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A lot of people ask us about the importance and meaning of being a local company and why are we feeling so proud about this feature. Cusco is the touristic city by excellence, almost of all the residents are involved in this industry in some way or another making it very important for their economy. This revolution caught the attention of a lot of businessmen all over the World and they started investing in Cusco due to the stock access they had and have.
We can’t start to talk about our team without mentioning the founder first. The person who with an ideal and a lot of hard work started what Alpaca Expeditions is now. The owner and our proud boss, Raul Ccolque.
Raul Ccolque Ccolque, the owner and director of Alpaca Expeditions, was born in one small village near sacred valley. He was raised speaking quechua – the local language. His parents still live on his family farm coming into the city once a week to sell their vegetables. He studied his elementary and high school in the same village and when he graduated he went to the army as he always dreamed of being a police officer. Along the way, a friend from his village invited him to be a porter on the Inca Trail and he immediately changed his focus, falling in love with the sounds of the tourists – their language, their habits. He immediately enrolled in the University studying tourism and English while working as a porter at the Inca Trail. Once he graduated from University, he worked in a local company’s office for a bit and finally became a licensed tour guide. Working in all these different capacities in tourism and for several companies, he always felt the companies were too focused on money and less on people.
Who are the Alpaca Expedition's
Alpaca Expeditions has been growing year by year, not only in number of clients, but also the number of employees. By the end of 2017, we were so happy to employ more than 300 people. Most of our staff works along the treks providing the best and safest experiences. Each one of them are part of the powerful Green Machine!
Our porters are known as the main gears of the “Green Machine” of the Inca trail. They will blow you away. They are the hardest working people in the company. They will carry all your belongings, all the food, tents – all logistical equipment. We thank them for this hard work by making sure they have the best treatment here in Cusco. All hiking gear including shoes, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and meals are provided free of charge from the company. We provide better wages than any company in Cusco so they can live from the wages and provide for their families. We are proud to say that we have at least 300 porters in total and they come from different villages from the Cusco region, such as Pisaq, Lares, Calca and Ollantaytambo.
Why is it Mandatory to have Porters on The Inca Trail
Before 1990, the Inca Trail was not regulated by the Peruvian government. Unfortunately many of these early hikers left a lot of trash along the way. The government took note of this problem and initiated a project to protect the trail. The Green Army All our porters are quechua language speakers who come from farming villages. Alpaca Expeditions will help them to keep growing their community, especially in education, health and culture. We have different ongoing projects and hope to add many more.Read More
Every time we accomplish a goal, we can’t help trying to find new challenges and new ways to improve ourselves. But, as the beginning, we also keep our first goals as commandments.
- Provide sustainable and informative tours of Macchu Picchu
- Maintain the company as 100% locally owned
- Educate about Incan culture and its history
- Supporting our local community by giving back to our community
- Offer a memorable and enjoyable trekking experience
- Provide equitable services to the Green Army (our porters)
- 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 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.
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.
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SISTEMA INTEGRADO DE GESTIÓN - SIG
Documento que específica las acciones realizadas para la implementación de las siguientes normas internacionales de sistemas de gestión.
Alpaca Expeditions Recognitions
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
In the pursuit to stand out from the rest, Alpaca Expeditions has obtained four ISOs plus our carbon footprint certificate to date. These achievements result from our efforts to implement the internationally-recognized integrated management system. They also represent our commitment to all of our clients and staff of operating sustainability and responsibility in every way possible.