Due to the pandemic, tourism globally is completely paralyzed. Our company, Mava Travel, like many others in this sector, is going through a very difficult situation, trying to survive without being able to operate, our services or make profits, due to the current situation.
Although there are many plans in Peru for the upcoming months with the aim to revive the economy and our sector, everything is still very uncertain and there is no certainty of when we can resume our activities. This has profoundly affected our source of income and productivity as a company.
As an official tour operator of Inca Trail, we had a list of 40 workers per diem, who were destined to work in the groups scheduled for this 2020; groups that have unfortunately been cancelled, and that consequently has forced us to not require the work of these people.
We have faced with responsibility and assume the cancellations and postponements of our clients, and at the same time we continue to create re-adaptation and redesign initiatives, while still supporting our team that works from home. However, because we do not have the financial resources to do so, we cannot support the Inca Trail team.
For this reason today we are making an open call, a call for help on behalf of the guides, assistant guides, porters, leaders of porters, cooks, cleaners, so that travelers who have the means and possibility of joining the cause, can provide financial help to help these people who are without tourism income for the foreseeable future.
Most of these people who made up our team, are native to Cusco and from the rural areas (Huaran and Sihuenca), and live from agriculture and work in the countryside. Tourism was an influential economic source on their day-to-day life to be able to support themselves and their families. They now do not have that economic factor that allowed them to survive and we do not have the capital to be able to help them.
The Inca Trail is a wonderful hike, extremely special for its wonderful landscapes, for the challenge and physical effort that entails, and for the grand finale that it has when you arrive after four days to the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu. This experience is unique because travelers are accompanied by this human team throughout the journey, who make sure travelers can enjoy this experience from beginning to end.
That is why, if you have had the opportunity to do this hike and have felt directly the warm hospitality of these human beings, we ask you to please help us help them. Any amount counts and we assure you it will create an impact for them and their families.