Developing countries like Peru have great potential for eco-tourism because they don’t already have lots of parking lots with developed attractions like theme parks and malls.
The main attractions in Peru are eco-friendly: archeological sites, wildlife, the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Coast for its Beaches & Surfing. Look for NGOs that also have programs for tourists like Conservación Amazónica.
There are a lot of great travel agencies with missions focused on sustainable and regenerative travel. If you’re looking to hire an agency in Peru, take the time to search for one that aligns with your travel goals and priorities. There is a wealth of agencies in Peru and every year more of them are refocusing on sustainable travel.
Most modes of transport in Peru are also low-impact: hiking, traveling by boat through the Amazon and taking the train to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately the mountains make train travel impractical in most of the country but there are lots of busses, which are a low impact mode of transportation.
Watch for tour agencies that latched onto “eco” as a marketing ploy. If you hire an agency that claims to be eco, ask what exactly that means for them. They might have reforestation projects and not use single-use plastic products on their treks, but they also might just have the word in their name for marketing.