Inca Rail

All passengers that wish to donate requested supplies for the project we support, “Fundación Niños del Arco Iris” school, should leave them in our box office at Ollantaytambo train station before boarding the train. We will make arrangements to deliver all the items to the school and monitor that the donated items are used appropriately. Pack the supplies in a white plastic bag with the label: DONATIONS FOR “FUNDACION NIÑOS DEL ARCO IRIS”. Please include your last name, date and train ticket number, along with a list of all the items you are donating inside the bag.


The Children of the school “Fundación Niños del Arco Iris” founded by Helena Van Engelen provides 130 underprivileged children with a primary school education. Children come at 8 a.m. and are dismissed at 4:30 p.m. after receiving both breakfast and lunch. In a caring environment full of love and respect, the children study English, Quechua, computer, theater, dance, and crafts. On Saturday, classes are held for parents.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, and Math

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors, and Water Color Paints and Brushes

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets and Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Ibuprofen and Oral Rehydration Salts

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of December 5, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.