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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Community Project

Community Project
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Salkantay community project is managed by Sunrise Peru trek; The owner is Peruvian guide who understand the real problems and needs that are present in our country; especially in the highlands. Our porters mainly come from the highlands of Cusco. We are very interested in helping the development of our brothers that live in the same country. Unfortunately there are some foreign tour operators that talk the same theme but in reality what they say is not true. They say they pay their porters well and make social projection while their porters only wear few clothes. They are sometimes unprepared for the climate. This isn’t fair, it is an insult. We are Peruvians and local operators from Cusco. We are motivated to provide good treatment to porters and help their families and their communities. At first we visit different communities of our porters like: Lares, Amparaes, Patacancha, Willoc, Calca, Yanahuara, Anta, Huarocondo, Cattca, T’inki, llaccacheta, etc.
We realize that they need work. They say “we will do anything we just want to work to help us our selves.

Sunrise Peru Trek tour operator is committed to organizing projects within the Andean communities in Cusco – Peru.

We know that tourism activity is very important in our country and especially in Cusco. It contributes to Peru’s economy and provides employment for many people. Unfortunately their communities aren’t sharing in any of the financial gains. Since the initiation of our activities in tourism as a tour operator specializing in trekking we try to understand the hard is the live for communities. Starting Christmas 2001 we wanted to do something for the children of our porters. We traveled to Cattca – Ausangate and had a Christmas party giving gifts to the children (300). We had a party with hot chocolate and pannetone and we shared a special day. We were glad to see the happy faces of the children. After this time we promised to do this activity every year in different communities. We can say that we were the first ones doing this kind of activities without any financial interest.

In Christmas 2006 we traveled to Arequipa to one of the orphanages (200 children) in Cerro Colorado and we had the same party for the children giving gifts, pannetone and hot chocolate.

In Christmas 2007 we traveled to Amparaes where most of our porters come from. In this time we traveled in our own van carrying with gifts, pannetone, and hot chocolate and so on.

In Christmas 2008 we were in Lares doing the same activity for 300 children.

In Christmas 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, we celebrated Christmas with three communities in different places one of which was Chaquepay, Paucarmarka, Siwincca and other Communities.

Another community was Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 200 children (another group of our porters are from here). The last party for the children was in Ollantaytambo. We gave gifts to over 800 children, and pannetone and hot chocolate. We are very proud promoting these kinds of activities.Christmas 2015 we had parties in three communities. The three communities were Ollantaytambo (for 1000 children), Huarocondo (400 children) and Lares (Pumapunku 300 children.

We want to give special thanks to JoakimBendezu from Sweden. He started to visit and help with materials and money for the primary school of Patacancha since 2004.

We have ambitious projects for the different communities of our porters such as giving educational materials for their children. We know that education it is very important and we want to start with this, we know that it is very expensive to send their children to school because they need materials and clothing. Often instead of sending their children to school they prefer to send them to work.

Salkantay Community Project helps rural inhabitants

Sunrise Peru Trek team has decided to help our porters by donating a large percentage of our profits directly into helping the community. Definitely our most ambitious projects in the future will be the construction of schools. The communities that will benefit from this are Lares, Amparaes, Patacancha, Willoc and Cattca. Sunrise Peru Trek is committed to building a school every year and is currently involved in a project to build a primary school near Lares, Cusco. If you are part a group who would like to sponsor a project such as this or even an individual, let us know. There are many communities in the need of help. 2015 and 2016 are directed at some of the porter’s communities in the mountains of Lares and Amparaes

Construction of Schools.

In 2007 we want to build a school Chaquepay Community, Huarocondo. There are 20 porters from this town and they urgently need it. Unfortunately their school was destroyed by erosion over time.
In Chaquepay Community there are 300 adults and 400 children. People from this community are mainly shepherds looking after sheep. Sunrise Peru Trek will donate US$ 3000. This money will be used to build a much needed school and the local community will provide the general manpower providing them with more work.

Donations of School Materials.

The porters’ children need educational materials such as pens, crayons, paper, etc. We also want to provide school supplies. Funding for schools in the villages is extremely poor especially for primary school teachers’ wages are minimal and many lack resources and enthusiasm. This project is aimed at helping the conditions in some of the schools by providing luxury items such as pencils, crayons, and paper.

Support to Children’s Orphanage.

We want to thank to Marjorie Aubin and GalberthAubin (fromCanada) for their visit and for the gifts that they have given to our Children at “Antonio de Lorena” Orphanage Cusco, on January 2016 and 2017. Our Children are very thankful with them.


Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.


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SUNRISE PERU TREK pioneered adventure Company for nearly two decades and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations to Machu Picchu We are one of the Peru’s leading tour operators trusted for professional, efficient, and highly hospitable services. We focus on Treks and Adventure tours to Machu Picchu only, which encourages us to polish our itinerary and improve constantly.

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek