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A Community in Action

“To move forward, you have to give back.” Oprah Winfrey

When Action Peru Treks began operating in 2015, one of our first goals as a locally founded company was to become “community friendly”. That is, to find a way to help the local communities upon whose history and legacies our tours would be based. We’re taking action to improve the lives of those who could use a little help – and creating a Community in Action!

Beginning with recruitment, we selected the porters, horsemen and kitchen staff from these communities, quickly finding that their knowledge, strength and skills were to become integral to the success of our tours. Staff soon became friends, and as friendships grew we began to understand some of the challenges that these remote communities still experience, despite their relative proximity to the developed tourist operations of cities like Cusco and Aguas Calientes.

Trek with Action Peru Treks and support many local social projects in Peru!

Community in Action
Soqma and Rayan

The communities of Soqma and Rayan, located in the district of Ollantaytambo, are abundant with ancestral customs, but families struggle with quality of life. People in this area raise mostly agriculture and livestock, but Andean geography and seasonal rains make farming a challenge.  

Crops raised are only enough for family consumption and the terrain does not lend well to larger herds of livestock. The villages of Soqma and Rayan are home to approximately 200 people.

Despite living in a rural area with limited resources, the children there have hopes, dreams and goals of being successful professionals one day. But with lack of opportunities, tools, and funding, they often have to set aside their aspirations.

Action Peru Treks wants the children in these communities to succeed and thrive – and education is vital for making that happen. The combined school was shut down and abandoned at the onset of COVID, nearly two years ago. Because funds were so limited, no maintenance has been performed on the building since.

Thanks to improving COVID cases, the school is now preparing to re-open on March 15, 2022 for in-person classes for primary students in kindergarten through sixth grade. But before the school can open its doors to the students, the building is in dire need of repairs.

  • A new roof is essential. Rain has weakened the integrity of the roof, making it dangerous – and it leaks badly.
  • Flooring needs to be repaired to prevent trip hazards and collapse.
  • New bathrooms need to be built, as the plumbing has failed and it is no longer operational, safe, or sanitary.
  • Walls need to be secured and/or built to accommodate multiple classrooms in the building.
  • Broken windows need to be replaced.

Action Peru Treks  has gotten to know this community very well, as the villages are at the entrance to all Ancascocha treks, plus the Inca Quarry trek. “We work closely with these villages, and have gotten to know many of the people.

We especially want to support them because they allow our porters to utilize their horses to haul gear and belongings on our guided treks.

We want to give back to them to show our appreciation,” says Roxner Cardenas Quispe, owner of Action Peru Treks.  “We hope to raise $10,000 USD to pay for the most urgent repairs so the children can return and learn in a safe environment.”

Any additional funding will go toward school supplies, including pencils, paper, and backpacks for the children. THANK YOU so much for your consideration and helping us be a Community in Action!


Sacsayhuaman

One such community is Sacsayhuaman where nearly all of our porters, and many of our chef staff live with their families. Belonging to the province of Quispicanchis, the community is settled at an altitude of 3,700m about 4 hours South East of Cusco. A remote, traditional community, their main source of income is from agriculture and Llama farming; a world away from the tourist industries of Cusco.

As we talked with our team, we were shocked to learn that there is actually no school in the town and that to receive a formal education, the children currently have to walk almost 2 hours (each way!) to the nearest school. Come rain, come shine, come snow, come hail, the children spend almost 4 hours a day on the road.

Naturally this enormous physical undertaking for such young bodies deterred many, and as a result many children in the town were receiving little or no education.

And so, the community leaders developed plans to build a school. They had access to the skilled labor, they had the desire to build, but they needed financial support.

We immediately wanted to help, and it was our civic duty to do so. We joined planning sessions in the town, and as the plans started to develop we were able to make a series of donations to allow the project to begin.

We are delighted to say that in the Summer of 2017 the first foundations were laid, and within three short months the building work was complete – our last donation topped the building off with a NEW ROOF!


A Community in Action

Holiday Magic

CHRISTMAS AT A COMMUNITY IN ACTION – PERU TREKS 2018

It was an honor and a privilege for the Action Peru Treks team to spend Christmas Day 2018 in the community of Sacsayhuaman. A fun packed day was spent playing with toys, sharing traditional hot chocolate, and even enjoying a wonderful clown show. We were happy to bring smiles to the faces of more than 150 children who told us after that they’d had “the best Christmas of their lives”.

From all of us at Action Peru Treks, we would like to thank our guides, porters, chefs, horsemen, office staff and especially our clients. This Christmas celebration, and all of our other social projects, were only made possible because of the bookings we received during the year.

And we won’t stop at this Community in Action! Stay tuned for more.

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