New for 2014: Brand new “Dragoman-only” Inca Trail Trek
Unique community Inca Trail trek will become flagship Responsible Travel Project
Dragoman, the worlds’ leading overland tour operator, has just launched a brand new Inca Trail trek, totally unique to the 32 year old company and its passengers.
The new “MoonTemple to SunTemple” trek travels through a remote area of the Andes, through small communities and stunning mountain scenery before taking the train to Machu Picchu on day 5.
This is not the first time Dragoman have pioneered an ‘alternative’ Community Inca Trail.
Seven years ago, the company was the first to follow a route between Huaran and Lares, along which they established their award-winning flagship responsible tourism project, ‘Tarpuy Yachay’, raising US$10,000 per year for local Quechua Indian communities. Funds raised helped build a school and fund a full time teacher, complete reforestation and other environmental projects as well as providing the local community with a sustainable, regular income.
Now that Tarpuy Yachay is self-supporting, the thirty-two year old operator believes that the time is right to support other local communities in the area. According to Anki Nordin, Destinations Manager for the Americas, “the new trek bears all the hallmarks of a fantastic new experience whilst being an unexploited trekking route.” The operator hopes to replicate the success of Tarpuy Yachay by providing the Ancascocha community with financial and practical support, again, by rebuilding a local school and helping to fund a full-time local teacher.
Dragoman will continue to fund a teacher on the original route until next year, to assist in a smooth transition.
70% of Dragoman passengers have chosen to travel the alternative Inca Trail. It is anticipated that, due to its exclusivity, a similar or greater number will choose this new Inca Trail alternative.
Sample Packages including the new community trek:
Cuzco to La Paz, 12 days from £555 per person plus local kitty of US£820.
Lima to Cuzco, 17 days from £665 per person plus local kitty of US$930.
Lima to La Paz, 22 days from £930 per person plus local kitty of US$1070.
For bookings, call 01728 861133 or visit www.dragoman.com
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