This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Inca trail experience, 10 days
We believe tourism should be educational and sustainable, as well as entertaining. We designed this trip to contribute minimal impact to the local environment with positive benefits to the local communities. All guides follow strict “green ethics”. Reusable water bottles are provided in an effort to encourage less waste and discourage the need for plastic throw-away bottles. Trekking guides, mountain biking guides and river guides are training in and practice ‘Leave No Trace’ principles. All waste materials on the trek will be packed out and disposed of properly. Extreme care is taken to leave the trail as they found it. All of our guides provide clear and committed instructions for interacting with nature and wildlife with efforts to preserve and leave undisturbed the beauty for generations to enjoy.
Hotels in the Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) and Cusco have been selected that practice ethical business standards and are committed to environmental preservation through various projects such as building community structures, supporting local schools and orphanages, sourcing food locally for their restaurants, recycling. They also all implement energy-efficient methods designed to reduce waste and resources, such as reusing linens, recycling plastics and metals.
Our Inca Trail trekking guides are Peruvian, registered, highly-experienced and have led several exploratory expeditions to lost cities in remote areas of Peru. Degrees in Tourism from Cusco University are required to be registered as Inca Trail guides. The 5-year course includes Peruvian history, languages, geography, geology and ecology. They are committed to environmentally and culturally responsible tourism. They are trained in emergency and evacuation procedures, first-aid, treatment of hypothermia and altitude sickness and receive periodic training designed to maintain and improve their expertise. All crew members, cook and porters, are from the local area.
All foods provided on the trek will be purchased from local markets in Cusco, contributing to the local economy. The river rafting guides and mountain biking guides are English-speaking Peruvians and licensed.
As members of the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association), we promise to only work with partners and guides who are conscious and conscientious of the various backgrounds of our globally diverse travelers.