Challaca Proyecto Autonomo: Peru Discovery Tour: Daily Life in an Agricultural Community

Peru Discovery Tour: Daily Life in an Agricultural Community

Huancavelica, Peru

Challaca Proyecto Autonomo

Community-based cooperative

3 days, 2 nights
From$147 USDPer person

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 Highlights

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of a natural paradise, and help local cultivators grow a better future.
  • Become an artisan for a day and make your own cheese or yogurt with local food producers.
  • Share in the traditional values of the community by participating in the day-to-day lives of the farmers.

Tour revenue will be invested in family gardens, food programs, and education.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment from April to November.

  • Start Time

    10:30 am

  • Duration

    3 days, 2 nights

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages


  • Tour Participants

    1 to 20

  • Difficulty

    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

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

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.

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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!

Day 3:
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.

More About Challaca Proyecto Autonomo


To promote community spirit, solidarity, mutual respect, and cooperation among neighbors and their representative groups to achieve sustainable social and economic human development.

Main Programs

  • Reforestation project

  • Training for women and youth on sustainable and local agricultural methods

  • Creating community-based green areas and gardens

  • Agricultural tourism project

  • Volunteer program