Are girlfriend getaways to peru for you? Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions reports that the number of women hiking Peru’s Inca Trail January through March 2013 has exceeded male hikers by 589.
“Are women really more adventurous than men?” asks Diane Valenti, founder/owner. According to Peru’s Institute of National Culture, the ratio of women to men hiking the Inca Trail hovers at 53 percent women to 47 percent men. Only 500 people, including hikers, porters and guides, are allowed on the trail each day.
She says Llama Expeditions is ready to do its part to challenge women by organizing 10-day girls’ getaways for women who may want to flex beyond yoga and spa for a few days during the peak trekking season from now through October.
To offer an incentive to book now, Llama Expeditions is offering a $100 discount for any woman that signs up for an Inca Trail trek between June 1, 2013 and the end of the year. The hike must be completed by the end of 2014.
The 10-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu adventure begins and ends in Lima and includes tours of this city plus explorations of colonial Cusco and nearby Inca ruins, visits to a remote weaving community high in the Andes or to an Inca Trail porter community, all preceding four days on the Inca Trail before arriving in Machu Picchu. The per person rate is $4,497 for small groups of two to four. The individual price comes down for larger groups.
Accommodations include small lodges in populated regions and comfortable three-season tents on the Inca Trail.
Guests are encouraged to donate gifts of food, school supplies and clothing that can make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Enroute are opportunities for giving, including dining at one restaurant that benefits women and children in some of the poorest communities in the Andes.
About Llama Expeditions
Entrepreneur and outdoorswoman Diane Valenti hatched the idea for her company in 2008 over a home-cooked chicken dinner at close to 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. She has been able to apply her over 20 years as a business consultant working with clients such as Genentech, Nike, and Starbucks Coffee Company to her enterprise that goes beyond just ordinary tourism.
Llama Expeditions tours offer full cultural immersion giving guests the opportunity to see how Peruvians live—to talk with them about their dreams and accomplishments and to learn about the challenges they face. Interactions with nonprofit and grassroots organizations are also woven into the itinerary when possible giving participants the chance to experience the difference gifts of healthy food, school supplies, clothing, or sunglasses can make in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.