Porter Welfare (INCA TRAIL)
ARE YOU GOING TO THE INCA TRAIL TREK THIS YEAR?
READ THIS PAGE BEFORE YOU GO, MAKE SURE YOUR BEST ADVENTURE IS ENJOYED BY ALL, INCLUDING YOUR CARRIERS.
In mountainous regions around the world, thousands of men and women and in some cases desperate, including children, work as trekkers.
They transport extraordinary loads for the mountain trails, often very poorly equipped with insufficient clothes or footwear for a very small salary.
Being a Porter for a trekking group of Inca trails in Peru may, for many of us, seem like a thankless task with low wages and heavy work.
However, in many of the poor communities where we walk, a job like Porter looks like:
• Well paid compared to the local minimum wages.
• An opportunity to save money to buy seed and continue working on their land.
To be able to walk the Inca Trail, it is necessary to hire the services of an accredited tour operator.
Before hiring the services of a tour operator, it is necessary to take into account that most tour operators offer the same service.
The service provided can be extremely similar from one company to another, but what is important is the fact that not all tour operators charge the same rate and the difference is in many cases very large.
Nothing ensures that if you pay a very high rate, the contracted company will pay better salary to the porters.
Do you want to help the porters? .. hire a local tour operator and when you finish your walk offers a few dollars as a direct gift to your porters, they are the heroes and they deserve it.
The government of Peru has created a law of the carrier by which the abuses committed with the porters have been reduced in extreme.
The weight controls and minimal equipment for the porters are extremely strict.
The rates and salary payments for porters have a minimum established, so that this work has become in most cases a good alternative to obtain liquid money.
On the other hand, we believe that porters are the backbone of our company.
Without them, we could not help our valuable clients and give them the attention they deserve by presenting the spectacular beauty of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
We have adopted the following guidelines, which we refer to as our Porter Protection Policy:
Salary of good and fair work.
The transported weight is limited to around 25 kilos
Food suitable for the carrier
Accident / medical insurance.
Freedom to receive a direct tip in the last camp. (some companies forbid this)
We know that our porters are important, without them, many tourists would never have had the opportunity to make these Andean walks.