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 Our porters

Porters are an essential part of your Inca Trail experience. They do the heavy lifting to ensure you have a comfortable experience on the Inca Trail, which due to its high altitude can make carrying a heavy backpack challenging for people who aren ́t used to strenuous exercise at these heights. 

[Porters are required on the Inca Trail by the Peruvian government, which only supplies hiking permits to authorized groups operated by an official Inca Trail Operator, such as Southern Peru Explorers. The government has set up legal standards, which regulate the use of ] 

Because of the important and difficult work the porters do, one of our top values is to pay and treat our porters fairly. 

Porters are often men from rural communities that work in subsistence farming, and the income they receive from working as porters on the Inca Trail a few times a year is essential for their families to purchase extra food that they can ́t grow themselves, clothes, and school supplies for their children. For this reason, our porter salary is substantially above the minimum standards set by the Peruvian government, and is about 50% higher than many Inca Trail operators. 

 

 Community Support

Our treatment of our porters goes beyond simply their salaries – throughout their work on the trail, we strive to offer our porters top working conditions. We make sure each porter doesn ́t carry more than 20 kg – far from the 30 kg that some porters are expected to carry, and that their hiking equipment is comfortable and well-fitted. Our porters are well fed throughout the hike, making sure they have enough energy to carry out their important work. Finally, we provide good quality camping equipment, making sure that the porters have warm and dry conditions to sleep in, just like all of the guests on the hike. 

Because we care about our porters and their families, we do what we can to support them, including gifting books and toys to their children. We are working to develop these activities into a more formal charitable arm of Southern Peru Explorers. 

While we don ́t yet have an official charitable program, the Southern Peru Explorers team cares deeply about the local indigenous communities between which our network of hiking trails weave. We have carried out a number of informal activities, such as Christmas-time events in rural communities in which we share food and hot chocolate with local children. Watch a video of one of these events below: 

 

Social Comment

We are committed to providing top working conditions to all of our staff, including our porters, who have one of the most challenging jobs on the trail. We also carry out activities to benefit local indigenous communities in the Cusco region. Read more about our social commitment here: [___].

Sustainability

Our treks wind through gorgeous Andean and jungle landscapes, rich with spectacular flora and fauna. We recognize what a tragedy it would be if tourism were to negatively impact the environment of the Cusco region, which is why we practice sustainable tourism. We work hard to keep the trails and our campsites clean, to show our gratitude and respect for this beautiful region, and to leave it in pristine conditions for the generations that will live and travel here in the future.

 Our porters

Porters are an essential part of your Inca Trail experience. They do the heavy lifting to ensure you have a comfortable experience on the Inca Trail, which due to its high altitude can make carrying a heavy backpack challenging for people who aren ́t used to strenuous exercise at these heights. 

[Porters are required on the Inca Trail by the Peruvian government, which only supplies hiking permits to authorized groups operated by an official Inca Trail Operator, such as Southern Peru Explorers. The government has set up legal standards, which regulate the use of ] 

Because of the important and difficult work the porters do, one of our top values is to pay and treat our porters fairly. 

Porters are often men from rural communities that work in subsistence farming, and the income they receive from working as porters on the Inca Trail a few times a year is essential for their families to purchase extra food that they can ́t grow themselves, clothes, and school supplies for their children. For this reason, our porter salary is substantially above the minimum standards set by the Peruvian government, and is about 50% higher than many Inca Trail operators. 

 

 Community Support

Our treatment of our porters goes beyond simply their salaries – throughout their work on the trail, we strive to offer our porters top working conditions. We make sure each porter doesn ́t carry more than 20 kg – far from the 30 kg that some porters are expected to carry, and that their hiking equipment is comfortable and well-fitted. Our porters are well fed throughout the hike, making sure they have enough energy to carry out their important work. Finally, we provide good quality camping equipment, making sure that the porters have warm and dry conditions to sleep in, just like all of the guests on the hike. 

Because we care about our porters and their families, we do what we can to support them, including gifting books and toys to their children. We are working to develop these activities into a more formal charitable arm of Southern Peru Explorers. 

While we don ́t yet have an official charitable program, the Southern Peru Explorers team cares deeply about the local indigenous communities between which our network of hiking trails weave. We have carried out a number of informal activities, such as Christmas-time events in rural communities in which we share food and hot chocolate with local children. Watch a video of one of these events below: 

 

Social Comment

We are committed to providing top working conditions to all of our staff, including our porters, who have one of the most challenging jobs on the trail. We also carry out activities to benefit local indigenous communities in the Cusco region. Read more about our social commitment here: [___].

Sustainability

Our treks wind through gorgeous Andean and jungle landscapes, rich with spectacular flora and fauna. We recognize what a tragedy it would be if tourism were to negatively impact the environment of the Cusco region, which is why we practice sustainable tourism. We work hard to keep the trails and our campsites clean, to show our gratitude and respect for this beautiful region, and to leave it in pristine conditions for the generations that will live and travel here in the future.

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