American Explorers - Cusco Clubhouse
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.
Membership Benefits Include:
- Discounts with travel agents, hotels and restaurants
all over South America.
- Clubhouses full of maps, guidebooks and other
info to help you make the most of your trip.
- Luggage storage, internet, phone calls and you
can have your post sent to us.
- Library and book exchange
- Information packs and sheets of different areas,
plus trip reports from other travelers, both in
clubhouses and online.
- Databases of organizations looking for volunteers,
many of whom don´t charge.
|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
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!