How it started…
Founders Natalie and Carlos met in Australia in 2007 while they were both studying their Masters degrees at the University of Queensland. Together, they traveled and lived together around the world and eventually ended up in Carlos’ native Peru in early 2014.
Alternative Peru was born out of love for traveling and a wish to make a positive change through responsible travel in Peru. Founders Natalie and Carlos had the great idea to make a responsible business out of their hobby and combine it with their own educational and professional backgrounds. We started in late 2014 with just 1 community stay in the Andes and our signature local communities Lima tours. Bit by bit, we added more alternative and unique Lima tours and off-the-beaten-path Peru tours.
Our Lima and Peru tours all focus on authentic intercultural experiences that bring travelers to places beyond the traditional sights and give them a chance to have meaningful encounters with locals. We hope to show a beautiful different side of Peru that often is overlooked by the majority of tourists and that way spread the positive impact of responsible travel to other regions of Peru. Our Lima and Peru tours benefit the local communities we visit but also different NGOs that are working hard on a variety of issues, such as indigenous rights, empowerment of vulnerable young people, environmental awareness, child rights, etc. We’re very happy to be working with them and we hope to add some more in the future as we continue to grow.
Our mission: Authentic off-the-beaten-path experiences with a positive footprint
Alternative Peru’s mission is to help grow responsible tourism in Peru because we believe it has great potential to strengthen Peru’s economy in a sustainable way and to replace harmful non-sustainable economic activities that are now driving Peru’s economy but are not decreasing inequality. Therefore, Alternative Peru creates and offers authentic off-the-beaten-path tours for travelers visiting Peru. Tourism in Peru tends to focus on only certain areas of the country, which means that benefits from tourism are also concentrated in certain areas. At Alternative Peru, we know that Peru has so much more to offer. That’s why we want to give travelers the chance to discover some of the lesser known places of Peru, which allows them to experience Peruvian culture on a different level than if they would only visit the main tourist attractions. This will also ensure that more local people benefit from the growing amount of travelers to Peru.
Our values: Responsible travel
Alternative Peru believes very strongly in the values and positive impact of responsible tourism. Want to learn more about the ways in which we try to ensure our tours are responsible and sustainable? Check out the section dedicated to responsible travel.