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Alfredo Ferreyros
Alfredo Ferreyros


It is 40 years since Alfredo Ferreyros founded Explorandes, a pioneering adventure tour operator in the Andes that has opened trekking routes in the Cordilleras del Sur such as Vilcabamba and Vilcanota, exploring sections of the Inca routes. Explorandes has led the exploration and development of trekking and canoeing, focusing its business management fundamentally on innovation and social responsibility. The company has led a process of Environmental Certification (ISO 14000), and Explorandes was the first tour operator to be awarded with this certification in the Americas. Today, Explorandes offers active programmes related to experiences in culture and nature in the Andes. It was recognised as the best Green Tour Operator in the World at the World Tourism Awards (WTA) three years running.  

It has been a member of the boards of directors of several national tourism associations and has founded conservation NGOs, participating in developing the environmental management and preservation of natural resources from the private sector and with the State. It is now a member of the Board of Consultation of the Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA), a global organisation that promotes responsible tourism, amongst other things.


Session 6

3rd March - 16:00h – 17:45h

The Inca Trail and its role in promoting trekking in the Andes

The Inca Trail has become a classic trek for those who love to hike in the mountains. After looking at the places where hiking is important in Peru and the Andes we will examine more closely what has happened on the Inca Trail, why it is being preserved and still is one of the most unique experiences in mountain tourism. We will look at its main attributes and market opportunities as well as accesability and services available. From an archaeological park it became a National Protected area encompassing 32,000 Hectares. It still has some serious problems to be resolved but they are all identified as there are management plans in place and what is mostly required is political will. It will be a challenge to receive more tourism than  presently and there are still many risks unless we can diversity the attractions.

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