Q’inti is a boutique tour operator with a sales office in Lima and operational offices in Cusco and Brazil. We provide an excellent creative and authentic service, with fair prices, that include the planning necessary for a smooth experience. Classic Peru roundtrips for groups and families, Inca Trail and Treks, specialty tours include bird watching tours, photo safaris and educational tours. We support community based projects and government-run conservation areas in our commitment to make a positive impact.
Q’inti is the Quechua word for hummingbird. Q’inti means love, happiness and beauty. In the Andes the spiritual meaning is resurrection, and the wingbeat a symbol for the infinite, eternity and continuity.
We provide extraordinary experiences in Peru, while being socially and environmentally responsible, always satisfying the needs of our clients, exceeding their expectations.
We actively participate in the following projects in our quest to have a positive impact on society and the environment.
Q’inti supports and works in collaboration with Corbidi, a Lima-based nonprofit conservation group. This support includes internships and travel opportunities for Corbidi students and sponsorship of thesis fieldwork of two ornithology students per year. Please contact us if you would like more information about sponsoring the fieldwork of an eager university student. Upon request, we can arrange a visit to Corbidi’s headquarters in Lima, where you will meet several students at work and see their superb museum collection of Peruvian birds.
The High Andean Flamingo Conservation Group was established in 1997 by several conservation biologists from Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to jointly monitor and protect the population of the High Andean Flamingos. For over 20 year our group has conducted simultaneous census’ throughout the from countries. Every February we conduct simultaneous census in Parinacochas and you are welcome to join us.
Through the Lago Soledad rainforest lodge, which has a 10,250 hectare private reserve, we support the protection of the rainforest, which is also affected by illegal logging in the Las Piedras River area.
In cooperation with CORBIDI, a research and environmental protection group, a research station is to be created here. On the one hand, these illegal lumberjacks are to prevent and, on the other hand, existing biodiversity can be better investigated. A CORBIDI biologist is already permanently on site to lead the project.
On the Q’inti Inca Trail we work with porters from various Andean communities. Ten percent of Q’inti’s trail profits support the communities and families of our porters. Porters enjoy their work, but it is nevertheless very demanding on their health. During the high season they hike the Inca Trail back to back for different companies. It is important to provide a protein rich nutrition and dry sleeping areas to avoid them falling sick.
For the porters we ensure:
Arpilleras are patchwork artwork made by local and indigenous women that depict the wildlife of the beautiful Amazon and the spectacular wildlife that lives there. Buying the arpilleras helps support any of the 60 ladies and their families that currently produce arpilleras. The arpilleras are available through Q’inti offices. Each arpillera is unique and comes with a hand written description. If you are interested in selling arpilleras, please let us know. As the production shop in Peru is located in Sepahua, far out in the Peruvian Amazon, to understand the Peruvian effort, it is best to meet with Ms. Noris, the arpillera master teacher and coordinator, who runs a similar workshop in the outskirts of Lima.