The village of Raqchi is located in the foothills of the sacred volcano “Apu Kimsachata,” a tutelary protector of the village. Raqchi, which is the Inka word for pottery, has been home to the well renowned potters in southern Perú since pre-Inka times.

Thanks to thousand-years-old techniques used in the manufacturing of ceramics, today Raqchi is recognized for its art, beauty and style. This town is also home to the historical Raqchi archaeological site built by the Inkas in honor of their powerful God, Wiracocha.

Enjoy breathtaking Andean landscapes and spectacular viewpoints, in which these magnificent Andean artists find the inspiration to represent the Andean world with vivid and magnificent clarity.

Altitude: 3,480 m. – 11,484 ft.
Location: Raqchi Community, San Pedro District, Canchis Province, Cusco Region
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Trip style: Cultural Immersion
Physical demand rating: No experience needed.
When to visit: Year-round

Day by Day

  • Day 1: Cusco/Puno – Raqchi Community
  • Day 2: All day at the Raqchi Community and return to Cusco

Highlights

  • Participate in a demonstration of ancient Andean ceramic manufacturing
  • Enjoy cultural interaction with local people, their culture, beliefs, and traditions
  • Discover a unique culinary tradition of Peru
  • Tour an outstanding Inka Site
  • Unique flora and fauna

What is included

  • Transfer in/out of Raqchi Village
  • Typical Andean meals (1 breakfast-2 Lunches-1dinner)
  • Local family homestay (1 night)
  • Traditional ceramic demonstration activity
  • Private English/Spanish speaking tour guide

Not included

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

 

Day 1: Cusco/Puno – Raqchi Community

Morning arrival at Raqchi Community where you will settle into a local family’s house. In this community take the opportunity to admire one of the most authentic and ancestral Andean techniques of ceramic manufacture. You will try your hand at ceramics and speak with the Raqchi people about their culture and customs.

In the afternoon visit the Inka site of Raqchi where you will find a temple honoring Wiracocha, the God creator of the Inkas, whose power would have appeared during the eruption of the volcano Khimsashata. Here you will also find enormous Qolqas, ceremonial water springs, priest’s quarter and urban design layout.

Optional: After a guided tour, visit the Tucallana viewpoint, from where you will be able to admire the beauty of the Andean sunset.

After dinner, watch and participate in a traditional music and dance show performed in a local family’s home.

Overnight at local family house in Raqchi Community (3,480 m. – 11,484 ft.)

Day 2: All day at Raqchi Community and return to Cusco/Puno

After breakfast, you will visit the volcano “Apu Khimsashata” (3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.). During the ascent, you will experience breathtaking views and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Once you have reached the volcanic sand quarry summit take some time to enjoy the amazing 360°Andean landscape. After a well-deserved

After a well-deserved rest, an Andean priest will make an offering to the Apus (sacred mountains) and mother earth (pacha mama) for harmony, peace, health and life. After this unique experience, you’ll descent to a local family’s crop field for participating in planting/harvesting in a traditional way as local people do.

Afterward enjoy a farewell lunch at a local family’s house and return to Cusco or Puno.

Included

  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Raqchi
  • Meals per person: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Private English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Transportation in/out of Raqchi Village
  • Homestay in the community Village
  • Cultural immersion activities (Handmade pottery and farming activity)

Not Included

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

Most people automatically assume 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.