Solid Waste Management and Environmental Education by Terra Quechua Peru

At Terra Quechua Peru, we are committed to the conservation of the natural and cultural environment of Cusco. To achieve this, we implement rigorous solid waste management and educate our travelers about environmentally responsible practices on our adventure hikes and classic tours. Here we explain how we channel waste, provide eco-friendly alternatives, and provide tips for a more sustainable experience

Instructions for Our Travelers :

Before each trip, our guides instruct travelers on the importance of keeping clean and preserving the natural and cultural environments they will visit. We provide them with clear guidelines on what to bring and what not to bring on their hikes and excursions.

What they should bring 

Reusable Bottles : The use of reusable bottles is an essential practice to reduce plastic consumption on our trips. We encourage our travelers to carry durable bottles made of materials such as stainless steel or glass. This not only reduces the generation of plastic waste, but also helps keep drinks fresh and avoid constantly purchasing disposable water bottles.

Reusable Cloth Bags : Reusable cloth bags are an environmentally friendly solution for carrying belongings and collecting light waste during excursions. They are durable, washable and can be used over and over again. By promoting their use, we reduce the need for single-use plastic bags that are harmful to wildlife and the natural environment.

Reusable Containers : Reusable containers are ideal for carrying food and snacks instead of using disposable containers. We recommend our travelers carry lunch boxes, lunch boxes and airtight containers that can be used repeatedly. This not only reduces waste generated during meals, but also allows travelers to enjoy homemade or local meals in comfort.

Reusable Utensils : We encourage our travelers to bring reusable utensils such as stainless steel cutlery, reusable plates and cups instead of single-use products. This reduces the amount of disposable plastic utensils that end up polluting the environment. Reusable utensils are easy to wash and carry.

Ecological Sunscreen and Insect Repellent : We promote the use of sunscreen and insect repellent products that are respectful of the environment and biodiversity. These products use natural and biodegradable ingredients instead of chemicals that are harmful to ecosystems. This way, our travelers can protect themselves and the environment without compromising the health of the planet.

What You Should Not Bring

Disposable Plastic Bottles: We encourage our travelers to avoid using disposable plastic bottles, as these contribute significantly to plastic pollution. Opting for reusable bottles not only reduces the generation of plastic waste, but also reduces the demand for the production of new bottles, saving resources and energy.

Disposable Plastic Bags: We encourage the use of reusable cloth bags instead of disposable plastic bags. The latter are a major source of pollution and can harm wildlife. Cloth bags, on the other hand, can be used over and over again, decreasing the need to produce and dispose of plastic bags.

Disposable Food Containers: We encourage our travelers to choose reusable containers for food and snacks instead of opting for disposable food containers. Reusable containers are a sustainable alternative that reduces the amount of waste generated during meals and minimizes contamination.

Non-Biodegradable Personal Care Products: To preserve water quality and the health of ecosystems, we recommend personal care products that are biodegradable. These products decompose naturally in the environment, as opposed to conventional products that can contaminate bodies of water and soil.

Disposable Sanitary Pads: We encourage our travelers to consider eco-friendly alternatives to disposable sanitary pads, such as reusable pads or menstrual cups. These options are more environmentally friendly, as they reduce the amount of disposable products that end up in landfills.

Cigarettes: Cigarettes and their butts are highly polluting and harmful to the environment. On our routes and campsites, we provide portable ashtrays or designated smoking areas. We also educate our travelers about the importance of not throwing cigarette butts on the ground or into rivers and lakes. We encourage you to carry your cigarette butts with you and dispose of them properly.

Alcoholic Beverages: The consumption of alcoholic beverages should be done in moderation and responsibility; preferably avoid 100% consumption. On our trips, we respect local regulations related to alcohol consumption and promote awareness of its effects on health and the environment. In sensitive natural and cultural areas, we avoid alcohol consumption to preserve their integrity.

Chemical Elements and Chemical Waste: Chemicals, such as insecticides, fertilizers, and other toxic products, must be handled and disposed of safely. On our expeditions, the handling of chemicals harmful to the environment is not allowed. We promote eco-friendly alternatives and recommend taking these products back to areas where they can be properly managed.

Metallic Waste: On our expeditions we strongly ask not to bring these items, but if there is any metallic waste, such as soda cans, lids and other metal objects, it must be collected and transported back for recycling. In our activities, our travelers are encouraged to take this waste with them and deposit it in recycling containers in appropriate areas.

Tips for the Route

During adventure hikes and classic tours, our guides provide specific tips to reduce environmental impact and preserve the beauty of the Cusco region:

  1. Practice Ethical Hiking : Walking in nature is an enriching experience, but it also comes with the responsibility of preserving trails and ecosystems. Our travelers should stay on designated paths and avoid cutting shortcuts, which can cause soil erosion and damage surrounding vegetation. It is also recommended to maintain an adequate walking pace to minimize the impact on the terrain.
  2. Observe Wildlife Responsibly : On our routes, travelers can encounter wildlife. When observing animals, they should maintain a safe distance and not disturb their habitat. Animals should not be fed, as this may change their behavior and natural diet.
  3. Use Appropriate Equipment : Making sure you wear the proper equipment is essential for a safe and respectful experience. This includes clothing and footwear appropriate for the activity, hiking poles if necessary, and comfortable backpacks to carry your belongings. In addition, it is recommended to wear layered clothing to adapt to climate changes and protect yourself from the sun.
  4. Support Local Communities : Our travelers must respect local customs and support the communities visited by purchasing local products and crafts. This cultural interaction is enriching and can be beneficial for both travelers and local communities.
  5. Turn Off Electronic Devices in Nature : When exploring natural areas, it is recommended to turn off electronic devices, such as mobile phones, to immerse yourself in the experience and reduce ambient noise. Plus, this helps conserve battery for emergencies.
  6. Learn and Respect Local Regulations : Our travelers must inform themselves about local regulations and regulations before their trip. This includes visiting hours, area-specific restrictions, and acceptable practices at archaeological sites or protected areas.
  7. Carbon Trail Awareness : When traveling, our travelers can minimize their carbon footprint by choosing sustainable transportation, such as walking or using public transportation whenever possible. Additionally, they are encouraged to offset their carbon emissions through reforestation or other conservation practices.

Respect Tranquility : Many natural places offer a calm and serene environment. Travelers should avoid excessive noise, such as loud music, to respect the peace of the environment and allow other visitors to enjoy the serenity of the place