Our Porters represent the Peruvian people, both men, and women who are at the heart of our company. It is not possible to create the experience we provide without the unbelievably hard work of our team of porters. They are made up of men and women of varying ages who are willing to leave their homes several hours away for days at a time. They typically are farmers.
Being a porter is a hard job. Sadly, you will see many other companies with porters that have sandals that are falling apart. Many are sleeping on the floor without blankets and eating food without utensils. For us, this is an unacceptable way to treat our Peruvian people, so we try to be a leader in the treatment of all our porters.
We go out of our way to treat them with respect providing fair wages and proper equipment. We care for their health and the health of their families, and we are committed to social projects to help enrich their lives. Most of our team started as porters, including our owner Raul, and we hope we can improve their lives since they improve our company.
We have opened our doors to the women of Cusco, and have been lucky enough to have Female Porters. They work for us with even bigger smiles and brighter spirits. We are so excited for you to meet our amazing Green Machine Team.
Our porters are made up of proud Peruvian people who live simple lives as farmers in neighboring villages. They are people from Peru, both men, and WOMEN, ranging from 18 to 55 years old, and come from several different villages in the Cusco region. We employ approximately 250 male porters and 25 female porters (hopefully that number doubles every year. Often we have father and son, mother and daughter, or siblings work for us. They come from the following villages:
For our local Peruvian people and culture their main language spoken is Quechua and farming is their main economic trade. Being a porter is a second income for them.
Before 1990, the Inca Trail was not regulated by the Peruvian government, and tourists would carry their equipment, meals, and cook by themselves. Unfortunately, many of these early hikers didn’t pay enough respect to Pachamama and left a lot of trash along the way. Without rangers, there was nobody to clean up the garbage they left. The government took note of this problem and initiated a project to protect the trail. It was at this time they began the permit process, limiting the number of tourists and Peruvian people or crew entering the trail to 500 per day. The government started making these changes in 1990 and continually get more and more strict with how to enter the trail. You may only enter with a licensed tour company, and it is not possible to do it on your own. Each company can organize groups with a maximum of 16 trekkers, 2 guides, and 22 porters. Each porter can carry a max of 25 kg.
The government has started the process of taking care of the Peruvian people and culture including the porter – we hope to expand on that