Andean Lodges

Lodging and Multi-Day Tours in Cusco, Peru

Experience the amazing nature and culture of Peru's Southern Andes through lodge-to-lodge trekking and mountain biking adventures. Andean Lodges is co-owned and operated in partnership with the mountain shepherding communities of Chillca and Osefina. They offer exclusive routes, rustic lodging, and local cuisine that will give you an authentic look at life in the Andes and a chance to see amazing natural wonders like Vinicunca (the 'Rainbow Mountain) and Ausangate.

Right for You?

Experience

Community Lodge, Hiking, Trekking and Mountain Biking

Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path

Price

$920-1750 /person
Approximate price for 2 travelers to go on a 3 day / 2 night trek. Options to join an existing group or book a private experience.

Location

Mountains and Rural Communities

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Local/Foreign Owned Tour Operator
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Andean Lodges

Background

Tour Operator started in 2006| Local/Foreign Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

During the industrialization of products and transport methods in the highlands of Peru, the small towns and villages were feeling the consequences. An extreme increase in poverty caused the migration of locals to cities, where they started to work in construction or other illegal and unsafe jobs. Many of them migrated to the jungle, to work in illegal mining; one of the most dangerous and poisoning activities in Peru.
So, Andean Lodges decided to return to tradition and put llamas back to work, creating a 5-day and 4-night product, in which travellers will rest each night at a different lodge, looking at different sides of the Mountain. Therefore, they use these communities' llamas for the transportation of luggage, generating an authentic experience for travellers, but also taking care of the environment
After a partnership between a group of entrepreneurs in tourism and the altitude shepherding communities of Chillca and Osefin, Andean Lodges was created.

Community Connection

The lodges are operated by local housekeepers, and maintained by local guardians. They also took advantage of the young shepherds´ knowledge about weather and environment, to train them in mountain climbing, guiding and rescue. The cooks and housekeepers are trained with a tourism institute, and every year, they go, through internship and training. This training allows our people, not only to work at the lodges, but also, in other tourism companies, during the low season, or if they decide to change work, they still can work for other operators.
Additionally, they have included the communities´ ladies, as well, by creating the Association of Traditional Weavers from Chillca and Osefina. Through this, they help recover their traditional textile production techniques, which actually are like Handmade Haute Couture. This way, the ladies have the opportunity of showing these traditional weaving processes, as well as having the chance to directly sell their products at a fair trade market price.

Environmental Engagement

Andean Lodges trekking routes run across 9,000 ha. belonging to the communities of Chillca and Osefina which protect it, with much respect and loving care. There, one finds a variety of high-Andean ecosystems that shelter fauna, in its natural state, composed of vicuñas, condors, foxes and a wide variety of endemic and migratory bird species, living around on mountain lakes and rivers. Thanks to to their hiker’s contributions, these species are safe, and can be sighted, along the route.

Andean Lodges work in conjunction with Nature Services Peru SA. This company controls the 'Regenera project' which supports Andean Lodges in the offset of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions through the sustainable management of ecosystems in Peru. Through their alliance with rural communities in the Peruvian Amazon, they implement strategies for sustainable use of the forest and restoration of ecosystems generating carbon offset and zero loss of biodiversity.

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