If taking on the Inca Trail, don’t turn a blind eye to the people who will be carrying your bags, tents and everything including the kitchen sinks. Porters’ rights have become a huge issue in Peru
, and while they are now protected by law, many companies still try to skirt around it. When you travel with a responsible tourism company, you are ensuring fair pay for and treatment of porters. See our Inca Trail guide
for more details.
Don’t break the rules at Machu Picchu.
First and foremost, this is a sacred site, so respectful, common sense behaviour is the way to go. Streaking there is just not cool, for example – and yes, it has been done. No litter, no pinching of stones or plants, no wandering out of bounds, no alcohol, don’t feed the llamas, and respect the guides’ requests at all times.
Don’t overlook poverty.
Although the economy is on the up, a third of the country lives in poverty. So, use local guides and porters, and visit the charity restaurant Ruinas 415, while acclimatising in Cuzco, which supports social projects for Yanapay
. Shop in the markets, buy products made from sustainable balsa wood, and stay in a homestay.