The Amaru Community is a unique and small Andean village, whose villagers welcome visitors with native music and beautiful native flowers decoration at the entrance of their houses. Besides a symbolic offering to Mother Earth or Pachamama, as a gratitude for daily life, food abundance, harmony, peace and the opportunity of meeting brothers from different cultures they are great masters in the art of weaving under a unique and authentic tradition from their ancestors.

Altitude: 3,521 m. – 11,619ft.
Location: Amaru Community, Pisaq District, Calca Province, Cusco Region
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Trip style: Cultural Immersion
Physical demand rating: No experience needed.
When to visit: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Paru Paru Community Village
Day 2: Amaru Community Village & Return to Cusco

Highlights

  • Cultural immersion Activities (Potato farming/harvesting activity and weaving textile demonstration)
  • Authentic cultural interaction with local people, their culture, beliefs and traditions
  • Unique Andean culinary tradition
  • Tour an outstanding Inka Sites
  • Abundant Andean flora and fauna
  • Walk around very picturesque lake

 What is included

  • Transfer in/out of Amaru Community Village
  • Typical Andean meals (1 breakfast-2 Lunches-1dinner)
  • Local family homestay (1 night)
  • Cultural immersion Activities (Potato farming/harvesting activity and weaving textile demonstration)
  • Private tour guide

Not included

  • Extra drinks during trip
  • Tips for all support personal
  • Unspecified meals

Day 1: Cusco – Paru Paru Community Village

Morning arrival to Paru Paru community village, where you will be welcome as brothers and sisters. After such a worm welcoming participate of a traditional potato planting/harvesting, depending of the season, dressed up in the local outfits and using tools as the ancient Inkas did use enjoying the view of a beautiful Andean lake and the local people pasturing their sheep, llamas and alpacas. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with local ingredients by local ladies. After tasty lunch take a one hour and half down walk to the community village of Amaru, where will settle into a local family´s house. Dinner at the house of your host family house.

Overnight in Amaru Community family house (3,521m. – 11,619 ft.)

Day 2: Amaru community village & Return to Cusco

After breakfast, you will be invited to accompany the villagers to collect plants and flowers, which are used as natural dying ingredients for coloring their alpaca and sheep yarns and then use them in their textiles. Be honor to participate and learn about this ancient tradition that had passed from generation to generation among these local families. Afterwards take a three hours soft hike to the incredible Pisaq Inka site to enjoy and learn about the history of this spectacular site. Before arrive in the Inka site have a farewell lunch at a local family´s house with a fantastic view.

Then return to Cusco.

Included

  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Pisaq
  • Meals per person: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Private guide
  • Transportation in/out of Amaru Community Village
  • Homestay in the community Village
  • Cultural immersion Activities (Potato farming/harvesting activity and weaving textile demonstration)

Not Included

  • Extra drinks during trip
  • Tips for all support personal
  • Unspecified meals

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential for the daily activities.

Checklist:

  • Local currency (Soles-PEM) or USD cash for any purchase.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Waterproof gear (rainy season), worm jacket and hat, gloves, sun hat.
  • Sun block, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, lipstick.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Prescription drugs you may be taking.