Focusing on high quality trekking experiences, Explore Adventures is highly recommended Inca Trail, operates treks and tours. Prices are a little higher than other Inca Trail
operators, but the difference in service and quality of equipment is clear also we value porter welfare and giving back to the indigenous Quechua community!. Explore Adventures offer daily departures in groups (max size 8 people)
You must go with a guide and a licensed tour operator, one accredited by SERNANP, the organization that oversees the trail and limits the number of hikers to 500 per day (including guides and porters). There are some 200 such licensed operators in Cusco. we also highly recommended book with Local Peruvian Inca Trail operators based in Peru because generally foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy, Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are local tour and travel company, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians, contributing our general sales tax.
Choosing A Responsible Tour Operator
Not all tour operators along the Inca Trail treat their porters poorly, and choosing a responsible company can ensure the your memorable experience does not come at a cost to anyone else. Before making a selection, there are a few key things to look for in a company that are clues towards their responsible treatment of trail porters:
As a rule of thumb, tours costing less than $580USD won’t be paying their porters a fair wage. Look for companies involved with the local community (through charitable donations, etc.), as this demonstrates their concern for ethical issues. Tourism Concern has started an initiative where companies that have proved to provide ethical guide treatment receive a special badge they can put on their website
Once you’ve finally begun the trek, there are several more things you can do for your porters (that won’t break your back):
1) Leaving a tip can make a big difference for the overall wage a porter receives during the trek.
2) Simply talking with your porters can be an easy way to engage them and make their trip more enjoyable. Many are proud about their native culture and will be more than happy to share their local knowledge with you.