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Inca Trail Porters: Unsung Heroes of the Andes

The porters of the Inca Trail are in charge of carrying cooking utensils, gas bottles, mining equipment, supplies for the 4-day trek, as well as tents and sleeping bags. Most of them come from towns near Cusco and never had the opportunity to go to school to study, that is why they work as porters to help their numerous families economically since each porter has 3 to 4 children and in this way give their children the opportunity to go to school and have a better future since Cusco depends on tourism.

The Unsung Heroes of the Inca Trail: The Porters

The legendary Inca Trail isn’t just about ancient ruins and breathtaking views. It’s about the porters, the backbone of this iconic trek. These tireless individuals, carrying the weight of your adventure on their shoulders, are the heart and soul of the trail.

Strength and Spirit:

Imagine traversing the rugged Andes. The porters, laden with tents, food, and equipment, navigate steep inclines and treacherous paths with unwavering determination. Their endurance is unmatched as they conquer dense forests, rocky terrain, and high-altitude passes, all while maintaining a warm smile and sharing local stories.

Beyond the Hike:

The porters are cultural ambassadors. They set up camp, prepare meals, and ensure your comfort, allowing you to be awestruck by the surrounding beauty. Their dedication often goes unnoticed, but their hard work creates a seamless experience for every trekker.

Guardians of the Legacy:

Reaching Machu Picchu, remember the porters. They embody the spirit of the Andes, preserving this sacred trail and carrying the dreams of countless travelers. Their silent footsteps echo through the ages, a testament to their resilience and connection with nature.

Honor the Porters:

As you embark on your Inca Trail adventure, show appreciation for these remarkable individuals. Their invaluable contribution makes your journey possible. So, let the spirit of the porters inspire you as you explore the majestic landscapes of the Andes.

Inca Trail Porters Law

In January 2001, government regulations with the Porter law established a weight of 25 kilos (about 55 pounds) including the weight of the 4-day excursion and your personal belongings, they chose to give a very clear warning so that companies Treat your support staff better before receiving a large fine. This was evident before these regulations, the porters had to carry much heavier weights than indicated. Currently, there is a control at KM 82 where each porter is controlled and thus be careful with these people.

Porters Working Condition

For a long time, the porters had terrible treatment on the Inca trail, carrying weights of up to 50 kilos. Nowadays, with the 2001 regulations, their work has changed drastically since most travel agencies have to give them all the necessary equipment such as hiking shoes, pants, rain jackets, belts, backpacks, etc. and in some way, the work is made easier. Even other companies send tents for the porters to sleep in since most travel agencies do not send them and they have to sleep in The dining tent, in general, there are still some details that need to be improved and in terms of salary it went up drastically in this way to better help their families but they can only work 4 times a month since before they could work up to 7 times a month somehow this It is a positive lake since they will be able to rest more time and be with their families.

Choosing a Responsible Tour Operator

In case you didn’t know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich like GAP, intrepid without General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you didn’t know that, according to the United Nations, for every $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or with foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Typically, almost all the money goes back to big companies. operating outside the destination countries.

The saddest thing is that they come to invest and give work to local people, but they do not have a good salary. In general, we recommend hiring a local company since it helps the staff better.