Get in Touch With Local Communities
Get in Touch With Local Communities
We will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco to welcome you to the Inca city, then we will transfer you to the hotel and then we can start with the visit to our first destination, the rural community of Willoq. The time from the city of Cusco to the community of Willoq will be 2:30 hours along our journey we will appreciate.
Itinerary Included Map
DAY 1.- AIRPORT PICK UP – WILLOQ - CUSCO.
- Activities: Textile Techniques - Preparation of the Traditional Drink (Chicha de Jora)
- Altitude: 10,756 ft. – 13,498ft
- Level: easy
- Estimated hours: Full Day. (BACK TO CUSCO)
We will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco to welcome you to the Inca city, then we will transfer you to the hotel and then we can start with the visit to our first destination, the rural community of Willoq. The time from the city of Cusco to the community of Willoq will be 2:30 hours along our journey we will appreciate part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (if you want optional We can stop at the different viewpoints to have some wonderful landscapes views).
Once arrived at the community of Willoq you can have the living culture of Peruvian ancestors. Tradition permeates all tasks and activities; From the restless child to the mature adult, the villagers have known how to practice and conserve the wise techniques of cultivating the land. The skillful women dominate the weaving in loom and make their clothes. In the structure of the government of the community the children are included, because they do not lie; The president's right arm has to be a child.
In addition, on this route you can see pre-Inca remains as in Markacocha and a small colonial church on top of a hill, which shows once again the Spanish authoritarianism that happened in the Andean lands.
The inhabitants of these communities maintain their current culture one of the specialties of these descendants of the Incas is their textile, their clothes as often happens with a series of community ventures, they have totally eye-catching colors for the eyes.
When you are close to the town, the visitor can feel a different atmosphere of the city because in there you breathe pure air of nature that is very pleasant, the human presence adds the intensity of red and black that dominate the traditional dress, for that reason the common name that is given to these Inca descendants, of "Huayruros" because their clothes excel in the eyes the color of the seed of good luck.
The costumes are very beautiful and very colorful ponchos woven in different shades of earth, chullos decorated with beads and buttons, embroidered monteras, ribbons, braids, hands, everything in Willoq has the harmonic movement that the textile industry demands, composing a world of color and life It will be an unforgettable experience of experiential tourism.
Spindles, tangles, looms, pots with boiling dyes, dyeing plants, raw fibers, all this attracts the attention of a tourist who visits it, really will pass of the best knowing their customs and traditions of said people, an experiential tourism.
DAY 2.- CUSCO – CALCA – URCO COMMUNITY
- Activities: - making a mud brick - traditional Andean barbecue - school visit - corn harvest.
- Altitude: 10,756ft – 8,390ft
- Level: Easy
- Estimated Hours: Full day
Our day will begin with the pick up at the hotel and then we will be able to travel to the city of Calca 1:30 min, on this day we will visit the rural community of Urqo.
The community of Urqo is one of the few places that people practice ancient techniques that are from the time of the Incas.
Once arrived at the urqo community we will begin to learn the techniques of how people prepare the mud and turn them into bricks to later build their houses.
Adobe is one of the oldest and most popular construction techniques in the world. Its use has been recorded more than 10 thousand years in the most varied areas and climates of the planet.
The use of adobe using design methods and old materials. in our society the rural economic situation of the country with the extensive knowledge of ancient architecture and city design techniques. Many local people used this technique to build their own houses nowadays this is a great legacy to the world.
It is possible to make adobe brick with any type of earth, is not require a precise mix of clay and sand. The adobe can dry under the Sun and do not take more than a few days to get ready. Observation is necessary, however, the quality of the bricks (greater or lesser resistance) will result from the quality of the land. The ideal for making bricks is clay with 30% clay in its composition.
After this beautiful time, it will be time for the Andean BBQ. Local people known as Pachamanca.
It consists of digging a hole in the earth, placing some stones, previously heated in firewood. Then, put on different types of meats previously macerated and seasoned with ingredients such as huacatay, chili pepper, cumin, pepper and other spices, potatoes, cassava, sweet potato, corn, cheese, beans and other ingredients. Above, a bed of hot stones is put again and so on. Cover everything with banana leaves and finally with earth. After a few hours it digs up and the plate is ready.
This food was already known at the time of the Inca Empire, and was held as a kind of ritual of gratitude to mother earth, which provided them with food at the time of harvest .
After to finish our Andean BBQ, then will be time for visiting the school of Urqo community (you can bring some school supplies in order to help most of those humble kids that will be a huge gift for them), after this visit we are going to jump in the corn farm where our local farmers will teach us every single technique for the agriculture and also we are going to learn, interact with the agriculture technique that this people preserve over than 700 years.
Finally as is getting late will be time to go back to cusco city.
DAY 3.- CUSCO – PARU PARU (PISAQ Potato park) - CUSCO
- Activities: - Visit Paru Paru Community and Potato Farms.
- Altitude: 10,756ft – 14,190ft
- Level: Easy
- Estimated Hours: Full day
In our last day we are going to visit one of the highest communities located in Pisaq district, Paru Paru Community is located at 14,190ft. we will start from Cusco in our private transportation about 2:00 hours in order to get this beautiful place.
Once we arrive there we are going to learn about the agriculture technologies and this people keep it for over than 1,000 years.
Peru is the country with the greatest diversity of potatoes in the world, with 8 native species domesticated and 2,301 of the more than 4,000 varieties that exist in the Peruvian Andes. In addition, our country has 91 of the 200 species that grow wild in almost all of our continent (and that are generally not edible).
The International Potato Center (CIP) is the institution in charge of the scientific conservation of the potato, and at the same time it does so with other tubers and some roots. Its work began in 1.971 and aims to reduce poverty, increase environmental sustainability and help ensure food security in the poorest and most marginalized areas.
After we interact with the farmers at Paru Paru we have an optional stop at the archeological site of Pisaq. This place was used in order to adapt, crossbreed different type of crops.
We return to Cusco. End of the service.
- Private Transportation.
- Airport Pick up.
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Professional Chef.
- 3 Lunch Included. (optional vetegerian)
- Eating tent and the equipment for lunch.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First Aid kit.
- Extra Gratitude (tips)
- Entrance to the archeological sites (in case you want to visit you will need to buy).
- The places we are planning to visit are very humble communities so if you want to help more you can take some of your second hand clothing in order to give them as a gift it will be appreciate in advance.
- Willoq is a community mainly in textile technique so if you want to get some of those textiles you can get here, so this is another way to help them. We try to support them and we never as for commission as is happening with most of the travel companies.
- When we visit the school you can take some supplies