Imperios Peru Travel Agency
In 2007, Elvis William Bombilla Taipe from Cusco, Perú founded Imperios Peru Travel Agency Tour Operator, with nothing more than a strong desire to create an authentic Peruvian Agency, the rich diversity of tradition, adventure and mystery makes Peru a fascinating country to visit. Many Foreing Operators take advantage of this, but this Travel Agency was born in Cusco, Peru land of the Incas.
There is something for everyone and more of what you're looking for .... discover lush landscapes in a sustainable tourism experience like nothing else in the world had ever seen. We offer an alternative adventure travel for cruises and bus trips are used to, not only want to change the way how the people look for adventure holidays time, but also show that travel within Peru, are unforgettable and will mark lifes forever through our social projects (SmileTerra) that these are full of Energy and Natural adventure. is an inherent belief to the core values that inspire our being and business today.
Includes luggage load during the Inka Trail
Do you carry our luggage while on the Inca Trail?
Yes! In Cuzco you will be provided with a large duffel bag in which you can place up to 6kg of personal items. Our Horses, Llamas or porters according our trip will carry these bags, along with your tent and sleeping bag while you hike the Inca Trail. (please note they will be weighed before we leave Cuzco). Items not required while on the trail can be stored safely at our hotel in Cuzco. All you will be required to carry is a daypack containing items you will need during the day (Water, camera, sunscreen, rain poncho, etc..).
Transfers are included
All transfers are included:
International Airport upon arrival in Peru or Ecuador, and in the beginning of each tour or trip, Also includes a professional assistant who will assist you with information on your excursion.
Machupicchu Full Day Includes
In all our programs according to itinerary includes 01 full day in Machu Picchu , you going to visit this magical city in your own step, either taking pictures, walking, getting power of mother nature, or simply just relaxing, you can also visit in the afternoon the hot springs in the town of Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, a great day of relaxation.
We lead with core values
Changing people lives
Ourgoal is to ensure an authentic and unforgettable life-changing experience foreveryone. After all, if you're not changing, you're not growing. And isn't thatwhat life is all about? It's true. In Imperios Peru Travel Agency, changingpeople's lives isn't just a mantra, it's the very core of our company culture,the essence of who we are, and the driving force behind everything we do. Theway we see it, change is the key to innovation, and people are the key tochange. From our CEOs (Experience Officers), staff, crew ,partners and ourtravellers we interact with every day.
Lead with Service
Imperios Peru Travel Agency has clearly defined Brand Standards for each and every aspect of our interaction with our guests. These standards are known as Gold Anchor Standards.
Our passion for travel is rivaled only by our commitment to those we serve. From helping our travellers choose the perfect trip, to providing them with the most authentic life-changing adventure possible, we go out of our way to ensure a travel experience unlike anything they've ever imagined. By continually striving to exceed expectations – both theirs and ours – we're better able to connect with our travellers and change the way they see the world.
Hacemos las Cosas Correctas
The foundation of our success is built on onevery simple principle: Do the right thing all the time, every time. For ourstaff, for our travellers, for the people and places we visit. It's thedifference between booking a trip and fulfilling a once-in-a-lifetimeadventure. It's a pledge to recognize the problems facing the world today andact quickly to meet them. Above all, it's a commitment to continually challengeourselves to see the big picture and bring about meaningful and positive changewhenever we can.
While most companies are busy thinking outside the box, we learned a long time agothat sometimes it's best to just get rid of the box altogether. That's why weencourage our staff – and our travellers – to be uniques, step off the beatenpath and boldly embark down the road less traveled. It's the reason our companyculture celebrates individuality, champions diversity and inspires fearlessinnovation. Unique? Maybe. Exciting? You bet. Coincidence? Absolutely not.
Health insurance Included
With the support of MAPFRE, the first insurance group in Latin America and Spain comprising 250firms in 44 countries. Please check box cover.
Becauseour liability for loss or damage is limited by the Travel Agency Contract, werecommend that all guests check their own insurance coverage. For greater peaceof mind, we offer Travel Insurance,including medical, baggage and Evacuation coverages to protect you during yourCovered Trip. Ask for it
Small Group in all our Excursions
We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings. This intimate size ensures that your group won't crowd your experience. You can expect anywhere from 12-16 travellers on a trip but the average is 14 with the exception of our ship-based and Overland truck trips. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes. Also we offer private tours in requested language, Portugues, Italian, French, Japanese,and others.
Public health rules apply in all our tours
Public Health rules apply, taking the model of the United States healthdepartment, in this way we ensure cleaning and health in all our itineraries,only in this way we avoid future complications.
we increased interest in foodpreparation and hygiene of the group while on a trip with us. For more information about what this means for us, pleasecontact us.
We recommend that allguests, regardless of the date of travel, contact a physician or a TravelMedicine Specialist certified by WHO to receive proper instructions.
Other sources of information can be found on the websiteof the Center for Disease Control.
Travelers Health www.cdc.gov / travel (in English) or atno cost by calling 1-877-FYI-TRIP and also on the website of the World Healthat www.who.int / vaccines-diseases / (in English). As our brochure detailingall our guests should ensure that they fit on the physical and medical for thetrip. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)provide guidelines on the required vaccinations for each country. In manycases, vaccines are only recommended, but in certain circumstances arerequired.
Create Happines & Communities
We're proud of our reputation as a leader ininnovative, in an authentic adventure travel, and we work hard to make sure westay there. Of course, it doesn't really feel like work when you love what youdo as much as we do. Perhaps it's because we're more than a company, we're afamily – a family of diverse individuals united by a profound respect for, andenthusiastic belief in, not only our values, but each other. This uniquecombination of respect and enthusiasm prevents us from losing sight of what mattersmost – community, people, cultural exchange – and reminds us that creatinghappiness is a privilege we all share together.
Get Smiles in our Social Proyect
Formany, travelling abroad opens our eyes to a world that is very different fromour own and inspires us to help make a difference in the lives of people andcommunities that we have visited. Whether you have recently returned home fromtravelling, or you just genuinely wish to help make a difference in the worldaround you, you can help by making a contribution to our (Social Proyect Smilteerra), the non-profit founded by Imperios PerúTravel Agency.
Annual Christmas in Cusco
Each year, Imperios Peru Travel Agency hosts a Christmas Party inCusco.committd to sharing the spirit of Christmas giving and participates inactivities distribuiting presents,meals,hot chocolate to children.
How do you envision our world in 50years? THE AMAZON lungs of the world's seven million squarekilometers of forest around the Amazon River, an area larger than Europe, actas a kidney for the planet because purifying the air by removing carbon dioxideand expel oxygen. the Amazon River rises in the department of Arequipa in Peruas a small creek in the hills of snow Mismi (Raura town) at 5600 meters.
Later changes its name: Apurimac, Ene, Ucayali. latter joins the great riverMarañón to form the Amazon, but in its way will nourish hundreds of othersmaller rivers.
Marañon born in Yapura snow at 5800 maslin the department of San Martin (also in Peru). SO our efforts insustainability as an organization reflect our commitment to the ideathat our children and grandchildren will have a wonderful natural environmentto explore throughout their lives. Our role as a company is to ensure thatwe're giving back more to the communities and the natural surroundings that wehelp you to visit than what is being taken away in our travels. Preservingcultural heritage and conserving and replenishing the natural environment,while improving the lives of local people, is the essence of our way oftravelling and is integrated into every decision and action we take ImperiosPerú.
- Tour Operations
- Our Leaders, Local Guides and Porters.
- Protect Children in Cusco.
- Giving back to the local community (Christmas Party and Earth Month)
- Green Initiatives.
- Porter Training and Education Program in Peru
- How you can help make a positive impact (Make a Positive Impact section below)
- Support a community project through Smileterra (How you can help)
- Plant a Tree Program.
- Sustainable Travel Tips
Whatis Sustainable Travel?
Sustainable Tourism is tourism that strives to minimize its impact on the environment, to respect local people and cultures, to offer economic benefit to local businesses and communities, and to provide a memorable experience for travellers and protects destinations for future generations. Using small-scale lodging, local transportation, supporting locally-owned businesses, and incorporating community-based ecotourism projects into tours are some ways travel can work towards sustainability
Whatdoes a Sustainable trip look like?
- Using efficient local transportation wherepossible, which also provides more interaction with local people.
- Staying at locally owned accommodations andsupporting local businesses, so that the money you spend stays within thefamilies and individuals you encounter along the way, enabling them to growtheir community.
- Encourage the preservation of culturalheritage by appreciating, but not altering, archaeological sites, samplinglocal cuisine, and learning about traditional customs and belief systems.
- Visiting local community projects. This willgive you a greater understanding of the issues facing local people and learnhow individuals are working to strengthen the heath and viability of theircommunities. You may also have a chance to volunteer and give back during yourvisit.
- Support fair trade by purchasing goodsdirectly from the individuals who have made them.
What does Sustainable Travel mean to you?
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Sustainable Operations and Initiatives?
Asa leader in sustainable adventure travel, Imperios Peru is dedicated tooffering low-impact tours that bene?t traveller and host alike. We work withlocal communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourismopportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmentaland cultural impacts. While our sustainable tourism policies and operatorstandards are constantly evolving, our commitment to socially andenvironmentally conscious travel has been with us since the company'sinception.
Wework closely with all our partners to ensure they operate in accordance withour Ecotourism Operator Standards:
- Employlocal guides, suppliers and operators in the destinations we travel.
- Maintainsmall-group sizes to limit negative social and environmental impacts.
- Homestaysare incorporated where possible.
- Trainingand employment opportunities are provided to local cooks and porters in Peruand we ensure fair payment and working conditions of all Imperios Peru TravelAgency porters and sherpas.
- Whenlocal transportation is not viable local operators are contracted to provideprivate transportation on our comfort and overland tours.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites and community-based ecotourism initiatives areincorporated into our tours.
- Insteadof staying in large foreign-owned all-inclusive resorts or hotel chains, we aimto support the local economy by staying in small-scale hotels where possible,otherwise, the best feasible option is employed.
Our Leaders, Local Guides and Porters.
We take pride in hiring staff that represent Imperios Peru Travel in a responsible manner, as they are the ones who have the biggest direct impact on how your tour is run. To ensure quality leadership amongst our employees:
- We employ local guides, suppliers and operators in the destinations we travel as they are able to provide our travellers with an insight into local customs, culture, history, flora and fauna.
- Tour leaders receive training in low-impact travel practices.
- Tour Leaders and Tour Guides must possess First Aid and CPR certification upon being hired.
- • Tour Leaders are encouraged to assist in researching socially and environmentally responsible operators and community-based tourism initiatives that can be incorporated into our tours.
Giving back to the local community
While much of the focus is on ensuring travellers are providedan enriching experience, the same goes for the communities we visit and thecities we work in. Sustainability is at the core of our type of travel bothnear and far. One of our long-standing community-based initiatives 'at home'.
Annual Christmas in Cusco
Each year, Imperios Peru hosts a Christmas in Cusco.Over 300 youth from low-income families, ages 6 to 12, are provided with adinner, a gift and participate in arts and crafts activities run by ImperiosPeru Travel staff, friends and family.
Earth Month, Not Justa Day.
Every April and August, Imperios Peru organizes communityinitiatives in celebration of Earth Month and Inca Earth Month at ourheadquarters in Cusco, our local offices around our Destinations, and on manyof our tours. From cleaning up our local neighborhoods, to planting trees andflower gardens at local community centers and green spaces, we are lending ahand to promote the importance of caring for your local environments both athome and abroad.
Imperios Perú Travel Agency has taken numerous steps to help ouroffices, and staff, minimize their impact on the environment and be aresponsible member of our local communities.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Inan effort to reduce paper use within the office, all fax transmissions and paystubs are sent electronically. We also donate used computers and equipment to HomeClinic San Juan de Dios in Cusco,City, refurbish these items for use by peoplewith limited access to technology.
Clean Air Commute
Aweeklong event to promote awareness of Cusco's air quality.Using cleanermethods of commuting to work. Pollution in the Clean Air.
Porter Training and Education Program in Peru.
Imperios Peru Travel Agency offers training courses to people from our local communitiesjust outside of Cuzco, Peru, to provide them with work opportunities andprepare them for the chance to be porters and cooks on the Inca Trail.
Ourporter training courses were developed as a way to provide job-skills trainingand educate community members about relevant social and environmental issues.Participants are divided into small groups of 10-15 to take part in variousworkshops.
Lessonsare provided that demonstrate practical techniques to use to avoid backinjuries, from carrying relatively heavy loads for multiple days. Other topicsincluded First Aid and English language lessons, training on proper disposal oforganic and inorganic waste, the importance of responsible tourism, and trustbuilding exercises. Participants are also given a copy of the Porter Law, whichis reviewed and discussed so that each person is aware of their rights asPorters.
Atraining course for cooks is also offered to teach participants how to preparefood for our travellers on the Inca Trail. This course covers food preparationand presentation of the Inka Trail menu. Our cooks are then provided with anopportunity to cook and serve food for the porters, guides, teachers and ImperiosPeru Travel Agency Cuzco office staff during the two-day training course.
Inorder to receive further training and work experience,participants from thesecourses have been hired to work for Imperios Peru Travel Agency on the IncaTrail. We ensure that our porters and cooks are paid fair wages in accordancewith the Porter Law and are provided with adequate food and camping equipment.We also pay for accident and life insurance, and all travel expenses to andfrom the point of departure. Our porters are also provided with special beltsto protect their backs from injury and carry a load limit of 20kg or less.
Through Smileterra, the non-profit founded by Imperios Peru Travel Agency, we haveestablished the Women's Weaving of Peru's Sacred Valley. Many members of theCo-op are wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of our porters and cooks. Thisproject encourages women of the community to be proud of their culturalheritage by developing and showcasing their intricate weaving skills. It alsoenables them to provide for their families and to benefit from tourism in a waythat avoids negative social and cultural impacts. Imperios Peru groupstravelling through this area have an opportunity to visit the project andpurchase weavings directly from the women who have made them.
Make a Positive Impact
Anytourism coming into a region can have a strong effect on local communities. Thechallenge is to ensure that the impact we have is positive, and helpful to thecommunities we are visiting. Keep in mind that your tourism dollars can changelives for the better if they are spent wisely!
Tourismshould never exploit or disrespect local cultures; if you are looking for aWesternized experience, you should re-consider travel to exotic locations. Whentravelling with a tour operator, research their organization to ensure thatthey contribute to the wellbeing of the local community, through initiativeslike health care, skills training, and resource development.
Tourismcan have a tremendous impact on the environment. People can trample plant-lifeand animal habitats, native species can be frightened away from habitats, carand plane emissions pollute the air, litter can accumulate, and development oftourism facilities can de-beautify natural areas. Find tour operators that tread lightly on the earth, visit eco-friendlyfacilities, have smaller group sizes, and support environmental conservationand restoration projects.
The most memorable vacation experiences are notspent visiting busy tourist-traps; they are those out-of-the-way localexperiences that engage you with the culture you are visiting. Spending yourmoney by supporting a locally owned and operated tourism facility,craft-collective, local guide, or accommodation, will ensure that your money issupporting local communities and going where it is truly needed
How you can help.
Formany, travelling abroad opens our eyes to a world that is very different fromour own and inspires us to help make a difference in the lives of people andcommunities that we have visited. Whether you have recently returned home fromtravelling, or you just genuinely wish to help make a difference in the worldaround you, you can help by making a contribution to Smileterra, the non-profitfounded by Imperios Peru Travel Agency.
Visit our Smileterra Projects
Many of our tours visit Smileterra projects. They are marked in our brochure and on our trip details on our website. Additionally, you can consider taking a Volunteer tour for a more-lasting positive impact.
FundraisingEvents Support a community project through Smileterra (How you can help)
the Smileterra Foundation organizes fundraising events to meet the needs of ourprojects. A listing of events is provided on the Smileterra.
Planta Tree Program.
Planta Trees help lessen your impact on climate change and the environment. We havepartnered with Trees for the Future to carry out reforestation programs, and weare currently planting indigenous species in the Andes and the Peruavian Rainforest.To participate in this program please click the Smileterra.
Join the Sustainable Traveller Community.
Meet other travellerscommitted to supporting sustainability at the Watering Hole. Share yourexperiences and ideas of what we can all do to ensure we have a positive impacton the areas in which we travel. Tell us what you're doing to minimize theimpact of your trip here Smileterra.
Sustainable Travel Tips.
Asa traveller, you can do a lot to help ensure that tourism remains a positiveexperience for travellers and hosts alike. The following guidelines offersuggestions for low-impact and culturally sensitive travel:
Respect cultural differences
Localcustoms and traditions may be different from our own. Take the time to learnwhat behaviour is acceptable and what isn't. When entering temples in Cusco wearlong pants or skirts and keep your shoulders covered.
Take photos with care
Alwaysask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if theyrefuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sureto follow through with your promise.
Learn a few phrases
Takethe time to learn about the country you are visiting. Learning about thecustoms and a few words in the local language can go a long way and isappreciated by the local people. It also makes your interactions moremeaningful and memorable.
Buy Gifts Locally
Ifbringing gifts to a host family, school or community, choose items that willhave a lasting impact. Items to consider include books or sporting equipment.When bringing items like soccer or basketballs, bring a pump too so that thegear can be enjoyed again and again. Also think about purchasing such itemslocally to support the economy.
Don't Pack Packaging
Limitproduct packaging and bring re-usable containers for things like toiletriesrather than one-time use travel size containers, which just add to waste inforeign countries.
Recyclingis extremely limited or non-existent in most developing countries. Avoidproducts with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tendto be re-used. Bring a reusable water bottle and be sure to fill it whenever possibleand think about bringing purification tablets to reduce waste from plastic,disposable bottles. Pack rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plugadapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places do nothave proper disposal facilities. Rechargeables are best but if this is notpossible, bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.
Protect local water systems
Oftenavailable at camping or outdoor stores, biodegradable products make a bigdifference when visiting fragile and pristine parts of the world. When campingtry to stay at least 50m away from waterways when brushing your teeth.
Stay on the trail
Strayingfrom the trail while hiking can cause erosion and other environmentally harmfulimpacts.
Respect endangered species
Donot buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or comefrom endangered species.