Rural Tourism & Hands-On Experiences

ABOUT RURAL TOURISM

Peru has a cultural wealth at the height of great and millenary civilizations in humanity´s history.

Our visitors have the opportunity to go back to the past and live pre-Incan, Incan, colonial and republican Andean traditions manifested through the varied Peruvian gastronomy, art, communal customs, hand crafts and music.

Visitors who wish to journey through our territory, step by step, have the opportunity to go for rural live experiences in farmers´ houses, with families who have prepared their houses in order to lodge guests and who are willing to show them their way of life, customs and traditions such as that of plowing fields with oxen, preparing bread, participating in offering ceremonies to Mother Earth, sow products of the area, go on hikes to nearby attractions, as well as taking part in customs and practices kept through time.

In our immediate area of influence inhabitants of two communities of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, open their doors to “pilgrims”, in order to share their daily lives through live experiences. Your stay allows you to directly participate in farming activities, celebrations and rituals, achieving a true live exchange, in balance with nature. In addition, it is possible to relive multi-millenary myths and traditions in contact with local inhabitants.

RURAL TOURISM IN PATABAMBA

The Patabamba inhabitants association offer an new alternative to experience Hands-On their traditions and customs, to get to know their history and to improve their lives and those of her children. They offer the possibility to interact with the world beyond thier borders.

Patabamba is a community located at a place they call “the Balcony” of the Sacred Valley, made up of about 25 families of weavers.

Traditionally, their agricultural activities are centered in the husbandry of cuyes, and the farming of maize, potato, etc., and their artisan work revolves around the weaving of lamb’s wool and alpaca hair. Today, to complement their traditional earnings, the community is experimenting forays into rural tourism to share their knowledge of these ancestral activities, particularly techniques of weaving and dying.

Patabamba is part of the “Pacha Paqareq Network”, and it is through this initiative that they are acting in the world of Rural Tourism; the rural communities of Raqchi and Chillca (Cusco), and Qhantati in Puno are also part of this network. They are conscious that networking is the best strategy to further their development; in this way they are also capable to offer the walker a vast array of community experiences, each high lightening their own attractions.

They offer room and board service in their own family houses. In Patabamba you can join in and participate in the joy and celebration of the farming activities, which start early in the morning with an Offering to Mother Earth. After the agricultural tasks are done, there come the celebration with dances and songs accompanied by old musical instruments which are still in use.

Location:

The community of Patabamba is located in the district of Coya (Calca province), at 12,500 feet above sea level. Patabamba is a native community that offers the visitor a series of privileges: unsurpassable views (thus the appellative of “balcony”), and a way of life barely touché by modern encroachment. Their agricultural heritage is an important addition to the Sacred Valley’s food needs.

Weaving & Farming:

Patabamba inhabitants dedicate their lives to farming and weaving, pillars of their history and survival. Their techniques in both activities are living examples of Incan technology, which makes the products they produce and manufacture some of the best examples of the these ancient south Andean Peruvian crafts.

WALKERS’ LODGE invites you to share their customs and their wonderful way of life.

Tour Includes:

Private transportation for the full two days

Meals: 01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner

Professional Guide

Lodging in native family houses or in tents

Does not Include:

Day 01 Breakfast

Last Dinner

Extras

RURAL TOURISM IN WILLOC & PATACANCHA

WALKERS’ LODGE intermediates a second alternative in Rural Tourism, this one not exactly in their immediate area of influence, but slightly further. Willoc and Patacancha are rural communities next to Ollantaytambo, privileged sites to also get to know the traditional Cusco textile production artwork. Besides, they open to the walker the doors to a world that in many aspects is just like the world they inhabited more than five hundred years ago, and yet well adapted to the dynamics of modernism.

Itinerary:

Day 01: WALKERS’ LODGEOllantaytambo – Comunidad de Willoc

Early in the morning, the tour operator will pick you up from the Lodge in a dedicated transport van and head towards Ollantaytambo; there you will spend some time getting to know the history and importance of the place. Once the visit to Ollantaytambo town is finished, we will head straight to Willoc, where we will have a first activity with the native inhabitants getting to know their working way of life, becoming active participants in the tasks that involve husbandry, agriculture and weaving. Later on we will participate in their household chores.

Lunch and typical dinner, with ‘show’ designed and prepared by the inhabitants of the village itself; at the end of the day, lodging in their own rural huts.

Day 02: WillocPatacanchaWALKERS’ LODGE

Very early in the morning we will rise with the rest of the household and participate with them in a hearty Andean breakfast prepared by the women of the house. Once finished, our van will take us to the community of Patacancha where we will witnesses a presentation of their products and daily activities, and become participants in the day-to-day activities of their fascinating artisan work. In particular we will get to know more of their native textile arts, in whose designs the colors red and black are prominent (this is the reason the natives of Patacancha are known locally as “Huayruros”, because their clothing ‘resembles’ the color combination of the good luck seeds that go by that name).

Patacancha is seat to a cooperative of women weavers of extraordinary versatility. Llicllas, shawls, ponchos, bags, sweaters: all woven with a finesse that makes the finished product of lamb or alpaca have the texture of pure silk.

Lunch in the locals family houses. Return to WALKERS´ LODGEk in late afternoon.

Tour Includes:

Private transportation for the full two days

Meals: 01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner

Professional Guide

Lodging in native family houses or in tents

Does not Include:

Day 01 Breakfast

Last Dinner

Extras