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My daughter and I have recently returned from a World Expeditions Best of Peru and Bolivia tour and I thought that I would give you our thoughts on the tour. The accommodation, meals, transport and organisation were excellent – the long-boat trips were just lovely.
After arriving at our accommodation in Cusco (the owner was such a nice woman) we met our main guide, Veronica Illa. There was nothing that Veronica didn’t know about this wonderful area around Cusco and she was willing to do anything for us. She is certainly a wonderful guide and we feel privileged that she was our tour leader. Once again the transport,drivers and attractions we visited were excellent. We were always picked up on time and our luggage was always taken care of. Everything ran very smoothly.
The ruins at Ollantaytambo were breathtaking and Veronica explained in detail, the Inca history. We loved our accommodation here! We started off on our 4 day Inca trek and at an early stage got to marvel at our wonderful porters. They are such hard working people who we admired greatly. The tents were always set up for us well before we arrived for meals and sleeping (and the toilet facilities).
But I think everyone was surprised by the quality and quantity of the food that was served up for each meal – piping hot and on time, every time. The gear pack and tents were all in very good condition and everything ran like clockwork. We were sad to see our porters leave us on Day 4.
The history of Machu Picchu was explained so well by Veronica and we had a lovely stay at Aguas Calientes before our trip back to Cusco.
Lake Titicaca is a magical place. The floating islands are amazing but the jewel in the crown on the lake was Taquile Island. We had such a wonderful time on this island with the homestay family. The family was very welcoming and we had a fun-filled time with their 3 little girls. They served us lovely food and we could have quite happily spent another night on this island to wander and discover a little more.
Our Bolivian guide, Sandro Diaz and our new driver took us to our lovely Hotel in La Paz.
We felt that Peru was so happy to welcome tourists to their wonderful country.
Overall,we had a wonderful experience in a different culture which we enjoyed immensely. I knew that I would love Peru but I just didn’t realise how much !! Thank you World Expeditions.
Offset Your Air Travel
Rising temperatures, drought and water shortages, melting glaciers and icecaps and extreme weather conditions bring the problem of global warming into our collective consciousness. The need to address this global concern, both on an individual, business and government level, has never been more immediate. We must act now to build a future that is less reliant on fossil fuels for energy and instead harness the efficiencies of renewable resources to fuel our homes, businesses and modern lifestyles.
Core to World Expedition’ philosophies on travel and the way our business operates is our commitment to Responsible Tourism. Since our inception we have set the industry standards on Responsible Tourism practices and so it is a natural progression for us to take responsibility for the emissions produced as a result of our business.
What does becoming Carbon Neutral mean to World Expeditions?
Climate neutrality simply means that unavoidable greenhouse emissions that our business produces have been balanced out or neutralized through investing in projects that prevent the equivalent amount of emissions being released into the atmosphere.
When we neutralize our emissions we are going a step beyond canceling our emissions – we are also accelerating the transition to a clean energy future and contributing to the technologies that are the long-term solutions of climate change.
Neutralize your air travel
It is estimated that of the total carbon emitted on one of our adventure holiday packages that up to 95% of emissions will be produced by air travel. This is why offering our travelers the ability to neutralize their air travel was the first step in our quest to reduce carbon emissions associated with our company.
When you book a flight, you can calculate the amount it cost to neutralize your air travel vis our calculator. It is then up to you whether you pay the full amount (round trip) or half the amount (a one-way airfare) to neutralize all of or part of your air travel.
We use Planetair’s air travel calculator, which is based on emissions factors from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). Air travel emissions are complex calculations and values vary between providers. We believe that Planetair's calculator is the most accurate available and reflects the current scientific consensus.
If you are committed to environmentally responsible travel, like we are at World Expeditions, we strongly encourage you to neutralize your air travel, as we do for all of our staff.
Why have we aligned with Planetair?
Planetair is a not-for-profit carbon neutral service and offset-reseller offered by the Unisféra International Centre. The carbon credits Planetair procures from myclimate, meet the strictest international quality standards (CDM and Gold Standards) and support projects around the world that directly reduce greenhouse gases and in doing so directly protect the climate. The projects must verifiably reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as contribute to sustainable local development in their respective region. These projects fall within the categories of renewable energy production, energy efficiency, and reduction of methane emissions in combination with energy usage.
The carbon credits World Expeditions obtains from Planetair are supported and endorsed by NGOs and Governments internationally and guarantee that all of our carbon credit projects:
|•||Adhere to the strictest international standards— Projects meet the highest international quality standards (CDM and Gold Standards) and fulfill internationally recognized criteria based on the Kyoto Protocol.|
|•||Are permanent - they only select credits from renewable energy projects that are guaranteed to permanently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as opposed to carbon sequestration projects which only temporarily bind C02 (e.g.; reforestation projects).|
|•||Are verifiable - All of their projects are verified by independent, UN-accredited monitoring agencies and the emissions reductions are verified annually during the entire duration of the projects.|
|•||Are additional - their projects are over and above 'business as usual', i.e. projects that would not occur without outside investment through carbon credits.|
|•||Contribute to sustainable development – The selection of a project is not only based on its impact on climate change, but also on its broader environmental, and socio-economic benefits.|
Why this helps the clean energy industry?
Renewable energy currently costs more to produce than burning fossil fuels. The extra income renewable generators earn from selling carbon credits is the key factor that helps make renewable energy sources economically viable so that we can make the urgent transition from unsustainable polluting energy to clean sources. This is necessary to address climate change.