A new adventure awaits you in UMASBAMBA, when you come to live the daily life of the communities that live in the areas near the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
By visiting and living a day like the locals from this area you will not only get acquainted with the local culture but you will also contribute to the progress of these communities.
In the district of Chinchero we will find the community of UMASBAMBA, here you will get acquainted with the local culture and learn some skills like local farming methods which have almost remained unchanged since Incas time, Cooking session with the locals, how to use natural dyes for the process of coloring textiles, and many other activities.
Day 1: Cusco – Umasbamba – Chinchero
We will pick you up in the morning (Ca. 7 am), after almost an hour ride with the car, we will arrive to Umasbamba where the villagers will receive you with flower necklaces one block from the community square where the colonial temple is also located, they will also take you dancing while playing their native Andean music with instruments of the area.
After the reception, all the members of the community introduce themselves explaining their daily duties and also showing their clothes and dressing visitors with their typical attires as well.
The first activity to be carried out will be agriculture, the activities will be explained and the delegation of duties as well (What duties women and men are responsible for) You will be introduced to the process of how they work the land using antique natural methods to fertilize the land with natural nutrients, they will also show you the clothing they wear during the activity and what foods to take to the place.
What is for Lunch????
Well…..you will be in charge for making lunch with the locals and this will be based on the products that are available for the season; it might be potatoes, quinoa, chuño, wheat, corn, beans etc. some of the typical dishes are moraya soup, quinoa chaufa and aromatic herb drinks.
After lunch, you will learn about the weaving process where the women of the place will show you how to carry out the shearing, washing and natural drinks of the wool. Then move on to the elaboration of the fabric, handling the different iconographies of its tradition.
After all this wonderful experience with the community, you have to bid farewell and it ends the same way as it started, lots of music dance and joy. This is a rewarding experience since you were able to live like the locals for one day.
We take the bus to Cusco and should be arriving to Cusco late in the afternoon.
- Round trip transportation to the community.
- ACTIVITY (CATTLE RAISING).
- ACTIVITY (textile).
- Lunch with the community as well as the activities mentioned in the program
- Drinks or snacks
- Personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the program.
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