APINA: Cusco Discovery Tour: Local Customs and Cuisine in Patabamba

Cusco Discovery Tour: Local Customs and Cuisine in Patabamba

Patabamba, Peru


Non-profit organization

8 hours
From$122 USDper person

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 Highlights

  • Discover the artistic, medicinal, and culinary traditions of Peru’s Sacred Valley and help bring economic stability to the region.
  • Prepare and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal with the men of Patabama.
  • Learn how to shear, spin, wash, dye, and weave wool from local women who have mastered the craft.

Tour revenue is directly reinvested in the people of Patabamba by supporting housing improvements and other community development projects.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    8 am

  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish, Quechua

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 12

  • Difficulty

    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)

  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • This org is new to the travel industry

    Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.

Tour Description

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.

How To Get There

A private shuttle service will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and bring you to the community of Patabamba.

More About APINA


To promote sustainable development in rural and urban areas of extreme poverty in the department of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.

Main Programs

  • CAPTUR: Rural tourism training

  • CADEFOR: Agroforestry, reforestation, and fruit culture training.