In our Inca history, women always mattered.

In our Inca history, women always mattered.

Evolution Treks Peru was founded in 2015 as an ethical tour operator by Góngora, a former porter, and his business partner, Amelia Huaraya Palomino. From the start, the duo has been committed to supporting the rights of Inca Trail porters, who have endured low wages and backbreaking work, with no benefits. The two have made good progress, ensuring that their porters sleep in their own tents rather than on the bathroom floor, earn fair wages, carry packs that aren’t overloaded and are properly clothed.

But women, who throughout Peruvian history have faced prejudice and discrimination, have always been at the epicentre of the company’s mission. Evolution Treks Peru brought on the first women Inca Trail porters in June 2017. “We want women to realise their importance in society,” said Palomino. “That they matter as much as men do. In our Inca history, women always mattered. It’s time to show that by giving women porters and guides opportunities.” This year, Evolution Treks debuted an all-women trek, on which the porters, guides and clients are all women.

In our Inca history, women always mattered. It’s time to show that by giving women porters and guides opportunities.
“We proceed from the perspective of using tourism as a tool for social change,” Góngora said. “In this sense, having women-only tours is a step further into our mission of creating that social change. It solidifies the presence of women on the Inca Trail while it expands on the role that they initially played. That is going from being only one or two women porters to have a team of exclusively women guides, porters and cooks taking care of our women travellers.”

Hiking the Inca Trail is no easy task. The classic trek, 42 kilometres from the trailhead known as Kilometre 82 to Machu Picchu, comprises four days and three nights of hiking and camping along rough, vertiginous trails, sometimes at more than 3,962m in elevation, through some of the world’s most striking landscapes. Llamas run free and birds soar overhead, and the ancient ruins of the Inca world sprinkle the verdant, cloud-cloaked mountainsides. Porters, though, are steely focused on lugging heavy packs of supplies and clients’ personal items between campsites, setting up camp and getting the next meal ready. The guides, meanwhile, must ensure that trekking clients are comfortable on the demanding trail and be prepared for illness, injury or other calamities, all while sharing insights into Incan history and culture.

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Women first started working as porters on the Inca Trail in 2017. There’s now an all-women trek with women guides, porters and guests (Credit: Evolution Treks Peru)
Women first started working as porters on the Inca Trail in 2017. There’s now an all-women trek with women guides, porters and guests (Credit: Evolution Treks Peru)

When Zamalloa started off as a porter, she doubted her ability. The night before her first trek she didn’t sleep. To top it off, she felt ill when she showed up for her first day of work, either from food poisoning or nerves – or both.

“I didn’t think she was going to make it,” Góngora said. “She was throwing up.”

“I said, ‘Yes, I’m going to make it,'” Zamalloa said firmly. The profession had been male-only until the year before she was hired. Knowing the significance of what she was doing, and how it could help her life, she refused to give up.

And she didn’t. For four days she dug deep, carrying a heavy pack along the tortuous trail and fighting her unhappy stomach. Typically shy, she found that she enjoyed meeting new people and developing friendships with her fellow porters. She since has been promoted to assistant tour guide and is studying English to become a fully-fledged tour guide.

When women first started working on the trail in 2017, they encountered resistance from men who questioned their abilities – and their very presence. “At the beginning, guys judged me for being a woman, thinking I wouldn’t be able to do the trek. They made me doubt my abilities, and that was hard at first,” Zamalloa said. “Then I realised I could, and that has made me stronger.”

There also has been some grumbling over women porters carrying less weight than men (15kg to the men’s 20kg) while earning the same wage (915 soles ($233; ₤168) a month for 16 days of work, plus an extra 398 soles ($101; ₤73) in tips.

But little by little, as the appearance of women guides and porters has become more prevalent along the Inca Trail, acceptance is growing.

 

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