Social Projects

WITH YOUR TRIP, DEAR FRIEND, YOU HELP US TO IMPROVE AND HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN THE HIGH ANDEAN AREAS OF CUSCO.

WHEN YOU BOOK A TRIP WITH INKAYNI PERU TOURS, 5% OF THE TOTAL COST IS DONATED DIRECTLY TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH OUR INKAYNI FOUNDATION.

WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO SOCIAL PROJECTS. Since its creation, Inkayni was conceived following the millenary principle of Andean reciprocity “AYNI”, a principle that governs the Andean world since long before the arrival of the Incas, and that is still in force in the Andean area. Our company’s name is a mixture of the words INKA and AYNI, following the millenary Andean concept of reciprocity or ayni. Giving to others without expecting anything in return, only with the desire to feel good and thus live in harmony and in tune with the entire cosmos.
Although tourism plays a fundamental role in Cusco’s economy by generating direct and indirect employment for many families within the region, often this economic income hardly reaches the smaller communities far from the cities.

Injayni’s mission is to help the school children of our communities by providing them with materials and uniforms, and during certain seasons, by organizing special charity events such as the distribution of warm clothing to distant communities, especially at high altitudes where winter temperatures can reach -15°C (5°F).
It would be difficult for us to help local communities without the collaboration of our clients through their trips. By choosing Inkayni Peru Tours, you automatically choose to help us with the wonderful social projects that our company undertakes.

1.- Support for schools in small Andean communities

Every March of each year, Inkayni selects a specific community to support all the children in the community. School supplies are purchased according to what the school requires and the distribution of educational materials is done directly among the children. This activity is carried out because the small communities are always willing to receive any additional support for the education of children and youth.

2.- Uniforms for our Children

It is very common for children from different rural communities to lack the financial resources to buy school uniforms and even shoes. They have no choice but to reuse what little they have for as long as possible, from 2 years to more. They will also often use the local sandals (“ojotas” in local language) because of their very low cost compared to a pair of shoes. These “ojotas” are made of rubber, a material from recycled tires that is highly toxic and harmful to health. Many do not have a pair of shoes, so you can imagine how much less they will be able to afford a backpack, uniforms, school supplies or other supplies for their education.

Thanks to your reserves, Inkayni Company is helping our children in remote communities at the beginning of each school year with the purchase of uniforms, including:

  • Shoes
  • Pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Backpacks
3.- Christmas in the Andes

The children always look forward to Christmas in the Andes!

Every Christmas the Inkayni family travels to a community far from the main towns to share a moment of joy with the children through a delicious Christmas breakfast and gifts (toys), along with dancing and lots of fun with the agency staff. We had a very meaningful and memorable time both for these children and for us.

 

SUSTAINABLE COMPANY AND ECOLOGICAL TRAVEL

Inkayni is a company committed to the pillars of ecological, economic and social sustainability. We believe that respect and love for our beautiful planet (our Pachamama) is absolutely necessary to enjoy and celebrate life. Honoring and caring for it is our duty as a sustainable company. This involves maintaining this beautiful planet for the benefit of all, and for our customers to enjoy the most pristine environment possible through eco-friendly practices.

1. Inkayni Peru Tours practices the NOT LITTERING method at all times

All garbage generated during our activities is collected and deposited in appropriate places.

2. Inkayni Peru Tours works under low environmental impact practices

In all our treks we use only biodegradable materials (soaps, detergents, biodegradable bags, among others).

3. Constant training for our staff

We educate all our staff to be respectful of nature; always take all garbage with them after each camp, and reuse recyclable products when possible, and provide them with new ecological products such as solar lamps, etc.

4. Annual trail clean-up campaigns

We organize annual campaigns with all Waman Adventures staff (Guides, cooks, porters, office staff, and anyone else who wants to participate in these activities). All forms of waste are collected and disposed of on the trails to Machu Picchu, Inka Trail, Salkantay and Lares.

5. Queuña tree planting

We are all witnessing how climate change is generating substantial effects a few at a time all over the world. Vegetation cover is being lost at accelerated rates around the world, including of course Peru whose large forests have been deforested in recent years.

Seeing this situation, Inkayni has carried out reforestation projects in different areas of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and in high Andean communities. Inkayni Peru Tours carries out annual campaigns inviting the general public and students to reforest different areas with native trees such as the Queuña (Polylepys incana) to replace Eucalyptus trees, an introduced fast-growing species that provides firewood. However, these are non-native trees that sometimes prove to be invasive, impoverish the soil and deplete water reserves.

The queuña (or qiwiña, as it is known in the Quechua language) is the only native tree that survives in the Andes and is one of the most cold-resistant trees in the world, growing at altitudes of up to 4,500 meters above sea level. Unlike the Eucalyptus, the Queuña only uses 5% of the water that the Eucalyptus needs.
The queuña also fulfills important ecological functions, regulates the climate, prevents soil erosion and provides a filtration system that helps feed natural springs. The forests of these native trees also provide habitats that support the Andean flora and fauna typical of these ecosystems.

 

DECENT TREATMENT FOR OUR INCA TRAIL PORTERS

Looking after our Porters

Our porters are kind, sincere and cheerful people with huge hearts who will greet you at each camp with big smiles, as if you were being welcomed by members of your own family. These are men who come from the highland communities of Cusco, typically above 4,000 meters above sea level (over 13,000 feet), where Quechua is the dominant language.

Our porters are between 18 and 55 years old and come from different high Andean villages. We employ approximately 50 porters from the communities of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Quechua is their main language and agriculture is their main economic activity. Being a porter is an extra job for them

They are the people in charge of making this experience possible. They carry all the equipment, supplies and are also available to help them when needed. These supermen or heroes must leave each camp after our clients leave and also arrive at the next site before our clients to prepare the next meal and set up the camps at each site. Our cooks and porters are the main force behind all our expeditions.

Inkayni works every day to offer the best facilities and optimal working conditions such as:

1. Trek uniforms

Trekking boots, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, belts, as well as the most important element – an appropriate nourishment before and throughout the trek.

2. Adequate load weight

The Peruvian government has created laws that protect and support all porters to improve their working conditions. Unfortunately there are still companies that take advantage of these humble workers, forcing many to carry more than 25 kg without paying them an adequate salary.

Inkayni was created with the goal of creating the necessary changes, making an example of ideal conditions that other agencies can also adopt, as well as the respect that this rigorous work deserves, starting with a salary that honors their impressive physical labor. Our porters will not weigh more than 18 kg and will receive a better salary for their time and service.

We recognize that we are part of the communities that saw us born; that taught us to grow, laugh and learn the wisdom of the Andes, especially the principle of Ayni or sacred reciprocity. We honor our origins and work hard to support our cooks and porters so they can support their respective families. Inkayni takes responsibility for improving the quality of life of our porter family..

3. Sufficient food

It is important that our staff receive nutritious and appropriate meals during all treks to account for the rigorous physical activity.

4. Payment on time

As soon as each trek concludes, our staff is paid on site by a representative of our office so that our porters can return to their communities instead of traveling to our office in Cusco.

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