In our ongoing commitment to the high Andes community of Qelqanca, we assisted villagers in their training courses for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Cusco, 2018: Peruvian government regulations require all porters and cooks who work on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to be certified by the Ministry of Culture, Cusco Regional Office for Foreign Trade and Tourism (DIRCETUR) and the National Service for State Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP).
In order to ensure that travelers who come to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu receive excellent service during their trek, and to help protect the natural environment and archaeological sites that surround the Inca Trail, all staff are now trained in quality of service, hygiene, equipment maintenance and first aid.
As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the services received by travelers from all over the world who visit us in Peru, and to improved living and working conditions for local people, this year we visited our old friends in the high Andes village of Qelqanca. In an all-day initiative, our highly trained staff assisted villagers in their own training activities, after which we all sat down together and shared the food we had brought with us.