Social Responsibility

Our sustainability policy incorporates the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in those destinations where we operate, minimizing actions that may generate a climatic change, aiming for the welfare of our employees, clients, partners, providers and the community.

Condor Travel in investing in the future by directing a strong focus on sustainable tourism projects and practices. Our objectives are to set in place responsible practices that will have a minimal impact on the environments and communities in which we work while at the same time ensuring our clients enjoy a memorable trip.

Condor Travels Rainforest Alliance certification* for our Cusco based operations, is concrete proof of the company and the staff’s efforts in continually working towards achieving the balance of protecting the environment, nurturing local communities, having minimal impact while delivering the highest level of product and services.

* The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods. Through the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, they provide forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with an independent and transparent verification, validation and certification based on standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.

Being conscious of our duty to support development in the communities where we operate, Condor Travel created in 2007 a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable tourism Wings. The Wings Association mission is to identify and to develop projects that are conducive to building synergies among local communities and travelers seeking to learn more about the regions in which they travel.


Mullaka's Misminay

The first project undertaken by Wings was developed in the Cusco village of Mullaka’s Misminay. Located an hour and fifteen minutes from the city of Cusco in the heart of the Sacred Valley, this project has been undertaken to enhance the education and well being of community members though a direct engagement with responsible tourism operations and practices.


Travelers can share in the daily activities of Mullaka’s Misminay villagers, such as helping with farm chores and the herding of animals, learning about knitting and weaving techniques and gaining and insight into traditional healing techniques with the use of endemic plants. They may also spend the night in specially outfitted homes with local families where travelers can take their learning experience one more step by learning some rudimentary Quechua, the indigenous dialect as well as sample some customary dishes.

Condor Travel, in conjunction with leading hotels of Peru, also offers community members hospitality training courses, focusing on such skill as cooking and housekeeping in order that international guest visiting the community have a complete experience.

Condor Travel is financing the construction of additional rooms for households in which community members have been trained to welcome international travelers. The cross-cultural experience had by both the members of the Mullaka’s Misminay community and their international guests is a unique experienced offered exclusively by Condor Travel.

RAIN FOREST ALLIANCE

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods. Through the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, they provide forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with an independent and transparent verification, validation and certification based on standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods. Through the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, they provide forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with an independent and transparent verification, validation and certification based on standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.

The Rainforest Alliance, by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior, envisions a world where people can thrive and prosper in harmony with the land.

The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability that helps both businesses and consumers do their part to ensure a brighter future for us all.

Condor Travel is Rainforest Alliance Certified for our operations in Cusco. This means that by continually focusing on and developing social responsible tourism practices and projects, we are laying a course to protect the environment, support, strengthen and build independence for the local communities while maintaining the highest level or products and services for our international travelers that Condor travel is famous for.

The commitment to advocating sustainable tourism is across all of our destinations!

Wings and a good wind are all that is needed to fly to great heights. Created in 2007, Condor Travel non-profit organization Wings, promotes sustainable tourism in the many destinations in which Condor Travel operates. The Wings Association mission is to identify and to develop projects that are conducive to building synergies among local communities and travelers seeking to learn more about the regions in which they travel.

The programs run by Wings are designed to give “wings” to the community members so they can take flight, actively joining in the tourism sector and thereby gain a stronger more secure independent future.

Wings, the NGO that oversees Condor Travel's corporate social responsibility projects, was born from the project being currently underway in a small village in Cusco region called Mullak’as - Misminay. This initial venture, which has already earned international recognition from the Educational Travel Community (ETC), is centered on the community of Misminay.

Embracing the commitment made to the community, Condor Travel has introduced training programs for community members on farming, textile production and customer service techniques. Condor Travel is also financing the construction of additional rooms for households in which community members have been trained to welcome international travelers.

This interaction with international tourists has become a point of pride and of great importance to Misminay community as the townsfolk don't just see tourists passing through their town, but now they share in their travel experiences as well.

In 2012, Condor Travels NGO division, Wings, and the Municipalities of Urubamba, Cusco and Maras added another project to its portfolio; the bringing to the Mullak'as - Misminay community of a hitherto missing vital resource – clean drinking water!

The joint partnership between Condor Travel and local government bodies, brings a 500 000 sole construction project that will see the building of a storage tank to gather rain water and a filtration system that will deliver potable water to over 150 families in the Mullak'as - Misminay community.

The project is also sponsored and supported by Just a Drop, an international water aid charity.

These two projects are clear statements of Condor Travels commitments to local communities and the ongoing goal to further enhance trough our Wings Division, social responsible tourism practices and projects benefiting the areas and communities in which we operate.

As part of our commitment to the promotion of responsible tourism practices, we have acknowledged the need to develop, organize and run innovative ecological programs in South America.

The sale of carbon bonds or credits allows travelers to offset the carbon footprint generated during their trip; domestic flights booked by Condor Travel, road transfers and transport, river cruises and rail travel. By purchasing the carbon credit a traveler contributes to preservation of areas of the Amazon rainforest in Tambopata region – under an hours flight from either Lima or Cusco. Buying one carbon credit equates to 1 ton of CO² countered, which in turn helps preserve 25m² / 90ft² of Amazonian rainforest forest: The lung of the planet and a place biodiversity rich.

Condor Travel, hand in hand with the ONGS AIDER and the Association for Research and Integral Development, will develop programs to educate the community on the preservation of the forest, design experiential tourism activities in the region and in this manner, the local population will not only appreciate the natural beauty of the rainforest but also how, when protected and nurtured it can generate ongoing income.

Our customers can support the our initiative by the carbon credit program into their travel programs and products and by promoting responsible tourism that can assist in generating additional sales.

Complimenting the carbon credit we are also looking at ways to lessen the burden on the environment with the introduction of low impact “green” products such as bicycle tours, visits to the Amazon Reserve, traditional agriculture activities and visits to our Wings supported local community initiative of Mullak'as – Misminay.