Empowering Women on the Inca Trail

Empowering Women on the Inca Trail

SAM TRAVEL PERU gives full validation and recognition to all our female staff members within the organization. For us, empowering women is to allow them access to equal opportunities for advancement and participation within the company. Women hold positions in the office, are part of our team of porters, as well as tour guides that lead successful multiple day expeditions. We run an effective system that ensures equal pay and “team” is the hierarchy. Our social projects are geared towards facilitating the economic, educational and leadership growth of women in isolated tribal communities, so that they are equipped with the necessary tools needed to take charge of their own futures.

Female office staff.

Women in tourism are an essential component in ensuring that the needs and safety of female travelers, particularly female solo travelers, are taken care of. Our female office staff exemplify the phrase, “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”- Diana Mariechild. They play an important role in making sure all tours are organized to perfection. They are committed and dedicated to providing a seamless vacation to all our clients wanting a comprehensive and professionally planned exploration of Peru.

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Women porters on the Inca Trail

These women are trendsetters, breaking social barriers that many wouldn’t dare to even try. Porters generally come from the small indigenous villages close to Machu Picchu. These villages still have a mindset that’s strongly entrenched in their beliefs of the male hierarchy. When these women get the opportunity to work in an environment that’s saturated by males, they not only get a bit of financial independence, they also gain a tremendous amount of mental and emotional growth. With some families, you find both the husband and wife working as porters, which gives them more financial stability and creates a more promising future for their children. Being a porter is a difficult job, it takes a lot of physical strength and stamina. These women are truly the living embodiment of modern-day superwomen.

Holding Traditions: Women Porters at the Heart of the Inca Trail

Female Guides

It may come as a surprise to most western cultures, that for a long-time women tour guides were a rarity in Peru, especially on multiple day treks. This was due to many reasons, most notably the challenges associated with hiking in the rigorous Andean terrain. To be a tour guide you need to be educated, and to also have an extensive knowledge of Inca culture, history and heritage. But that´s not all, being athlete is imperative. You need to be physically fit to trek at high altitudes, have good leadership skills and judgement in order to lead a team of trekkers off the beaten trek. Now, if you´ve ever met Peruvian women, you would know that it was just a matter of time before they dominated this field. Our female tour guides are skilled in using their strengths and weaknesses to their advantage. They are knowledgeable, educated, athletic and great leaders.

Empowering Women in Peru

Women´s social empowering programs

SAM travel actively engages in community development programs. Our community outreach programs focus on the many different facets associated with the empowerment of women. We try to not only improve the lives of the women, but also the quality of life of their families as a whole. The family´s welfare so often falls on the feet of the women and our aim is to lighten this load a bit.

Just to put the life of a typical Peruvian women in these isolated villages into perspective, life in the villages is impoverished and old school. Unfortunately, Peru has fallen short when it comes to empowering women leaving in these disadvantaged mountainous villages. The way of life is still traditional and follows ancient customs. Sadly, this means the treatment of women has not improved much at all. Women are generally not educated, marry young, expected to just raise the children and to be completely submissive and subservient. Because they have culturally been expected to stay quiet, they never speak up for themselves. They also don’t have much confidence in going out to find financial or social freedom. This is why these initiatives are so close and dear to our hearts.
Without you, our clients, none of our social projects would be possible. Its thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support. This is why we are able to do more outreach programs and uplift even more women.
As a team we share the same overall goals and values. We understand the value of each and every female team member. We are committed to continuously learning and improving the women within our labor force, so they can reach their full potential. Our aim is to not fall prey to any societal pressures and not promote any gender-based inequalities.

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

Tanya H 2023/03/02

Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

Captanjack 2023/01/012

Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

Sherry 2022/12/26

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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C Clark 2023/01/20

Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

Emma Dinzebach Clark 2023/01/10

2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

Nupur Joshi 2023/01/02

We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

Xueying Chen 2022/12/20

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Brandon Slater 2022/09/30

My wife and I just completed two excursions with SAM Travel Peru and we absolutely loved them. We did the 4 Day Salkantay Wilderness + Machu Picchu and then the 2-Day Rainbow Mountain + 7 Lakes trek with guide Carlos Estrada, chefs Nerio & Lucio, and horseman Unarato. Over the last 6 days we have learned so much about the Inca culture, discovered some of the most incredible sights, and ate delicious food every step of the way. We would definitely recommend SAM Travel (especially with Carlos!) to anyone that wants an incredible Peruvian adventure. The Wilderness trek is a much quieter trail than the standard Salkantay and goes a bit higher elevation, but camping at the base of Salkantay was incredible. Carlos's guided tour through Machu Picchu was so informative. We would have missed so much without him taking the time to share his knowledge.

Kellie Taylor 2022/04/06

Big thanks to David he was an amazing tour guide who really cared for our group. He allowed us to go at our own pace and was a brilliant photographer He was really funny and is full of interesting information & his passion for his inca ancestors is very obvious and warming. He also brought us to great restaurants! This company are very good and from what I can recall were cheaper than most. Thank you!

Mike Geelhoed 2021/06/10

They took care of everything! Saul the owner is very responsive and helpful. Johnny our guide was fantastic, as were our chef, assistant chef and horsemen. I can’t recommend them highly enough and will definitely use them again if we return to Peru!

Janice-Kaneki Chen 2020/01/28

Three of us decided to choose Sam Travel Peru, reason being is it is a local travel company that help indegenious communities. We picked Lares Trek 4D3N to have cultural experience while hiking. Good foods provided by talented Mario Chef! Johnny is our tour guide, very helpful tour guide. He even helped me to carry my daypack as I was too exhausted to carry it on day 1 hiking. Strongly recommend to those like to have local experience while hiking.

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