Inca Trail porters: the health of local tourism employees as a challenge for travel medicine.

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Abstract

Trekking is an activity that forms part of the increasing adventure and outdoor tourism. High altitude trekking in the Himalayas or Andes has been popular for some time. For longer treks, porters are employed to carry necessary equipment. Porters' working conditions are unfortunate and subsequent health problems considerable. Although Himalayan porters have received some attention in the press and research literature, porters on the popular Inca Trail in Peru have been neglected. In light of the growing awareness of health problems of local tourism employees, the purpose of this study was to describe Inca Trail porters' working conditions and their reports on their related health status to provide baseline information for further research and strategies for improvement.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Lifting
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mountaineering
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Occupational Diseases: epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases: etiology
  • Occupations
  • Peru
  • Peru: epidemiology
  • Travel
  • Work Schedule Tolerance

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  • Irmgard L Bauer

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