Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.
Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.
We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.
Tierra Atacama is the first hotel in South America to product solar-powered electricity. This hybrid system meets the hotel's daily energy demand which avoids burning more than 110,000 litres of diesel annually, reducing the carbon footprint by 320-350 tonnes of CO2 every year. 100% of the water at Tierra Atacma is extracted from Tierra's own well, avoiding tapping into the townspeople's supply. Tierra has also supported an archaelogical study on the property where more than 400 pieces of pre-Hispanic material have been found and donated to the Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum in San Pedro de Atacama. Tierra Atacams also takes part in a dual education system at Likan Antai, a technical school where more than 40 apprentices under guidance of experts in teh fields of tourism, have gained experience in electricity and agriculture programs, appointing graduates to continue working with Tierra.
While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE