OUR COOKS & PORTERS
Our guide will introduce you the porters formally, please tell them a little bit about yourselves. If a porter gets sick our guide will take care of him
Tips for porters should be handed out during the last night when all the trekkers and porters join together for a celebratory goodbye dinner. Tips for guides and other crew members are normally treated separately.
Here we would like to include some suggestions for your interaction with the porters:
Spend time with your porters. They have some amazing stories to tell. Try and learn a few words of Quechua – see glossary below.
Offer them your coca leaves and snacks. If you’re finding day two of the Inca Trail hard, think how tough they’re finding it with up to 25 kg on their backs.
Don’t overload your porter. Do not give your pack to a porter who already has a load. If he carries more than 25 kg, not only is it bad for his health but he and the agency will receive a substantial fine.
Tip your porter. Most groups collect for dinner on the last night of the trail when they give tips to the porters. Remember to take adequate small change in order to tip porters individually. Please let your group know that 70 soles per porter is a recommended minimum and it’s best to deal separately with porters that carry individuals’ bags. Tip porters directly. Some tourists feel that this “ceremony” is degrading for the porters but they themselves feel that it shows appreciation of their work.
IT’S GOOD TO TALK!
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSABILITY
Photo Tours Peru is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.
What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveler:
- The natural environment is also very important. If, when trekking, we need to make our human waste, be sure it is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes – your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
- When trekking, many travelers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
- Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water ‘bubbler’ dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.
Flavio Huamani, Photo Tours Peru
Adress: Urbanizacion Flor de la Cantuta B -2 San Sebastian Cusco Peru