You may want to consider choosing local guides and tour companies whenever possible. Hiring local tour guides benefits local economies and will give you unique experiences in less travelled areas of your destination. Local touring companies also tend to support environmental restoration projects in their region, which leverages your dollars to fight against climate change.
One such company is Kuoda Travel, a locally operated luxury touring company in Peru that partners with indigenous communities to offer immersive travel experiences. Kuoda Travel also gives back to the environment by participating in habitat restoration efforts in the Amazon Basin.
Mery Calderon, founder of Kuoda Travel draws inspiration from her roots in Cusco Peru and her childhood experience working in a souvenir shop owned by her parents. She founded Kuoda with a mission to provide authentic cultural and natural tours of South America.
In return, tourism promotes cultural preservation and environmental conservation. Kuoda offers four community-led travel experiences that celebrate indigenous culture. In Kuoda’s “Rituals and Music: Connecting with Ancient Spirits” tour, shamans lead guests through meaningful ceremonies honoring the solstice and other events.
If you’re seeking an incredibly immersive experience, stay with a host family for Kuoda’s “Uros People of Lake Titicaca: A Floating Culture program.” You will reside in the remarkable Uros community, located on islands floating in Lake Titicaca, constructed from Totora reeds. Join your hosts for daily activities such as harvesting these essential reeds, navigating the lake by canoe, and setting up nets to catch fish. It’s a truly unique way to experience a local, niche lifestyle.