Porters on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor We have a lot of people from the Andes, specifically from remote locations, who live close to the Snow Mountains and other inhospitable places. Where these Andean families live, they feel free, and are outside of modern changes.

The Porters on Inca Trail 

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor Porters are farmers from the high Andes Mountains. Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor They use rustic instruments for farming and only some families are lucky to have modern equipment.

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor Most of their lives they don’t have any chance to have another job than to be a Porter. They start in early years and they finish around 62 years old.

W give them our unconditional support as they work on the Inca Trail. We provide security and they are well equipped with all the adventure equipment and clothing to perform this worthy work.

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor Porters on Inca Trail can carry 20 kg for 4 days. Only people from the countryside are physically able to do this, which is why all carriers have to be farmers. In order to become a porter, every year they have to register with SERNARP (national company for regulating the permits to work in the Inca road of Peru). The porters present their national identity documents to register in December of every year. They have to decide whether to work once or up to 4 times a month for the adventure of carrying luggage in the Andes.

The Porter on Inca Trail Maltreatment

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor Some companies claim to promote and assist Porters, but the reality is different. Porters do have the choice to work only for one company, or to change companies, if possible, for better treatment.

Here are a few ways that porters are mistreated:

First, when porters finish a job,  they have to return to Cusco to receive their respective salaries. This causes unnecessary expense for porters because Cusco is expensive.

Second, they are not given adequate food. Often porters are only eating noodles and very little almost every day which is not sufficient for their strenuous jobs.

Third, there are companies that require the Porters to dress in t-shirts and synthetic fabrics which identify them with their hiring agencies. This causes them health problems because the ultraviolet rays are super dangerous if you’re not wearing the proper clothes.

Fourth,  agencies do not provide mattresses or sleeping bags for the porters, so they do not get sufficient sleep to recover from their hard work.

Kondor Path Tours Treat Their Andean Porters Well

We are a serious and responsible company and treat our porters well. Kondor Path Company hires people from the South of of Cuzco, a place called Ausangate (6300 m / 20,669 ft.), which is the highest mountain around Cuzco. There is an Andean community called Ocongate with many settlements near the mountains and the remote areas of the Andes Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor.

At Ocongate we found the famous Yanacallos (in Inca language it means – Quechua, the black tongue). Why are they called the Black tongue? It is because they are talkative, cheerful, jovial people and they have a very good sense of humor, always working happily together and providing support for one another.

Good Treatment of Porters on Inca Trail 

One day before leaving for the Inca road, Yanacallos porters arrive in Cuzco in the afternoon. We have a meeting at the office area of Kondor Path Tours. We provide them with all the equipment required to work on the Inca treks (hat, shoes, t-shirts, trousers, jacket, sweater, water container, mattress, sleeping bag, etc.) We provide lockers in Cusco for them to leave all their clothes that they won’t use until they return to Cuzco.

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor We organize the porters explaining the work they will be required to do on the trek. They are given a one night stay at the Casa Del Porteador (Porter´s hostel). On day one they leave to work on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We leave very early from Cuzco city and go towards Ollantaytambo village, Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor which is the first stop. The entire group, visitors and porters, have half an hour to eat a local breakfast that is provided. When we get to Km 82, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail, the head porter gives the weight of 20 kilos to each Porter.  The chief Porter has a Romana (an instrument for weighing cargo kilos); daily weight balance for all the porter is performed.

Inca Trail Tour Operators Tripadvisor All our porters carry the weight that is stipulated by the network of Inca roads. The first day hike, after attending to our customers “lunch place,” our porters begin to prepare their own nutritious lunch. They have their own cook apart from the main cook for the foreign travelers.

When the porters have finished their jobs we take them back by train to Ollantaytambo village and then by transport to Cuzco (if the Porters are from Lares and surrounding areas, we provide their transport to their respective communities). Once all Porters are in Cuzco, we send them back by local transport to their homes.

All our porters on Inca Trail have comprehensive insurance and medical attention if needed.

 

Approximate Group Size

  1. 4 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 Cook + 9 Porters
  2. 5 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 Cook + 10 Porters
  3. 6 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 Cook + 10 Porters
  4. 7 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 Cook + 11 Porters
  5. 8 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 Cook + 11 Porters
  6. 9 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd guide + 1 Cook + 12 Porters
  7. 10 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 13 Porters
  8. 11 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 14 Porters
  9. 12 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 14 Porters
  10. 13 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 15 Porters
  11. 14 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 16 Porters
  12. 15 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 17 Porters
  13. 16 Hikers + 1 local Guide + 1 2nd Guide + 1 Cook + 18 Porters

NOT included extra personal porters to carry personal items.

2017-06-16T17:35:02+00:00

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