One company's quest to preserve Machu Picchu and its Surroundings

Posted by Nelson Oduro on Dec 5, 2014

That time has come again, when we highlight a special company in the TrekkSoft family. This is week is none other than the wonderful people of Green Peru Adventures

Spending most of my time at work, I come across amazing companies everyday. I see activities I didn't even know where possible, or legal for that matter. I see adventure tours that are not for the faint of heart; safari and wildlife tours that the late Steve Irwin would have envied, and climbing treks at the highest peaks. But my favorite is the breathtaking sights these activities take place at. Some of the most beautiful places in the world plays host to our companies, so much so that it has inspired me to create a bucket list of sorts of all the places I would like to visit. Cusco, Peru is at the top of my list, so I can ascend into the clouds while visiting Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu one of the New7Wonders of the World, is an Inca estate located on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. Built around 1450, it is one of the last remaining relics from the Inca Civilization. In recent years it has become a tourist hotspot with so many visitors that the government had to place daily limits on the destination. So much attention paid to the site, and attempts to preserve it for the generation, it is advised that tourists travel with a qualified travel agency. For travels in Cusco, and all of Peru, there is none more qualified than Green Peru Adventures.

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Rolando Leonardo, founder of Green Peru

Green Peru Adventures is a Cusco based travel agency, specializing in adventure treks to Machu Picchu and holiday tours all over Peru. Founded by Rolando Leonardo in 2011, he wanted to create a travel organization with a steadfast dedication to social responsibility, integrity and cultural awareness. Rolando is well traveled and as worked as a tour leader in all of South America. That is where he honed his skills to become a better leader and realized the importance of sustainable tourism.

"'Green' for us means integrity, and a way to inspire people to discover the world from a different angle whilst preserving the nature of our planet. Green Adventures means making a difference whilst having a unique experience travelling around Peru.” They do their best to stay true these values while holding customer satisfaction in high regard, “At Green Peru Adventures, customer satisfaction is our main priority. We strive to create the best possible experience and this is “where your adventure begin.” They want to make sure customers are happy throughout the whole process, which is one of the reasons they decided to go with TrekkSoft.

“Our philosophy is honesty and transparency which is consistently reflected in our service.” This kind of transparency is seen even in the booking process. Easy bookings and payments is something they channeled, which is difficult to come by in South America. “TrekkSoft did really help us a lot now clients can book with credit or debit card and make easy and secure their booking with us.” Once the booking is made Green Adventures guarantees all tour departures barring unforeseen circumstances. Dedicated staff of english speakers (Rolando speaks Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese as well) can organize green tours all over the country at fair prices for all of their customers. In the event that they do have to cancel the trip the software handles refunds as well, with just one simple click. “The transaction increase was awesome, people are very happy feeling that they are doing a secure transaction, and also 100% refund is guaranteed.” Administrative duties and customer service quelled because of TrekkSoft, Green Peru can focus on the community around them.

paragliding Paragliding in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

They thrive on finding new adventures that connect people with the cultural and natural surroundings of their beautiful country. Machu Picchu is very delicate and any harm to the environment can be catastrophic. So Green Peru provides eco-friendly tours, by increasing the number of hikers to Machu Picchu with alternative treks via the Jungle Inca trail, Lares Trek and Salkantay trek. This decreases the number of buses and trains used on expeditions. They also have downhill mountain biking at Maras Moray, horseback riding, climbing and paragliding in the sacred valley of the Incas.

Their commitment is to Peru. They enlist tour guides who are also dedicated to the cause. They want provide positive responsible travel with minimal environmental impact. They invest in current recycling projects working with school children in Cusco. They help with the reforestation of Cajamarca with native plants, and a substantial part of company profits go directly to green projects supporting the reforestation of native plants of Peru. In fact most of the furnishings in their office are recycled materials and old furniture.

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Yes, I want to go to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, mostly because I was inspired by what I saw Green Peru Adventures doing. And you can't blame me, they offer a once in a lifetime adventure, and have the right attitude about it. It makes me happy that TrekkSoft is working with companies like Green Peru, and even more happy to know that Rolando feels the same way. “I am very happy to be working together, our first year was good, and I am sure TrekkSoft will keep improving to give us better service, all I can express is gratitude.” I just hope Rolando is feeling gracious when I ask for a free trip to Machu Picchu.

 

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Nelson Oduro

Written by Nelson Oduro

Nelson was part of TrekkSoft's marketing team in our New York Office for three years, paying particular attention to the growth of our digital marketing strategy.

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