Challaca Proyecto Autonomo is a community-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Challaca community by providing residents with health, self-management, and sustainability training.
Tour revenue will be invested in family gardens, food programs, and education.
Any day by appointment from April to November.
3 days, 2 nights
Adults, Families, Professionals
1 to 20
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Light shirt, Mosquito repellent, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Warm clothes
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the industrial world and venture into the bucolic, agricultural haven of San José de Challaca. Located four hours from Ica, San José de Challaca is a small and simple community where you will be embraced into daily life and traditions.
Upon arrival, you will be introduced to one of the local families who will provide you with a weekend of sincere hospitality. Enjoy a nice lunch, then take a tour of the wonderful garden constructed by local farmers. In the evening, you will have the chance to talk to the rest of the members of the community and hear about the innovative town projects being set into motion. End day one with dinner, and prepare for a big day ahead.
Embrace a full day of fieldwork with the townspeople. Start your day by learning how to milk a cow. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, prepared only with fresh products from the same orchard of the community. After breakfast, tour the village's agricultural fields. Learn and participate in the cheese and yogurt preparation, getting a taste of truly fresh dairy! You have the option to continue with field activities, too, preparing the soil to plant the seeds of varied and colorful typical flowers of the region. Eat a well-deserved lunch, and then rest and relax in the garden in a hammock. Experience the old-school way of life by riding horses with us through the small community. Tour the village, church, and nearby river by horseback. Finish off your great day with dinner and a special night of bonfires, drinks, stories, traditional dances and music from Huancavelica. There is a guitar for any musically inclined guests to play!
After breakfast in the lodging house, learn to make the local “pachamanca” dish. This dish is typical to the Andes and truly a culinary tradition. While the cooking stones are heating, you can help ladies prepare the dish, picking fruits in the garden or walking to the river to take a dip in its refreshingly cold waters. After lunch, the community will offer its warm farewell before you head back to Ica.
To promote community spirit, solidarity, mutual respect, and cooperation among neighbors and their representative groups to achieve sustainable social and economic human development.
Training for women and youth on sustainable and local agricultural methods
Creating community-based green areas and gardens
Agricultural tourism project