions tourism has on the local communities and the greater region of Cusco. That is why we work in close collaboration with our communities, they are directly involved in the functions of the agency and the development of the interactive programs and itineraries offered. With these same communities we have begun working on the improvement of the infrastructures and resources available to them, including the implementation of improved kitchen and cooking facilities as well as the construction of ecological bathrooms.
Although Cusco is the touristic hub of Peru, the native communities in the surrounding areas are not integrated into the traditional touristic activities. A visit to one of these communities aids to deepen one’s understanding of this culturally rich country while at the same time helping to save that culture we so much admire.
Our objective is to introduce you to these native communities and have them guide you, help you to discover their culture, traditions while at the same time being able to see the reality of life in a remote community and the difficulties this has on their future. We are certain that your visit will play an important role in valuing the lives and traditions of these indigenous communities.
Tourism and the local environment:
From the moment of inception, one of the key missions of Casa Ecologica is to reduce the negative effects Tourism has on the local environment, and so we have established a few ground rules:
- Zero Plastic bottles: For the duration of any of our tours we will provide treated water for drinking from 30 litre containers, to avoid the use of small plastic bottles.
- Natural modes of transport: We will prioritize and incorporate natural modes of transport into all of our tours, trekking, cycling, horseback riding and more.
- Education of negative impacts: We want to educate both the communities and our service providers on the effects tourism has on the natural environment and make sure we minimise and dispose of rubbish from our visit responsibly.
- Improved living conditions: In collaboration with Rotary Peru www.ratario.net we are actively helping to build more ecological bathrooms in the communities we support.
- Environmental projects: We support different ecological projects in the Sacred Valley, primarily reforestation and organic farming methods, to help maintain the natural environment.