Although G Adventures restarted operations over one year ago, it was only last month that the tour operator welcomed travellers back on the iconic Inca Trail after it reopened.
With new health and safety protocols in place, G Adventures’ team of ‘Inca Warriors’ has now safely led over 14 trips along the ancient Inca Trail with travellers from Canada, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands hiking the four-day route to reach the famous Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
In addition, G Adventures has been working alongside local authorities to help support the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination for Inca Trail porters, who received their first vaccination dose in August.
In line with new safety procedures, physical distancing, hand sanitization and mask-wearing were in effect throughout the trip, with the group operating at 50% capacity.
“It’s wonderful to see our first groups returning to the Inca Trail, not only for our travellers who have been waiting to enjoy this epic challenge for many months, but also for our local team of Inca Warriors and porters who have been eager to return to doing what they love,” says Sarah Miginac, general manager for Latin America at G Adventures. “We’ve worked hard to ensure the highest level of safety training, including sanitization, mask wearing and, most recently, vaccination of all our porters, and have received glowing feedback from the travellers who have trekked with us in recent weeks.”
Over the next two months, G Adventures is set to operate over 100 tours to the Inca Trail.
“As part of G Adventures’ commitment to community tourism, our trips include a lot of interaction with local communities in and around the Sacred Valley, offering income opportunities to the local people and great experiences to our travellers. The tourism halt has been devastating for these communities, and we’ve worked with our non-profit partner, Planeterra, to help raise funds to support their families through the pandemic, so seeing our team members welcome their first guests in 18 months is really fantastic,” Miginac continues.
These tours include:
Amazon to the Andes: Combining the wildlife of the Amazon jungle with the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Andean region, this 12-day adventure takes travellers on a once-in-a-lifetime tour around Peru’s diverse regions. Starting in Lima and heading to Cusco, travellers will trek the ancient Inca Trail, meeting local communities along the way, before flying to the Amazon to enjoy three days of jungle excursions, wildlife spotting and visiting nearby plantations.
The Inca Trail: Combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s most coveted hikes. Pass along ancient Incan passes, passing ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests before catching a glimpse of majestic Machu Picchu at sunrise as you enter the ancient citadel through the Sun Gate. Priced from $1,349 per person.
Classic Peru: Culture, local connections and active adventures are all on the cards with this compact tour of Peru. Highlights include visiting the archaeological sites and historical treasures of the Andean highlands, cruising Lake Titicaca and immersing in rural life with a homestay in a small village. Travellers will wander the cobblestoned streets of Cusco before breaking a sweat hiking mountain passes along the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu.