Porters welfare is a part of the organization of our enterprise; Sunrise Peru trek understand that without doubt, for many visitors to Peru, the arrival at the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu after having completed the Salkantay treks or the Inka Trail is the highpoint of their trip. For others it is a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. No matter who you are or what your religious beliefs are, the Salkantay treks or the Inka Trail really is a special pilgrimage passing through spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful cloud forests with orchids and hummingbirds dotted with Inca ruins, finally arriving at the mysterious ancient city of Machu Picchu for sunrise.
The majority of the cooks and porters on the Inca Trail are from the countryside communities, simple farmer or llama and alpaca herders who supplement their income by working on the Inca Trail during the busy months. Their first language is Quechua, the official language of the Incas, although many now speak Spanish. In fact the majority of these people are still pure blooded Quechua, the people who were governed by the Incas almost 500 years ago. Many of their traditions and superstitions have remained unchanged since well before the Spanish arrived. However, most would agree that these people have remained a quiet and humble folk and easily manipulated by both governments and tour operators who have been quick to exploit this hardworking source of workers.
We regulate the wages from 2012 we have increased our porters pay to 180 Soles. This followed discussions with the Porters Syndicate and the Ministry of Work who wanted the porters to be paid the equivalent to Peru’s minimum legal wage of 45 Soles per day as written in the Porters Law. This figure equates to about US$67 for the 4 days trek.
The same “Porters Law” that requires a minimum wage to be paid to porters also states that the maximum weight that a porter can carry on the Inca Trail is 20kg. This comprises 15kg of equipment from the trekking company plus 5kg of personal items such as warm clothes and bedding.
At the beginning of 2005we bought sleeping bags and warm clothes which were issued to all of our porters.
We provide sustainable food to the porters on the Inca Trail is not usually very costly. Most porters, by request, prefer simple meals that include vegetable soups and a main course with plenty of carbohydrates such as rice, pasta and potatoes with meat.
At sunrise Peru trek the porters are paid their salary as soon the finish the job.
Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607 (Dec 6th 2001)
Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897
Article 3 Conditions of work:
- Transport up to the point of departure to the end of the trip.
- Limit of load up of 20 kilograms.
- Warm equipment and accommodation.
- Special belts to protect their backs from injuries.
- Appropriate rest and sleep during the trip.
- Provision of sufficient food, and appropriate clothing.
- (warm jacket, rain ponchos, walking boots and backpacks).
- Fair and decent Payment on time on Day 4 at 10am.
- Life / Accident Insurance the Social Security of Health.
Article 6: Single, fair and decent payment to our crew.
Article 7: Minimum age of a porter is 18 years.
The Congress of the Peruvian Republic Lima, on December 6th 2001