Throughout Peru, we work together with local people, paying them a fair price, and putting money into the local economy. On this trip we use local Peruvian teachers and stay with local families, providing a direct input into the economy. On our Inca Trail trek 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 are involved in the ongoing training of our trek staff. All our porters on the Inca Trail carry a maximum 20kg load, and are provided with tents and food. We pay and treat our staff fairly. We support the Tourism Concern Porters Policy. We support Ninos childrens 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.
We support a community project, called Huchuy Yachaq, in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermano Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco by paying for a teacher at the project, and making appropriate donations when required. The long term aim of this project is to support children and families so the children can actually go to school and stay in the education system for as long as possible giving them employment opportunities in the future and keeping them away from the dangers they face if they end up working on the streets.
We are also now supporting the UK registered charity Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targeted help which is educational & sustainable. A % of our turnover goes to support those projects.