I found myself more interested in these guys than I was even in Machu Picchu (the final stop on the trail.) Chatting to them and our guide, I learnt that they work super long hours and are often exploited by many other tour operators.
TreXperience was set up by a local ex-porter who wanted to change this. This small, new company pay their porters fairly and provide them with uniforms and insurance. I really felt like they actually cared and I would truly recommend them to anyone travelling in Peru.
At the end of our trip, one of the porters joined us in Machu Picchu to help the member of our team who was struggling to walk. Porters are not usually allowed inside and take a different route to avoid the entrance fee. Seeing his face as he took in the details of one of the world’s seven wonders, for the first time, despite it being right on his doorstep, was the highlight for me.