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Plant A Tree Campaign

SAM Travel Peru is a socially responsible tour operator concerned about the environment. Our Plant A Tree campaign creates awareness to local communities and the citizens of the city of Cusco that deforestation issue in the Andes Mountains is a serious one. As each year, many mountain slopes are void of trees and that causes a huge decline in the wildlife. Trees are a crucial part of the Andean environment because of their beauty, their ability to help the soil regenerate and oxygen as well as become healthy forests for native wildlife to live in. The local livestock and the communities living near them are part of the deforestation issue.

SAM Travel Peru is creating awareness through its Plant A Tree campaign as we work with the local communities to teach them about the positive cycle of replenishing. We teach them that by replacing a new tree in place of a cut down one, we create a solution to the deforestation issue. We have worked with the Kiswarani Community and planted 10,000 trees on the slopes of the Lares Valley. We had about 70 people take part in hard work to plant the slopes of the surrounding mountains with 10,000 Queuna trees. Queuna tree are native to the Andes Mountains and better than Eucalyptus trees, these trees are not native to the area and destroy the environment by growing over many native plants. The Kiswarani community looks forward these newly planted tree to grow into strong forests to ensure the protection of the local wildlife and admire their beauty!

Plant A Tree campaign benefits:

  • Restoring or enhancing the natural beauty of the Andean Mountains
  • Replenishing the forests previous destroyed by deforestation
  • Reducing soil erosion and wind erosion
  • Reducing water evaporation and protecting and improving water quality
  • Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Providing food and cover for wildlife and livestock.
  • Protecting livestock from the elements and especially the wind and cold
  • Increasing our supply of renewable resources

NEW 2019 MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS

Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. UNESCO has been concerned with the increase of visitors to Machu Picchu within the last few years and worries that these crowds are causing damage. They have established new regulations for 2019 to reduce visitor traffic within this archaeological complex.

These new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019. All visitors will now be limited to 4 hour visiting sessions. Tickets to Machu Picchu will be divided into three daily sessions: early morning (6AM – 9AM), late morning (9AM – 12PM) and early afternoon (12PM – 3PM). Within these sessions, visitors must choose a specific hour to visit. This is to regulate and reduce visitor traffic within the citadel– each hour will be limited to 600 visitors.

The new regulations will have a direct impact on: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with the citadel itself). In order to enjoy your tour of the citadel and hike the additional mountains, you will need to purchase an extra entrance ticket to the ruins extending your time allowed inside. This means that Huayna Picchu tickets will go up from $35 per person to $75 per person

All tours include the entrance to Machu Picchu but, in order, to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu entrance ticket with the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu permit, which will cost a total of $75 per person. These new regulations will come into effect starting January 1, 2019 and will apply towards all tours. If you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with us and do not want to pay the higher fee, please contact us at: samtravelperu@gmail.com

These are new regulations that will take effect starting January of 2019, keep visiting our page and social sites for more information or updates on these regulations.

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