Helping our community project in Lares Valley.
The owners of South Adventure Peru Tours - Cusco are Peruvian people, who understand the real problems and needs that are present in our country. 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 around Lares Valley.
It’s an excellent way of learning about the local culture and it is becoming familiar with the local language and people. It also gives you the opportunity to give something back to the place that you are visiting. Many organizations charge you a fee to participate in their program and some of the fees are not small. However they are usually calculated to cover your airfare and living expenses. We recommend that you try to do as much research as you can about the projects since costs and conditions can vary greatly. The more informed that you are about what you will be doing, the more realistic your expectations will be. Hopefully this will lead to a more rewarding and enjoyable experience..
Inka Challenge Peru - community projects: Many visitors to Peru are surprised by the genuine warmth and kindness offered by many local people during their visit. This applies not just to the staff working in the hotels and tour companies but also the locals you'll meet in the street, the market traders and the porters on treks. It is understandable that many visitors want to show their gratitude and would like to help give something back in some small way. Since our web site now attracts a considerable number of visitors we felt that we could help some of the people living in the more needy communities in Cusco - Peru. many of whom aren't yet sharing in the financial benefits brought by tourism
Sout Adventure Peru Tours - Cusco. 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 travel agency specializing in trekking. We wanted to do something for the children of our porters. We traveled to Lares and had a Christmas party giving gifts to the children more than 600. 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…
Since 2006 South Adventure Peru Tours- Cusco , has undertaken more than 110 distributions of school equipment to schools in the mountain villages. In the last couple of years we have mainly concentrated on helping schools in the communities of Lares Valley. our company works with a group of indigenous people of the Valley of Lares who lives about 4600 meters above sea level and in chaotic conditions and poor so each client pay for our services on 10% of the total goes directly to help these people living in extreme poverty that is why our company feels committed to continue supporting them at all times of the year. Our project is to provide warm cloths, School Supplies, food, toys, balls, variety Gifts, etc, etc and chocolate.
When we visit a school we try to donate the following items to each child: Exercise book (100 pages, plastic folder, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, packet of crayons (usually 12 crayons in each packet) or packet of colored pencils depending on age of children. The cost of each packet is about US$5.0. We also donate the following items to each teacher: boxes of plain paper (white A4 photocopier type), card of various colors, paints and brushes, ballpoint pens, encyclopedia, books, dictionaries, educational posters and additional crayons and colored pencils. Sports items such as footballs, volleyballs, volley ball nets, etc are also welcomed.
Since the equipment that we give to the children has to be the same for each child, South Adventure Peru Tours mainly buys these items using profits from the company. If visitors would like to donate items then we would recommend waiting until you arrive in Cusco to buy items in a local shop. Our office staff will be happy to accompany you to help you make the purchases. If you prefer to bring a few items from home then we suggest that you bring items such as pencils and crayons. These items are less bulky than exercise books and paper which is best bought in Cusco. However we'll find a good home in one of the village schools for anything that you bring. Donations left by our clients and visitors to our office probably account for about 20% of our school equipment donations.
In many instances when our clients have brought sufficient items to donate (value of equipment over US$150) we can arrange to distribute the items to a specific school and send you a copy of the photos of the distribution. .. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all of our clients who have done the Inca trail with ourselves and all the visitors who have donated school equipment to make our community projects successful.
We work with a group of porters who come from distant communities and traditionally have large families. Thanks to your tours with us,. We are able to give them stable work and many of them this year have been able to construct their own houses for their Families - something they have never been able to do before.If you're coming to Peru please help contribute towards one of our community projects. We need warm clothes, toys, books and school equipment. Just pop a few things in your suitcase and bring them with you to Cusco, we'll do the rest.
Many visitors to Peru are surprised by the genuine warmth and kindness offered by many local people during their visit. This applies not just to the staff working in the hotels and tour companies but also the locals you'll meet in the street, the market traders and the porters on treks. It is understandable that many visitors want to show their gratitude and would like to help give something back in some small way. Since our web site now attracts a considerable number of visitors we felt that we could help some of the people living in the more needy communities in Peru, many of whom aren't yet sharing in the financial benefits brought by tourism.
Providing opportunities for local people is vital in ensuring that tourism benefits the community, improve life standards and give opportunities to people...
- We employ local staff and pay them fair, legal wages
- We ensure that our treatment of staff abides by legal requirements.
- We use locally –owned transportation and accommodation
- Our company works to help people INDIGENOUS – QUECHUA living above 4600 meters above sea level
- Each end of the year , we provide food , clothing , school supplies and toys for the children’s
- We prepare chocolate and panetone and we share with them is really a complete party and we as a company we are happy and always make sure these people that our government did not even remember them.
- Every customer who pays our services, 10% of the amount goes directly to help our community project which is our responsibility as a Travel Agency.
Second Hand Clothes & Toys Appeal. If you are coming to Peru please bring a few items of clothing or toys and drop them off in our office in Cusco ( Calle Carmen 257 San Blas Cusco-Peru). We'll ensure that they are distributed to people who will really appreciate them. All types of clothing are needed for babies, children and adults. If at the end of your trip you no longer have need for your sleeping bag, rain jacket or walking boots we'll find a trekking porter who will be more than happy to accept them.