Detour was founded to showcase in-country tour operators that are working to make a difference in the world. Or, at least, a difference in their part of the world. All providers we partner with are locally owned and operated. That means most of your travel dollars and euros go to the country you are traveling in. This matters a lot.
Of all the operators we work with throughout Latin America, Amazonas Explorer (operators of the Ultimate Inca Trail) may very well be our favorite. Conde Nast thinks so too and they’ve named them “The Best Adventure Outfitter in Cusco”. They are thought and action leaders, not just in Peru, but the whole adventure travel industry.
- Safety is #1. All guides complete a yearly refresher on Wilderness First Aid, Security on Steep Ground and Vertical Rescue Course. These trainings are run by local paramedics and UIAGM Mountain Guides. Guides complete a yearly update on risk assessment and safety management procedures. All procedures comply with the British Safety Standard BS8848. These are used for organizing and managing visits, expeditions, fieldwork and adventurous activities outside of the UK. All trek guides have working knowledge of hypothermia and altitude sickness. Porters and cooks have a one-day training each year. Even Amazonas’ drivers complete a yearly first aid course. These safety and training standards are more like tagging along on a BBC expedition. You’re in more than good hands.
- Amazonas operates all aspects of their trips in southern Peru. They use all their own guides, transportation (where possible), camping equipment, expedition gear, cooks, etc. Aside from the hotels on your trip, they have complete control over their operations and are, therefore, able to maintain the quality of your trip experience.
- Living and playing in the Cusco area makes them experts on how to avoid the crowds. They consistently explore and scheme up new routes to experience the must see sites without having to visit them alongside everyone else.
- Amazonas works to minimize their waste. They purchase locally produced food. They provide travelers with an aluminum water bottle and provide clean water to refill with. They responsibly dispose of all waste and cook with gas – not firewood (Remember all that tree planting we mentioned. Cooking with firewood is a main reason why). Most office operations are paper-free; where printing is necessary, they double-side. They even use reusable snack bags for all excursions.
UPSTANDING BUSINESS PRACTICES:
- B Corporation Certified: “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of
social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency” – B Corps.