hiring extra porter for Inca Trail
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2013 6:53 AM Last Post By: frisch1
Feb 6, 2013 1:28 PM
hiring extra porter for Inca TrailI have already booked a spot on the Inca Trail with a tour company. But now they are charging an exorbitant price to hire an additional porter.
Is it possible for me to hire an additional porter independently, or through another company? I have read reports about people hiring a porter in Cusco before setting out, or even hiring a porter on the trail itself. (Though I am also happy to arrange it in advance, the hike is not yet for another few months.)
Feb 6, 2013 2:26 PM
1What is the exorbitant price? A typical amount for a porter is $70, this buys their entrance to the Inca Trail, pays them the legal wage and also includes a small profit for the agency as they're not going to organise it for free.
I have heard of people hiring porters in the village of Wayllabamba - this is the first campsite on the trek so you'd have to carry your gear until there and then negotiate a rate when you're there. If you're not camping in Wayllabamba and a lot of companies don't camp there then you might have to do this very quickly as you passed through the village.
As far as I'm aware if you book a porter in Cusco it would have to be through the agency you booked with - the porter needs to have their permit added to the group you're going with and due to stupid regulations new permits for porters can only be bought when tourists are added to the group.
Feb 6, 2013 6:53 PM
Feb 9, 2013 2:18 PM
3$100 may have been the going rate, but it's more like $120-140 now, depending on the company. I don't think that's at all exorbitant for a person to carry 15kg of your stuff for four days. If you're going to economize, don't do it off the backs of the poorest.
On the other hand, charging $30 to hire a sleeping bag for three nights is a rip off. You can easily buy one for less than that.
Feb 10, 2013 3:54 PM
4righton rainbow!!! and matt!!! i am not sure what you mean by an additional porter?? they carry all your food and stuff si o no? if you can't carry 15 kilos, well!!!!! or cut it down to 8 or 9 kilos. how much STUFF do you need for a couple of days. i really don't mean to be disrespectful! have fun . lucky you!!! and the GUIDE doesn't get all of the $25. prob around 10!!!!!
Feb 11, 2013 8:49 AM
5$140 would only be for someone to carry the full 14kg, hardly anyone takes that amount on the trek. I travelled around all of Peru with less than that on my back.
For 7kg which is plenty you pay $70, that is based on the prices that I know from 4 agencies.
Feb 12, 2013 6:01 AM
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