This blog comes with huge appreciation to Kathy Steinbruegge and her sons Robert and James for their positive feedback and photographs of their experience. BIG thanks!!
Introducing our one day hike to the Chichumbamba agro-cultural tourism Project! http://www.apus-peru.com/treks/chichubamba_community_tourism.html
Located in the Heart of the Sacred Valley, Chichubamba, is on the outskirts of Urubamba, about 20 minutes of Ollantaytambo and 30 minutes from Pisac. The community is dedicated to agriculture, horticulture, and a multitude of activities that are only found here.
Chichubamba agro-cultrural tourism project provides workshops to visitors to see first-hand how this diverse and welcoming group live in the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
By participating in this project you are helping families improve their quality of life, preserve nature, create personal self esteem and respect local culture. This is a highly recommended project for the sensitive traveller, who would like to visit local homes in an organised way.
Managed and run by the families of Chichubamba and the local NGO ProPeru, the Agro-cultural Tourism Project strives to preserve the traditional way of life of rural Andean families, while also generating funding to improve the standard of living, healthcare, and education in the community. All proceeds are directly reinvested back into the town of Chichubamba, thus your money directly benefits the families involved.
There are a myriad of workshops to choose from; bee keeping to chicha preparation, from guinea pig raising to chocolate making. Each workshop is presented by expert community members.
Kathy said, “I am sharing some photos from our wonderful visit to Chichumbamba. We hope that more tourists will take time to visit this special community of people in Peru. We loved our experience.. and would love for more people to enjoy the experience of meeting such wonderful people who were willing to open their homes to us and share their crafts and traditions. Lunch hosted by the family was delightful.”
For a little more info click on: http://www.grassrootsjourneys.com/explore/south-america/peru/community-of-chichubamba/