The porters are the most valuable players of the Inca trail. The Inca Trail truly could not function like it does without them. They are the hardest working people on the trail and have the hardest jobs – and they do it with a smile on their face. They have an innate pride and joy in providing comfort and making things easier. They run from camp to camp! They sometimes make us feel lazy.
When you have individuals with such an inner motivation, the kind of people who will do absolutely anything they are asked to do with a smile on their face, sadly it is possible for the porters to be taken advantage of. Fortunately we rarely see this anymore for many reasons. One reason is that the government took action in 2001 to protect their rights.
The provisions of the Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No 27607 are listed below. Fortunately even before the law we provided these benefits! Action Peru Treks has always paid our porters above average salaries. They also frequently receive excellent tips because of their impeccable service.
Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607 (Dec 6 th 2001)
Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897
Article 3 Conditions of work:
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