The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the Peruvian tourism industry, slashing the income of many to zero. 80% of people in Cusco rely on tourism to earn their living and they have seen their income for 2020 vanish right before their eyes. Join us in raising funds to replace some of that lost income, and bring financial relief to the hard-working people of the Andes.
Apus Peru Adventure Travel Specialists is a small, family-runtrekking and tour operator based in Cusco, Peru. We follow economically, culturally and environmentally responsible guidelines, offering off-the-beaten-track and truly unique travel experiences that enable travellers to connect with the “real” Peru.
Read more about everything we do as a responsible trekking company.
WHY ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR OUR FIELD STAFF?
In March 2020, with the tourism high season still a couple months away, here in Peru, as everywhere else around the world, things ground to a sudden halt. The normally vibrant and dynamic city of Cusco became a ghost town. Major tourist attractions like Machu Picchu – which normally sees some 2500 visitors per day – became silent.
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism industry in Cusco has been completely destroyed. Our greatest concern right now is our field team – the guides, cooks, porters, muleteers and drivers who make our treks possible – many of whom live in disadvantaged indigenous communities.
They’re the people who walk alongside you on the trail, who make sure everything goes smoothly, and who make sure you safely get from point A to point B. They are literally the heart and soul of our company.
But this year they are facing the unimaginable: the very real possibility that they will have ZERO income this year.
With the confirmed bookings we had in place as of March 2020, we anticipated paying over USD $65,000 in wages to our field team in the coming months. With new bookings that we expected to trickle in throughout the year, we actually projected double that amount for the entire year.
With closed borders, world-wide lockdowns and a general feeling of anxiety in the air, it’s no surprise that many travellers are cancelling their bookings. As a result, the rest of the year is looking very uncertain for us and our field team.
That’s why we’re raising money for an emergency relief fund for our field staff. 100% of whatever we raise will go directly to them.
Our modest goal of $6000 USD – a mere 10% of our initial projections – won’t replace the wages lost this year, but we hope it will provide some short term relief.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
With the vast majority of our 2020 bookings being cancelled or postponed, we are having to scrape by this year on less than 20% of our normal income. Our goal is to ensure that we maintain all of our office staff, and that we won’t need to resort to lay-offs. With some cost-saving measures in place, including moving our office staff to part time hours – we WILL be able to achieve this.
But we can’t forget our field staff, whose salaries depend on the balance of payments that we will not receive this year.
That’s why this time – we need YOUR help.
YOU can help ensure that drivers like Ever will be able to pay for their children’s schooling needs this year;
That muleteers like Agripino can afford to buy expensive staples that they can’t produce themselves, like oil, sugar and laundry detergent;
That guides like Herbert won’t fall into financial ruin because they can’t make their loan payments.
It may not seem like it, but even $10 will go a long way towards helping us meet our goal and every contribution counts.
Help us help them! We are all in this together.
As a thank you for your generous support of our initiative, we have curated a selection of rewards that (we hope!) you will love and will help you to feel connected to us, to the Andes, and to the incredible people that we work with.
There are still ways you can help out!
By spreading the word. Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell your friendly corner grocer! Anyone and everyone you know who might be interested in Peru, responsible travel, the outdoors, mountains, or adventure trekking – and invite them to check out our campaign page!
Do you have a travel blog? Post a link to our website or to our campaign page and tell your followers about what we’re trying to do.
By following us on social media! We’ll be posting regularly on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so this is another great way to stay informed, and spread the message by re-posting our campaign-related posts.
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The Apus Team