This was a highlight of our trip to Peru.
We were able to see a part of Peru we'd never seen- despite having traveled to Peru many times over the years.
We did not have arrangements ahead of time. I called them as soon as we arrived to Cusco and they were kind enough to accommodate us. They even let us go up on a holiday.
We had to obtain our own transportation & driver (easy to do at any major town square). We met someone in Pisaq and he took us up into the mountain at least 45 minutes in. We arrived to a highland village where we were shown how they cultivate and preserve several different varieties of potatoes. A woman who harvest local herbs also showed us the use of her different plants. She also had teas, soaps, and creams for sale. Then we were given a morning snack of potatoes, aji (pepper sauce), cheese and tea. It was a fantastic snack and my toddler said Papa there for the first time.
Then we were driven to another area - the drive was beautiful. On the way there we saw a woman cultivating olluca- another peruvian tuber. We stopped chatted and my five year old helped her harvest. The woman was 94 years old! Then we were taken to another woman who showed us how she uses natural dyes with the yarns and how she weaves. We also were able to purchase woven products.
We drove around some more exploring the region until it was lunch time. At lunch time were supposed to be taken to a restaurant that was created for this tourism industry. The person who cared for the place had the key and was away- again we went on a holiday. The cook was ready for us, having cooked at a local home. They set up an impromptu table at a local home that served as the town bodega. The meal was wonderful and my small children ate it all enthusiastically.
It was a great day and I highly recommend this trip. I think they do not get lots of visitors but they could use it. As the money received from this is divided among several communities and serves to help the community as a whole. The website and the trip can use some improvements- but it is authentic and it is created by communities helping itself.
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