The environment has always been the major concern in the operations of Ecoinka:
We are committed to a respect for nature and culture of every place we visit. In our years of operation we have developed an environmental management system that provides the tools to operate trips with a respect for nature and culture.
We believe that education is the key element in this system and that is why we regularly train our staff in the art of visiting places without leaving a trace behind other than our footprints and taking home only pictures, memories and possibly a handicraft. Our staff is composed mainly by people who come from local ethnic cultural backgrounds and a part of our regular sessions consists of seminars that emphasize the importance of maintaining their cultural heritage and identity. Over the years we have also helped rural schools by donating books, pens, pencils, plus other educational materials including a computer donated in 2006 to the community school of Piscacucho.
We also believe in the importance of promoting participation in the business of tourism by the local inhabitants of the places we visit, this is why we are actively involving local people and communities in joint ventures: We have a tented camp and are developing two more that belong to local owners trained by us in their management and operation. This we believe will guarantee sustainability of each tented camp we develop in conjunction. We are also part of a project to develop several more of these joint venture tented camps in association with other organizations to strengthen their sustainability.
In the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary that is part of the National Park System of Perú, we are actively involved with communities that inhabit the Buffer Zone in the development of a ring of protection for the park. This is based in developing trekking programs in the buffer zone that provides work for the local people, based on the concept that if they benefit from tourism in Machu Picchu, they will be the most interested in protecting the park.