EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU S.R.L, is a local company owned and operated by the manager, Ruben in Cusco, Peru. Ruben has lived in the Andes his entire life, and is proud of his ancestral roots, he is a model of self-improvement for his community. He was born in a small community called Choquepata. This is known as the land of the guinea pigs, where the most requested regional typical dish is prepared. Choquepata is in the south valley of the Cusco city. Growing up in a small Quechuan village ignited his passion for his Incan heritage and his love of hiking in the surrounding mountains. Ruben went to a Quechua speaking Elementary and High School in his local village. He then went on to continue his studies at Cusco University where he studied Tourism after he studied Tourism Management at San Ignacio de Loyola University in Cusco. After working in the tourism industry in Cusco and Lima , he brings years of experience in the tourism .
PORTER, What is a porter?
Thousands of tourists hike the Inca Trail each year and this would not be possible without the help of our valuable porters who carry all of our equipment, personal belongings, food, and hiking gear. A porter is the most important person on the Inca Trail trek, and perhaps the most misunderstood both by tourists as well as Inca Trail tour operators. The porters are the most important because they are the ones making your tour as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Question is, who are the porters?
Porters are indigenous Cusqueñian people who have lived in Cusco, at 4,000 meters high, all of their lives relying on the land of the Andes. Due to economic problems, it is important for these local indigenous people to continue working in the mountains they know so well, rather than give up their jobs in the country to move to the city. They prefer to stay in their local villages and support the education of their children by working as porters on tours. Sadly, many tour operators don't give them the recognition they deserve. Often tour operators do NOT provide porters with adequate clothing or gear for carrying things while paying them very low salaries. Because of this, you will see thirsty, hungry porters with a low morale along the Inca Trail. Our government has created the Law of the Porter, which requires tour agencies to treat porters better and provide necessary resources for them, but sadly, many of these regulations are not met. Please make sure that the agency you book through respects the Porter Law and be sure to ask for proof of this. Otherwise you could be contributing to the ill treatment of these hard-working porters.
Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607 (Dec 6th 2001)
Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897
Article 3 Conditions of work:
- Transport up to the point of departure to the end of the trip.
- Limit of load up of 20 kilograms.
- Warm equipment and accommodation
- Special belts to protect their backs from injuries
- Appropriate rest and sleep during the trip
- Provision of sufficient food, and appropriate clothing (warm jacket, rain ponchos, walking boots and backpacks)
- Fair and decent Payment on time on Day 4 at 10am Life / Accident Insurance the Social Security of Health
- Social Assistance to our Porter`s families not only in Christmas.
Article 6 Single, fair and decent payment to our crew.
Article 7 Minimum age of a porter is 18 years.
The Congress of the Peruvian Republic Lima, on December 6th 2001.
In these regulations, the travel agencies have to follow these rules.
Just 500 people including porters start the trek per day.
Travelers had to book for the Inca in advance at least 3 months before departure.
Porters were banned from carrying more than 50 kg. and it was reduce to 20 kg. Which is still very difficult to carry as the trek last for hours.
Porters had to have a union where they had to decide their salary per day, which is about 42 soles per day and about 168 soles per trek.
Porters did not have to carry any kerosene but instead all travel agencies had to provide a tank of gas, kitchen tent, dinning tent, tables and chairs.
They made several campsites in several different places, so groups had to arrive in those places and did not camp anymore in the Inca ruins.
All trash that was generated by the groups had to be taken out from the national park and separated out in different plastic bags of black, red, and green.
Groups have to be organized with tour guides with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 16 members and two guides.
Normally low prices imply ill-treatment and/or exploitation of Inca Trail porters.
Watch and see how our porters work
- Our Company, EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU treats its porters well.
- Our porters and cooks work With Us on a regular basis.
- Our porters Have Life Insurance
-The families of the porters directly obtain the benefits of working with us.
-There is a house in Cusco where all the porters can rest before and after the journey.