Porters Leading Inca Trail Treks Host Guests to Village Home Stay Prior to Journey to Machu Picchu

Porters Leading Inca Trail Treks Host Guests to Village Home Stay Prior to Journey to Machu Picchu

Experiencing a home stay immersion on the night prior to the Inca Trail trek provides Llama Expeditions' guests a window into the lives of their porters and helps with bonding before the trip begins.

Llama Expeditions PeruSAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct. 4, 2012 – Andean trekking specialist and philanthropic adventure travel company Llama Expeditions announces a 10-day tour including a four-night trek to Machu Picchu on Peru's Inca Trail that invites tourists to share in the lives of local porters and their families. On the night prior to the trek, Llama Expeditions’ guests are hosted for dinner and a celebration before spending the night in the homes of the porters who will be accompanying the group on their trek.


"Experiencing a home stay immersion on the night prior to the backcountry adventure provides guests with a window into the lives of their porters and helps us to really bond with them before the trip begins," says Diane Valenti, founder of Llama Expeditions.


The families of the porters welcome guests with meals and accommodations, and engage visitors in music, dancing, and explorations of local family farms.


From Cusco, trekkers travel by local bus (the same one porters use) with a guide to one of the porter communities: Mahuaypampa (with 280 families), Chaquepay (with 500 families) or Chillipahua (with 140 families). Enroute is a stop in a local market to pick up a gift of sugar, bread, school supplies, or some other needed item for host porters’ families. Upon arrival guests walk through the community witnessing how porters and their families live before participating in farming and sampling potatoes cooked in the earth right in the field and maybe even sipping a homemade brew.


A dinner at a porter's home usually consists of bread, coca tea and quinoa (a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds). The meal is followed by music and dancing before everyone retires early to prepare for the next day's trek along the Inca Trail.


The itinerary begins in Lima before traveling to the colonial town of Cusco and touring nearby Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. The overnight in a porters' community begins on day four of the tour that concludes in Machu Picchu with return to Lima. Departures are offered between April and October. Per person rates are reduced as a group size increases and begin at $4,497 per person for two to four people. Included are double occupancy accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, English-speaking guides and porters, entrance fees to sites, most meals, itinerary-dependent transportation, and carbon offsetting for flights.


Llama Expeditions offers a range of guided tours through Peru, from sightseeing to multi-day hikes along the Inca Trail. In addition to taking in the stunning scenery and experiencing true adventure, these tours also allow travelers to make a personal connection to the country and its people.


"The company fills the spot between responsible tourism and voluntourism," said Valenti. "This is a real vacation for people who work hard and want a chance to relax. When in towns we stay in nice hotels and eat in good restaurants. But it's also a chance for culturally curious travelers to make a meaningful connection with the people and the land of Peru." Guests are encouraged to "pay-it-forward" by contributing to a variety of local community development organizations.


Participants on the Inca Trail trip are encouraged to support The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to aid in the survival of Andean textile traditions and to support individual weaving communities.


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