Here is an amazing company that has developed an alternate route through the Andes mountains to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. There are two traditional ways to get to the beautiful city and one is the Incan trail. This trail sees 3000 people per day (and that is regulated). In other words, that’s a lot of footprints. By Mountain Lodges of Perú doing this they have integrated the local natives to help create development. For example, they have empowered and financed an elderly woman in the community to provide her jam for all of their trips. This alone has created huge impacts in her life. The lodges are run as eco-friendly as possible from technologically sound water filtration systems to well-thought out composting sites to reduce waste and over-consumption. In addition, Mountain Lodges of Perú has sponsored a local NGO, Yanapana Perú, that focuses on education for over 150 communities and help promote active development in the area.
Pretty amazing stuff.
http://mountainlodgesofperu.com/blog/ (this is a link that has a great video on their work with Yanapana)
Is this a trip that you think you would enjoy? Why?