APINA is a nonprofit organization working to improve living conditions in Cusco, Peru by implementing rural tourism initiatives and educating community members on how to benefit from the natural, institutional, cultural, and social resources around them.
Tour revenue is directly reinvested in the people of Patabamba by supporting housing improvements and other community development projects.
Any day by appointment
Adults, Families, Professionals
English, Spanish, Quechua
1 to 12
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Camera, Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Mosquito repellent, Snacks, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Water, Money (if interested in purchasing textiles in the community)
This org is new to the travel industry
Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.
Travel to the community of Patabamba and participate in two immersive workshops that will teach you about the daily life and customs of this region. Begin your adventure with a textile activity in which local women will welcome you and introduce you to the art of weaving. Unlock the tricks to wool shearing, spinning, washing, dyeing, and weaving from local experts. Explore the beauty of Patabamba’s natural surroundings while learning how to identify and collect plants that can be used to dye and wash wool.
Afterwards, meet the men of Patabamba and help them prepare a delicious Pachamanca lunch. This traditional Peruvian meal is cooked underground using heat generated by hot stones.
Later, participate in an ethnobotanist workshop in which you’ll learn everything there is to know about medicinal herbs. Discover the properties and uses of local plants as well as ancient techniques that have been passed down from parent to child for generations. Learn how to create and apply a medicinal herbal poultice and experience its incredible muscle-relaxing powers for yourself with a natural herb massage.
Before leaving the community you will have the opportunity to purchase textiles hand-woven by the women of Patabamba to bring home. Browse their one-of-a-kind blankets, ponchos, chullos, and more and learn the different meanings behind the traditional iconography they feature and then return to Cusco.
A private shuttle service will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and bring you to the community of Patabamba.
To promote sustainable development in rural and urban areas of extreme poverty in the department of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
CAPTUR: Rural tourism training
CADEFOR: Agroforestry, reforestation, and fruit culture training.