Since porters usually trek much faster, and carry much more gear, they have different energy requirements and therefore eat different meals than our passengers, and sometimes at different times of day as well. G Adventures provides porters with larger meal portions, and meals that are higher in carbohydrates, in accordance with their needs.
Porters are third-party contractors, and are already well-trained and experienced trekkers. G Adventures also organizes a full-day training session every February, before trekking season opens.
Porters are an integral part of the Inca Trail experience. G Adventures provides porters with equipment to ensure a safe, comfortable hike, including a back protector, rain poncho, sun hat, proper footwear, a head lamp, and a rain jacket. Equipment is checked regularly, and we frequently solicit feedback from our porters on how to improve the backpacks they are provided for carrying gear. G Adventures provides medical insurance for our porters, and in the unlikely event that a porter falls ill or becomes injured, they are immediately removed from the tour and assisted in seeking medical attention.
Tipping is at your discretion, but is always appreciated. If you enjoyed the service you enjoyed from your guides and porters, we suggest tipping between $6-8 dollars a day.