Alternative Inca trail treks in Peru

COUNTRY:
Peru
LOCATION:
Inca Trail
HOLIDAY TYPE:
High altitude / strenuous walking vacations
DEPARTURES:
CHECK AVAILABILITYWeekly departures throughout the year
PRICE:
From US $720 (5 days) excluding flights
MORE INFO:
Additional departures available so please contact us with your preferred dates. We are a UK based company and can offer prices and take payments in GBP sterling however exchange rates may vary. Price includes: large tents , camping mat, dining and kitchen tent tent, toilet facilities, English speaking guide, cook, pack horses (carry 10kg luggage per person), meals trek, first-aid kit, entry and guided tour of Machu Picchu, bus to and from site, train / bus ticket back to Ollantaytambo/Cusco.
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Alternative Inca trail treks in Peru

Alternative Inca trail treks in Peru

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The story of the provider of Alternative Inca trail treks in Peru

The founder of this tour operator set up in 1998 after working as a trek leader and writing guidebooks in South America. She decided to offer alternative trekking routes that no one else was doing, where you’re more likely to cross paths with local people. She maintains close personal relationships with her suppliers and is godmother to several of their children. Her small specialised team have really walked the walks and so know exactly what they’re talking about; they familiarise themselves with the hiking trails every year and believe the Andean way of life is well worth sharing.

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Date Prices (Adult,pp) Status  
22 Apr 2014 US $720 excluding flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Apr 2014 departure
29 Apr 2014 US $720 excluding flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Apr 2014 departure
06 May 2014 US $720 excluding flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 06 May 2014 departure
13 May 2014 US $720 excluding flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 13 May 2014 departure
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Avoid disappointment - book your Inca Trail vacation in time
Over the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail in order to protect it from overuse.The aim is to minimise ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available - 500 per day (around 200 for travelers and the rest for staff) - and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 3 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.

Responsible travel: Alternative Inca trail treks in Peru

On our treks we buy fresh local produce. In preference we choose local over imported goods, encouraging the use of Andean products in our cooking. We minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. Rubbish is carried out.

We operate our treks together with a Cusco company, owned and managed locally. We employ local staff and involved in their ongoing training. All our trek staff do not carry more than the maximum load and are provided with tents and food. We pay and treat our staff fairly. We support the Tourism Concern Porters Policy.


Clean burning fuel is used to cook meals. We use biodegradable detergents when washing the cooking and eating utensils. If any part of our tour or trek is operated by another company, we try to ensure that high standards are maintained.

We are continuing to undertake community projects such as clothing and school equipment donations. Each year we donate some money to the communities our Inca Trail porters come from.
We support a children’s health care project in Cusco. We are happy to distribute your donations of much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through this organization - please contact us for details of how you can help.

Since 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.

The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in vacation projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, vacation programmes.

We are now also financially supporting the UK registered charity Amantani which is running boarding houses for children in the remote Andean region around Cusco. It is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational and sustainabale.

And we are planting trees as part of a reforestation project in Peru.

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