Help keep Machu Picchu pristine and plastic free
Every stay at the beautifully rustic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel helps to preserve Peru’s enigmatic ruined citadel. Accessible only by hiking the Inca Trail or by train, Machu Picchu was the first heritage destination in Latin America to deal effectively with single-use plastic, processing it in a compacting plant in nearby Machu Picchu Pueblo. Since then, Inkaterra has helped set up eco-friendly systems to treat organic waste and recycle used cooking oil into biodiesel, making the village totally self-sufficient in waste management.
Get a penguin’s-eye-view of Sydney Harbour
Did you know there’s a colony of wild penguins less than 10 miles by boat from Sydney Opera House? It was a local secret for many years. The best way to see them is with Sydney Harbour Boat Tours, an eco-certified fleet carrying no more than 12 passengers per boat. Its skippers are locals who make each trip an educational, non-invasive experience, keeping at least 20 metres away from the penguins’ breeding sites. Studious about protecting the water from pollution, they also volunteer as wildlife rescuers.
The world’s largest natural harbour looks glorious from any angle. For a down-to-earth base with strong sustainability credentials and stunning water views, Sydney Harbour YHA is hard to beat. Hot on energy, waste and water management, it also hosts an urban archaeology centre for schoolkids.
Get a fresh perspective on Angkor Wat
To visit Siem Reap’s spectacular temple complex not just as a tourist, but as somebody who is building a meaningful connection with the province, volunteer for a women’s empowerment programme. GVI runs projects that help advance gender equality in Siem Reap by sharing healthcare advice and teaching languages and life skills. Placements lasting between one and 12 weeks, with time off to travel, cost from £1,150, excluding flights.
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