Questions about Inca Discovery PID:070510 May 10, 2007

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Questions about Inca Discovery PID:070510 May 10, 2007

Postby IncaTrail50 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:03 am

Hi...I guess we'll find this out when we arrive but for pre-trip budgeting we wondered how many porters we need to tip after the Inca Trail. We know we tip the cook and probably two guides since our group has the max of 16. We assume we tip the porter who carries our personal stuff as well as the one who carries our tent? Any others? We have no idea how many are involved! Also, are snacks provided on the trail or do we bring/purchase our own?
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Postby monty » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:45 am

HI Inca,

Generally everybody makes a tip pool that is collected from the group on the last evening of the Inca Trail and distributed among the guide and porters. The group usually decides how much but as always tipping is a personal thing, it won't be a huge decision when the time comes.

About the snacks, I found a personal supply of chocolate and nuts to be great for the trail as I often found myself ahead of the group. Avoid the cheap bulk Peruvian Chocolate from the markets, it tastes horrible after about day 2 of the hike!
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Postby Vespasia » Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:39 pm

Hey There,

With regards to tipping the porters...My boyfriend and I ended up being the only two people on our entire GAP tour, but still had a team of 7 people/porters just for us (There should have been a third person joining us on the trail, but she cancelled out at that last minute.) Anyway, we had been told by our GAP leader that we should be tipping EACH of the seven people at least ten dollars (USD) each for their work on the hike and possibly give even more to the cook and the waiter! It seemed like a lot of money beforehand, but when you see the work that these men are doing for such little pay, the $10.00 each means nothing and we happily gave it. They were all so attentive and a lot of fun too!

Another GAP group that we met up with had been advised to donate 100 sol's each to put in a tipping pool.

As far as snacks go, we had purchased a few things before hand, but we were provided with a little snack bag each day which included some fresh fruit, a carb. source and some candies...compound that with the three huge meals you are served everyday and food won't be a problem.

Happy Hiking! :D
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Postby Sabine » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:17 pm

Any snacks I brought to the trail, I ended up not eating. The porters carry lots of supplies, and the meals and snacks were incredibly good and wholesome. If you have a favorite granola bar or so, you may want to bring it. However you will surely not go hungry. I think I probably gained weight on the hike :lol:
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Postby IncaTrail50 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:29 pm

Hi Everyone...thanks for the suggestions and additional info. As first-time GAP travellers it's nice to hear from people who've done the trip already. It sure makes the packing decisions easier!
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Postby Spaceboy » Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:30 pm

Yes the tipping pool is a great way to make sure everyone gets tips that were involved in the trek. You will feel great about giving the money once you see how hard they work for you. Really. Your fav. snacks are always a great thing to bring with you from home. Nothing is better than breaking out a nice piece of chocolate on day 3! The food and snacks are great but nothing like a little comfort food while on trek.
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