CBCtupay: Cusco Culture Tour: The Qhapaq Ñan & Inca Village Homestay

Cusco Culture Tour: The Qhapaq Ñan & Inca Village Homestay

Cusco, Peru

CBCtupay

Social Enterprise

2 days/1 night
From$126 USDper person

CBCtupay and Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas aim to foster and promote the study and understanding of the rural Andes and its historical, economic, environmental, and socio-cultural context.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the farming community of Choquecancha while helping enrich and preserve the region's cultural tradition.
  • Explore the incredible Andean road system the Qhapaq Ñan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Spend the night in the home of a local family.

Tour revenue will be invested in helping fund CBCtupay’s community-based projects, as well as the nonprofit Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas which supports local Andean communities.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    7:30 AM

  • Duration

    2 days/1 night

  • Good For

    Children, Families, Youth

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 10

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Camera, Change of clothes

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Choquecancha, a community of farmers located 3067 meters above sea level, retains the structure of an "Inca Llaqta" (Inca village) on which it was built. Here, you can see a beautiful square with trapezoidal doors, the archaeological site of the Fourteen Gate. The houses of the settlers were built according to the ancestral tradition, using thatched roof of two waters. The peasant community of Choquecancha is located in the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road network recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The community is also part of the regional committee of The Guardians of Great Qhapaq Ñan, which was formed in 2014 to care for and revalue the great legacy of the region.

Day 1
7:30 am Go from your hotel to the community of Choquecancha on board the service van, crossing the Lares' Abra’s highest point (approximately 4,400 meters) in a spectacularly high Andean landscape.

11:30 am Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed with a ceremony by the Virgin Mary Help of Christians association. Walk around the community and see some of their traditional houses. Then, visit the local home where you will be spending the night.

12:30 am Enjoy a lunch prepared with local products by the weavers while taking in an impressive view of the area.

2:00 pm Hike in the beautiful surroundings of Choquecancha, where you can find sacred sites, qolqas, and other platforms. Explore the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road of worldwide importance, as it crosses Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.

5:30 pm Have dinner with your host family in their home before gathering around the fireplace for Quechua storytelling and singing. Spend the night in your hosts’ home.

Day 2
07:30 am Enjoy an Andean breakfast with your host family.

08:30 am Learn about the process of making handmade fabric through a demonstration. To weave, you have to use plant fibers (such as cotton) or animals, preferably Andean camelids like alpaca and vicuña. All the fabric inputs are natural and originated in the Choquecancha community.

12:00 pm Enjoy a lunch prepared with local products by the weavers.

1:30 pm A farewell ceremony will cap your day before you leave Matinga and head to Lares, where you can enter the Thermal Baths (optional and recommended) with several thermal-medicinal pools.

2:00 pm Return to Cusco or to the place where you will continue your journey. If you visit the Thermal Baths of Lares, the return to trip Cusco will be between 4 and 5 PM.

Please note: small groups (1-2 travelers) will be accommodated by public transport instead of private transport.

Tour Start Address

Cusco, Cusco, Cusco, Peru

How To Get There

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco.

More About CBCtupay

Mission

To support marginalized Andean communities while serving as a link between Andean people and other cultures, disciplines, and the world.

Main Programs

  • Intercultural governance and justice

  • Social water management

  • Intercultural education

  • Andean College

  • Revista Andina

Awards & Recognition

France Volontaires
Partner
Travindy
Featured, 2016