Social Projects

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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Fixing the Smiles of Choquekancha

Our most recent social project to benefit the families of our porters was on August 19th, 2018 when we brought in a team comprised of a dentist and his assistants to tend to the dental hygiene of the villagers.

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Our Porters First Visit to Machupicchu

In February the Inka Trail is closed due to heavy rains, government maintenance and the cleaning of the Trail.

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Community of Pumapunku Lares

And so I conclude with success one more of the social projects of the company Alpaca Expeditions. This time we visited the community of Pumapunku Lares. We felt the joy of our brothers

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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. 

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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.


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,

Inca Trail Clean-Up Campaigns

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.

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Queuña 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.

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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.

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