1) Please tell something about your organization and your key achievements & benefits you provide.
South American Explorers Club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions within South America by fostering greater awareness of the continent through the diffusion of information and cross-cultural exchange. The Club functions mainly as an information network for South America, with clubhouses in Cusco, Lima, Buenos Aires and Quito. Since 1977, researchers, explorers, students and travelers from all over the world have used SAE clubhouses and online info as a base to network and plan activities. Whatever you want to do, South American Explorers can help with trip planning, and member recommended guides and outfitters, discounts on lodging, schools, travel…and much more. We are not a travel agent or tour operator, rather we specialize in assisting independent travelers make the most of their experience without breaking the bank. We are a non profit organisation that provides personal help backed up with over 30 years of experience. That´s how long we´ve been helping researchers, students, travelers and volunteers heading to South America. So have a look at our website and contact us to see what we can do to help you!
Cost: Membership costs $60 for one year. Discounts for students, volunteers, families, or if more than one person joins at a time.
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2) What are the top 3 most valuable benefits visitors can expect if they plan a visit to the destination and organization you represent?
The most valuable thing for visitors to our club is that they can get information and ideas about what to do and where to go in South America – that they probably wouldn´t find in conventional travel agents. Most people come to Cusco for instance to see Machu Piccu, but are you aware there is beautiful runis and sceneryin the Sacred Valley, traditional lifestyles in the Lares valley, ancient religion and world class trekking in the Ausangate region. For travelers who want to do a little bit of exploring and get off the beaten path we are a fabulous resource.
3) Most of our readers are vegetarian. They don’t eat meat, fish or eggs. Do you have facilities for vegetarian food near the popular tourist destinations?
We give out information so in Cusco we keep a list of restaurants including those that are vegetarian (plenty in Cusco).
4) Which are the websites in English that gives information about destination and various tourist attractions?
We have general information pages plus Information Sheets on our website www.saexplorers.org. www.andeantravelweb.com is also useful.
5) Do you find that Asian Indians visit often visit the destination that you represent?
Cusco receives thousands of visitors but as far as I know, Asian Indians only make a small minority.
6) Do you provide an online facility or blogging platform for visitors to leave their experience?
We have a Facebook group, South American Explorers, Cusco Club, where people can share experiences.
7) What opportunities do you provide to experienced travel & hotel entrepreneurs to invest? Is there any website or Govt. agency responsible for channeling investments?
We are a non profit so people can donate, we also keep a database of local NGOs for individuals and organisations who would like to donate.
8) Has the current global economic downturn impacted the flow of tourists? How are you dealing with this situation?
We are a non profit so rely on the good reviews in guidebooks plus link exchanges with sympathetic organisations.
9) What does most visitors and guests enjoy the most when they visit your destination?
Tourism is lower but we will focus on volunteers and students..
10) What are the most popular festivals or events for general tourists?
Inti Raymi sis in June and Quoyoriti is in May. Both are traditional Andean / Inca festivals. Plus many religious festivals. There are a LOT of festivals in Cusco and the area.
11) What is the best way an American visitor can plan a trip to your destination?
The best way is to visit our website and come and see us in Cusco! We give independent travel advice on the best services on offer!