Archaeological and natural Heritage Conservation Project

The “Inca Archaeological Heritage and Ecological Heritage Conservation Project”, directed by the “Terra Quechua Peru” Travel Agency, under the direction of husband and wife Raquel and Edwin, is a significant initiative that focuses on the preservation and protection of two fundamental aspects in the region of Cusco, Peru: the Inca archaeological legacy and the valuable ecological heritage that surrounds it. This project is essential to ensure that future generations can enjoy and learn from the rich cultural and natural heritage that this area has to offer. Information about the project is provided here:

Project Objectives

Conservation of Archaeological Heritage

One of the main objectives of the project is to safeguard the Inca ruins and archaeological sites of the Cusco region, including areas surrounding the citadel of Machu Picchu. This implies different actions within our competence for the protection of our Inca legacy: such as petroglyphs and other cultural vestiges that are vital to understanding the Inca civilization.

Preservation of Ecological Heritage: In addition to cultural heritage, the project focuses on the conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystems that surround these archaeological sites. This includes the protection of flora and fauna, as well as the sustainable management of natural resources, such as water and land, which are essential to maintaining an ecological balance.

Education and Awareness

The project has a key educational component. It seeks to increase awareness among visitors, the local community and future generations about the importance of protecting and respecting both archaeological and ecological heritage. The actions that we encourage in our travelers are the following

Do not touch or damage archaeological remains

Travelers are instructed on the importance of not touching or damaging archaeological structures, petroglyphs or rock art. This helps preserve the integrity of the sites and prevent wear and tear caused by human contact.

Do not leave waste or garbage

Visitors are urged to bring all their trash and waste with them. The generation of garbage can be harmful to the surrounding flora and fauna and to the archaeological remains themselves. Recycling and proper waste management are encouraged.

Do not write or mark

Travelers should refrain from writing, marking or graffitiing on archaeological structures or natural surfaces. This protects the integrity of the sites and maintains their historical and aesthetic value.

Do not collect flora or fauna

Collecting plants, flowers or disturbing local fauna is prohibited. Respect for wildlife and the importance of keeping ecosystems intact is promoted.

Follow designated routes

Visitors should stay on designated routes and paths. This minimizes soil erosion and avoids damaging surrounding vegetation and archaeological remains.

Avoid excess noise and respect tranquility

Peace and tranquility are important at many archaeological sites and natural areas. Travelers should avoid excessive noise and respect other visitors seeking a quiet experience.

Respect photography restrictions

In some places, there may be restrictions on taking photos or using drones. Visitors must respect these rules to protect the privacy of local communities and the integrity of the sites.

Use biodegradable products

Travelers are encouraged to use biodegradable products, such as soaps and detergents, to minimize contamination of water sources and soil.

Conservation awareness

Visitors receive information about the importance of conservation and biodiversity. This allows them to further appreciate the efforts needed to protect these environments and promote environmental awareness.

Follow local regulations

Travelers must abide by local regulations and guidelines specific to each archaeological site and natural area. This may include visiting hours, permitted routes and additional restrictions.

How do we implement these actions?

Restoration and Maintenance

The restoration and maintenance of archaeological sites would not be possible without the active participation of our staff and the collaboration of our travelers. We encourage our staff to be stewards of these sites, reporting any damage or deterioration they may observe. Additionally, our travelers play a critical role in following site guidelines and rules to preserve structures and ensure their long-term safety.

Waste and Recycling Management

To ensure responsible waste management, our staff is trained in recycling and waste management practices on all of our trips. In turn, we ask our travelers to follow these guidelines and participate in waste separation and recycling, taking their waste with them and contributing to the reduction of the environmental impact around the sites. Thus, together, we can keep these places clean and free of contamination.

Reforestation and Habitat Conservation

Reforestation and the conservation of natural habitats are activities in which our travelers and staff can be directly involved. We organize tree planting activities in degraded areas, and our travelers have the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of local biodiversity. Our staff leads these efforts and oversees conservation initiatives, creating a positive impact on the ecological balance of the region.

Research and Monitoring

Research and monitoring of archaeological and ecological sites is carried out by experts, but our travelers and staff play an important role in collecting information. We encourage our travelers to be active observers and report any changes or problems they may notice during their visits. Staff play a key role in coordinating these efforts and ensuring that any identified issues are addressed effectively.

The successful implementation of these conservation measures is a collaborative effort involving both our valued staff and our valued travelers. By working together, we can ensure the long-term preservation of these archaeological and ecological sites, while providing enriching and respectful experiences for our travelers.

Contribution to Sustainability

The project is fundamental for the sustainability of the Cusco region. By preserving its archaeological and ecological heritage, the long-term viability of tourism is ensured and a sustainable approach to tourism is promoted. Additionally, by educating the community and visitors about the importance of conserving these resources, greater responsibility towards the area’s cultural and natural heritage is encouraged.

Business Commitment

The “Terra Quechua Peru” Travel Agency, directed by husband and wife Raquel and Edwin, demonstrates exceptional business commitment by leading this project. Its investment of financial, logistical and human resources in preserving the region’s heritage is exemplary and reflects strong corporate social responsibility.

In summary, the “Inca Archaeological Heritage and Ecological Heritage Conservation Project” is a valuable initiative that ensures that the cultural and historical legacy of the Cusco region, along with its fragile ecological environment, are preserved and protected for future generations. . This effort not only benefits the region, but is also a model of good practices in sustainable tourism management.