Trekking Tours in Peru
Here is the Classic Inca Trail trek and well as several other fantastic treks in southern Peru. Several are accommodated while the others are camping, including an alternative in case Inca Trail permits are sold out
If you want to do the km104 trek to Machu Picchu (also called Inca Trail Express - 2 days/1 night package), we can make packages with that. We can also do a package with the Lares trek + km 104 trek if 4-5 day trek permits are sold out but you want more than just the km104 trek. Can also offer just 4 or 5 day Inca Trail trek only, if you want to book hostels or something or we can make up a package with different hotels and inclusions than the Classic Inca Trail package we show on our site.
As highly experienced trekking outfitters and operators, our operator in Cusco for the camping treks takes every precaution to ensure that their hiking, trekking and camping services produce as little impact as possible on the environment, by implementing best practices on all their routes, including the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
On every hike and trek they organize, they manage garbage and waste disposal effectively and responsibly. One of the keys to effective management of garbage during any hike or trek is good planning, and this begins with sustainable food preparation. They source all the produce cooked during their hiking and trekking itineraries locally, cutting down on their carbon footprint and benefiting the local economy in Cusco, while giving guests the opportunity to try local foods.
Daily menus are carefully planned in accordance with group size and individual dietary requirements, in order to cut down on waste. And, of course, they use reusable packaging wherever possible, rather than single use plastics.
During their hiking, trekking and camping itineraries, at each campsite they clear away and collect any garbage left by other travelers who have passed through the same route, and they add this waste to the garbage they pack out for responsible disposal. Every item they pack out for correct waste disposal is carried in red, green, white or black bags (for general, organic, recyclable and human waste in the form of toilet paper).
At their campsites, all the cleaning products they use are fully biodegradable, including the soap used for personal hygiene. And at night they use solar powered lighting, rather than battery-powered devices or campfires.
And, of course, every time their groups leave a campsite for their next day’s trekking or hiking, their staff takes the time needed to properly clean the area they have used, removing every sign that they were ever there, aside from their footprints.
Peru plans to plant one million trees at Machu Picchu
As part of our operator’s commitment to sustainable tourism and the protection of Peru’s incomparable natural heritage, we are pleased to announce that they are among the first travel companies in Cusco to formally join the new government initiative designed to reforest parts of the wilderness areas surrounding the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
On Thursday, January 9th 2020, Peru’s president, Martin Vizcarra, together with the government’s minister for the environment, Fabiola Muñoz, visited Machu Picchu to launch the new “One tourist, one tree” initiative. The stated aim of the campaign is to plant one million trees within the 32,592-hectare Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and its protective Buffer Zone.
The goal of the project is to replant an area of more than 779 hectares particularly affected by man-made deforestation. It is estimated that one million trees native to the Andes will be required to bring the area back to its former condition as a haven for Andean species of fauna including spectacled bears and the more than four hundred species of birds known to inhabit other sectors of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.
The area surrounding the ruins of Machu Picchu, including the Inca Trail and the many other archaeological sites located on that famous trekking route, is known as one of the most biologically diverse areas of the Cusco region. The territory of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, ranging from the subtropical forests located at 1700 meters to the high grasslands found at more than 4200 meters above sea level, is home to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems, each of which shelters many important species of fauna and flora.
In addition to enabling travelers to support conservation by planting a tree when they hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is hoped that the new campaign will serve to encourage the more than five thousand people who are residents of the Machu Picchu area to contribute more actively to conservation of the local environment, and to adjust their practices in order to reduce their own impact upon the natural world.