Along our life path, from inception in Huaraz (2009) until today, operating in the whole country from our headquarters in Cuzco, we have been lucky to meet great people and organizations with whom the following step to take was to work together to achieve a common goal: the wellness of the communities we visit and the environment of the places we explore, promoting diversified and stronger economies, better access to education and generating significant and long-lasting changes in the living conditions of the people.
Being social and environmentally responsible is a challenge but also an urgent need, that is why all together we can do more and achieve better results. These are our partners on this mission:
The Better Places platforms are social enterprises that offer tailor-made, sustainable, quality travel experiences focused on nature and the local population. They put travelers directly in contact with travel experts around the world: and the RESPONS team was elected to represent Peru on their platforms. The platforms that exist in Dutch, German and English actively search for travelers that RESPONS most wishes: those that want to support the destination they visit by traveling responsibly. RESPONS is very proud and grateful to form part of this fantastic initiative.
Focused on delivering a high-quality exceptional travel experience, Sumak Travel is a social enterprise that puts people and the environment at the center of its model, with the mission to contribute to the empowerment of local communities in Latin America, by running an ethical business that provides rewarding and authentic experiences for discerning travelers. RESPONS is proud to form part of the Sumak travel network.
“RFE” is a Peruvian ecotourism company which purpose is to combine tourism with environmental education, research and local sustainable development to support the conservation of the areas where they operate. By building sanctuaries that host unique experiences, they also engage local communities and help hosts and guests learn to value their relationship with the Earth. For RESPONS, the RFE lodges are certainly the best option in the Tambopata jungle.
An Argentinian luxury tourism agency that found a perfect match in RESPONS’ exclusive philosophy, where travelers experience the destination at its best when they care for it, leaving their comfort zone to live new dimensions of learning, growth, immersion and reflection. The immense creativity of our product director Alejandro guarantees unique and innovative travel propositions that inspire the new luxury travelers.
The guys from Babel found us in their constant search of agencies focusing on sustainable travel. They keep a well-nurtured platform of business that comply with sustainable tourism strategies and philosophy. The match was instant and we are very happy to have the chance to be showcased in Babel voyages, specially dedicated but not limited to the French travel market.
The crees foundation is a natural partner in two ways: it is logical to work together because of the shared philosophy; and for the love of nature. crees puts Manu within everyone’s reach and as they say: experiential ecotourism and community empowerment are the way to achieve goals. The future of the RESPONS-crees alliance looks promising.
Now, RESPONS’s operations are certified, at the partner level, with Tavelife: a system that provides online training and practical tools for sustainability planning, management and reporting. Further along our internal improvement workshops will be guided by the criteria that Tavelife establishes.
Holding an educational project for children with special educational needs as well as with toddlers from underprivileged families, they also provide lodging for volunteers of their organization as well as travelers in a family atmosphere. The Casa Lena´s surroundings are stunning and their work admirable. RESPONS makes donations to Casa Lena and also helps their volunteers with their travel plans if they wish.
The Abrazos association in Cusco (hugs) spreads knowledge about autism in Peru. Most of all, they diagnose, give therapy and guide children with autism, as well as their families and teachers. RESPONS supports the important work of Abrazos with frequent donations.
Is the first Peruvian outdoor wear brand that through the ¨One for One¨ model helps to improve the quality of life of children of the Andean communities that need it the most. Obviously the RESPONS team members all have a Höseg jacket!
Their goal is to promote and contribute to the conservation of the Amazon ecosystem in the Madre de Dios region, through direct actions of management and conservation of the forest, and the creation of sustainable development models of long-term scope, focused on the local population. On numerous occasions, RESPONS has protected hectares of rainforest within the Arbio framework.
Los TamboPatas (tambo comes from Tambopata, southern jungle region of Peru; and patas is jargon for friends), is a group of committed people that have the mission of protecting, defending and preserving the Tambopata National Reserve, and especially its buffer zone from the threat of illegal mining and all its collateral effects. Tambopata is one of our favorite destinations, and for that reason, we support the cause through the promotion of its lodges, and by annual donations oriented to protect millenary forests and animals rescued from illegal traffic.
A local NGO whose goal is to support voluntary conservation initiatives and to promote sustainable lifestyles: providing assistance to people who implement (or wanting to implement) volunteer conservation projects; creating collaborative citizen networks and promoting eco-business and governmental incentives. Conservamos por Naturaleza and RESPONS have very similar philosophies and are a mutual source of inspiration.
A Peruvian enterprise dedicated to fair-trading processed natural products obtained from protected areas, and elaborated by its local communities, while promoting knowledge about renewable natural resources and the life of the people around it, sounds like a perfect match with RESPONS’ philosophy.
A women-lead enterprise dedicated to create consciousness about plastic waste, promoting the care of the oceans while inspiring other organizations and people to adopt a conscious lifestyle. This is one more goal RESPONS is looking to accomplish soon in all our processes and operations.
Our favourite hotels in Cusco are The Niños Hotels. The profits of the hotels go directly and 100% into the projects with over 600 children they support. Moreover, the Niños Hotels (there are two locations) are cozy, with great beds, their own restaurants and even a massage room. RESPONS is proud to be their most important client and as such an important contributor to their admirable work.
An authentic and small hotel that preserves a historical cusquenian house and its traditions. At RESPONS we simply love this place to take care of our clients accommodation needs.
Since 2002 we’ve been friends with Paulino who owns this adventure agency in Huaraz, and develop unique trekking itineraries together. We’ve even tied together a local community, high-altitude mountain climbing and a sustainable mountain lodge into a truly unique mountain expedition!