About the company
Incatrekkers is fully owned and operatedby Juvenal Iturriaga, a native Peruvian from Urubamba, a province of Cusco-Peru. The company is 100% Peruvian and no foreign investors participate. That way we can guarantee that all income stays in the country and supports sustainable and responsible tourism.
Responsible Tourism is tourism which:
- minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being
of host communities
- improves working conditions
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life opportunities
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage
- provides enjoyable experiences for tourists through meaningful connections
with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental
- provides access for physically challenged people
- is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds
local pride and confidence”
The company is built around this fundamental idea. Juvenal has strong ties
to various local mountain communities and offers good jobs with fair
salaries to these people. The company does not work with foreign tour operators
or other intermediaries but only accepts bookings via the webpage or directly by
contacting Juvenal. The company uses extra revenue, to set up social projects which support local people in the
mountains. We offer a variety of treks and city tours in Cusco with professional
trilingual (Quechua, Spanish and English) staff.
About Juvenal Iturriaga
My name is Juvenal Iturriaga and I was born in the Yanahuara community in Urubamba. I spent the first years of my life with my family growing our own food like corn, potatoes and some vegetables. During elementary and primary school in my community I learned Quechua, which is our mother language and a little Spanish.
To continue school, I left my community and went alone to the larger town of Urubamba to secondary school. My parents had no means to finance my studies so I looked after myself during that time and worked for about two years as a porter on the classical Inca Trail. It was hard work carrying 45 to 50 kilos on my back with a poor wage.
I did not want to spend my life as a porter so moved to Cusco to keep studying in order to become a tour guide. In Peru tour guides have to study tourism and English. I worked very hard to earn money to study at the university and became a tour guide I worked at all sorts of jobs to make my living and finance my studies. But the dream came true and a small farm boy from the Highlands managed to become a real Peruvian tour guide.
I worked as a tour guide for various companies and during that time I learned a lot from my tourist guests and also from the local staff (cooks, porters and classmates) accompanying me on the trails. I hiked the classical Inca Trail and also various trails in the many highland communities where our porters come from. Hiking these remote trails showed me once more how hard life is in the Peruvian mountains.
I learned that most tour companies are run by foreigners and a large portion of the income leaves the country and next to nothing remains to help local people and develop the country. So I decided to start my own company to help my people in the future. This is what drives me. I will never forget my roots and want to actively contribute to improving their life.