Alpaca Expeditions Commitment to our Home

Our goal is to collaborate with Andean communities to overcome economic and social challenges through a working partnership that directs  resources toward sustainable projects. Special focus is given to support our kids and their educational endeavors.

Alpaca Expeditions is based in Cusco, Peru. The company was created by Raul Ccolque, an ex-porter and tour guide for the Inca Trail, among others. He was born in one of the highland Andean villages where he had a difficult life growing up. After his studies, he created this company to give something back to his community and other local villages. Since Alpaca Expeditions has been open, we have done many social projects in benefit of the Andean people, as well as practicing sustainable tourism. Not only do we complete social projects, we also take good care of the porters who work for our company. We pay them above average wages, supply them with health and life insurance, and always respect the state and national laws written for the porters. In addition, we also help the villages our porters live in, especially in assisting with the children’s needs. We provide hygienic supplies every three months, as well as computers, books and other educational necessities. We have even brought teachers to their schools.

It would be hard for us to give back to the community without the help of our clients, who trust us to take them on their journeys. We don’t just provide great services, but we also send your money to support our social projects, for the benefit of the villages and its children. By choosing and traveling with Alpaca Expeditions, you choose to take part in the wonderful social projects that our company is creating and supporting.

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Christmas with the Children of Kiswarani Village

For many years these villages have been forgotten by our Peruvian government, especially those villages located in the middle of the mountains which do not even have access to cars and people can only arrive by horses. We consider that our region Cusco receives more than a Million tourist per year which would make you think that Cusco is the richest region BUT it’s not. Considered as one of the poorest region in Peru due to the money collected from tourists being sent to Lima.


A New Social Project, with the Help from Alpaca Clients

In keeping with our commitment to enhance the lives of the native people who help to support Alpaca Expeditions, and our ongoing Social Projects in the community of Wakatinku, we have another successful event to report!
Our goal is to collaborate with Andean communities to overcome economic and social challenges through a working partnership that directs resources toward sustainable projects. Special focus is given to support our kids and their educational endeavors.

Inca Trail Clean-Up Campaigns

Alpaca Expeditions’ amazing Green Machine, the super men who make up our team of guides, cooks and porters along the Inka Trail and alternative treks that we offer, took a few days last month to give a bit back to our beautiful Andean mountains. We feel that it is so important to respect our beautiful planet and honor and take care of her. We feel very strongly that our trekkers have come a long way to do these amazing treks and they deserve to see a pristine environment, free from the evidence of other, less conscientious trekkers that have preceded them.

We left Cusco at daybreak on February 8th, about 6AM, and 12-15 of our porters and cooks took a day along the Lares to Machu Picchu trail to collect trash and litter. They also collected debris from the shores of the lakes. We ended up with 10 huge sacks of rubbish!

Our Porters First Visit to Machu Picchu

In February the Inka Trail is closed due to heavy rains, government maintenance and the cleaning of the Trail. Alpaca Expeditions took the opportunity during this off month to create lots of activities such as, cleaning the trail for the Lares trek, the Huchuy Qosqo Trail, Inka Trail, and the training for our chefs and guides. We decided to reward our best Inka Trail group of porters and their families with a journey to Machu Picchu. They are from the community of Wakawasi located in the Lares Valley – all of them native Quechua-language-speakers who had never been to Machu Picchu even though they had trekked the Inka Trail hundreds of times. Wakawasi porters were the most organized and responsible porters in 2014. In total there were 65 people who went to Machu Picchu – 35 adult porters and their wives and the rest were children around the age of 8.

Quena Trees Project

On Monday, December 15th, 2015 Alpaca Expeditions and their staff went to the town of Wakatinku, at the base of the Sacred Valley’s largest peak, Ausangate (elev. 21,000 ft/6400 mtrs,) to fulfill a promise that we made earlier in the year.

Many of the porters that work for us on the Inca Trail come from the village of Wakatinku. They are subsistence farmers who supplement their income by working for us to help support their families.

Earlier this year we started a social project by supporting the 204 children that live in this area (and come from as much as 2 hours away to attend school) with school supplies and some basic hygiene items such as soap and toothbrushes.

AE Joins Hero Organization to Help Wakatinku Village

We left early on a Thursday morning in May of 2015, along with Brian Hindman, the Founding Director of HERO*, and nine of his associates. We made the three and a half hour drive from Cusco to Wakatunku, to set up computers for the school. Unfortunately, due to the amount of rain we have received during this dry season, the internet in the village is completely down. They are working on repairing this, so the kids can take full advantage of these new computers. For now, they are set up and ready to be used. The kids have already started using them for homework.

Teacher for Wakatinku High School

In the tiny town of Wakatinu is a school which serves the families who live in the agricultural communities in the area of Ocongate, at the base of one of Peru’s highest perpetually snow-capped mountains, Ausangate. In the past year Alpaca has taken some of the needs of this town on as a social project and has been supporting them with school supplies, hygiene products and a native tree planting project.

Because a number of students attending this school are growing up and moving into the high school classes, there is a demand for another teacher. Unfortunately, the budget for education with the Peruvian government has gone down, leaving the classes overcrowded – and more than they can handle and still receive a proper education.

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