Our Projects – Huandar Community
We recognize the impact of tourism on both local cultures and the environment. As Peruvians we would like to preserve our own culture, but also the culture of other South American Destinations. We therefore pay strong attention to sustainable tourism practices.
We like to minimize the negative impact of visits to local communities, instead we want to make a positive contribution. Firstly, SATS stimulates sustainability by working with small, local tour guides and suppliers. We have a carefully chosen our partners and developed a strong sustainable network. They all have a deep vested interest in maintaining their own culture, but at the same time are very customer oriented. By working with local companies, we stimulate the local economies of our countries.
Furthermore, SATS has strong connections with the local Huandar Community, near the village Pisaq in the Sacred Valley. The recently established charity Woman 4 a Sustainable World supports this village. As a travel agency, SATS would like to offer its customers the unique experience of visiting this local community, learning the traditional working techniques, and meeting the local people. The people in this community are happy to welcome you and show you around their village and neighborhood during an unique trekking experience. The proceeds of these excursion are all benefiting the local community. Besides, 3% of each journey booked by SATS is donated to Woman 4 a Sustainable World.
We would like to encourage you to act sustainably and respect the local cultures during your travels. This could for example include:
- Buy local, e.g. by choosing local hotels, eating at local restaurants and markets, using local buses, attending local events.
- Learn some words to speak the local language.
- Dress appropriately and respect local privacy, e.g. by asking permission before entering sacred places or private land, or while taking photos or videos of the people.
- Respect the natural environment, e.g. by following designated paths and avoiding souvenirs made from protected or endangered animals.