Alpaca Expeditions provides the superior and unique tours of the Andes. One of our primary goals is to support the local community. We are able to accomplish this goal by providing jobs and building sustainable schools for Andean kids. Our large variety of tours allows us to cater to any need. We are sure that there is an expedition that suits your desires.
Alpaca Expeditions is based in Cusco, Peru. The owner, Raul Ccolque, has lived in the Andes all of his life. Since he was 18-years-old he has worked the Inca Trail on every trek to Machu Picchu, as both a porter and a tour guide. Born and raised in a small village called Seque Raccay, Ccolque attended a Quechuan speaking elementary and high school. He then went on to Cusco University to further his studies in tourism. Growing up in a small Quechuan village ignited his passion for hiking the surrounding mountains and exploring his heritage.
When did Raul start the company?
He started the company in 2012.
Why did he start the company?
To create more Jobs for the porters with better salary and respect the porter welfare and to give back to the community especially for Andean children.
Why should I travel with AE?
Because AE is a 100% local company, we have the best camping logistics, best guides, porters, and itinerary
On any trip, the quality of your journey is greatly impacted by your tour guide. Here at Alpaca Expeditions, we have top notch tour guides who consistently go above and beyond expectations to provide you with an outstanding experience. All of our tour guides are locals, from Cusco and the Sacred Valley. They have all completed degrees in tourism from Cusco National University. Their expertise includes local flora and fauna, geography, history, archeology, anthropology, and astronomy. Trekking through Peru with one of our tour guides will be an incredible learning experience.
All of our tour guides have learned English at one of the most established English schools in Peru, then specialized ICPNA-CUSCO (Centro Cultura Peruano Notre Americano) as a part of Michigan University. In addition, every tour guide has been trained in safety and first aid.
We call our porters the Green Army because they are the heroes of our expeditions. They carry the camping equipment, duffel bags, tents and food. We pride ourselves in treating our porters well and providing for all their needs. Porters are given the best outdoor equipment and they're offered competitive wages in exchange for the extremely valuable service they provide.
- Provide sustainable and informative tours of Macchu Picchu
- Educate about Incan culture and its history
- Offer a memorable and enjoyable trekking experience
- Maintain a 100 percent locally owned company
- Uphold the view of supporting our local community by reinvesting back into the community
- Provide equitable services to the Green Army (our porters)
We offer quality and personalized tours, no matter the type. Those who choose to take a train to Machu Picchu are treated with the same dedication as those who spend days hiking through the mountains.
We are recognized as the leading tour agency and operator in the Cusco region, and one that contributes greatly to the development of the tourism sector.
- Honesty and integrity
- Clients become our friends
- Commitment to the culture and society of the Andean world
- Work as a team by sharing knowledge, experience and dedication
- Creativity and innovation form solidarity
- Replace attacks and criticisms with proposals and actions
- Made by Peruvians
We hope to build an entirely sustainable company that provides top-quality service to visitors, while at the same time, develop methods to provide children and families in the Cusco region with opportunities for education and support.
Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% Peruvian tour operator based in Cusco – Peru. We are a a family owned company focused on quality of service and sustainability. We have a passion for social projects and have began a non-profit organization called "In the Hoes of a Porter" where we hope to help one village at a time with necessities like warm boots and proper healthcare. We are fully licensed - a copy of all relevant licenses are shown below.
Tourism has been Cusco’s largest industry for years, especially now that Machu Picchu keeps growing in popularity. Most of us that live in this city touch tourism in some capacity – men and women. Women have always been present in the office helping to sell tours, answer emails, work in accounting. Even our lawyer is a women. But they always stayed off the mountains.
Alpaca Expeditions Kids
Meet the Kids of I.E.PRIMARIA Nº 50542, an elementary school in DEL CENTRO POPLADO DE LLULLUCHA. These are the children of many of our porters and the students of Professor Chang Wagner Naola Ccorimanya. Professor Wagner teaches English, Mathematics and Literature as well as heads the computer lab at the school.