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Parque de la Papa

Day Trips in Cusco, Peru

Immerse yourself in the roots of the Andes at this 6,000 hectare community-run eco and cultural park. You will be able to get to know the local Quechua people, experience their daily lives, and learn about the incredible variety of potatos they grow on their sustainable farms. You can also enjoy the beautiful nature of their lands alongside a local guide as you hike one of the many trails or arrange a delicious home-cooked lunch. Coming to Parque de la Papa is an opportunity to get unique insight into the culture of Quechua communities see how they have worked together to share their way of life with visitors.

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Experience

Cultural Activities, Farm Visit, Trekking, Community Visit, Eco-tourism and Getting to Know Locals

Style

Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature, Off the Beaten Path and Foodie Fun

Price

$55-96 /person
Approximate price, varies by option chosen. Travelers can visit for a 1/2 day or stay overnight in homestay.

Location

Rural Communities

Connect with Parque de la Papa

Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Parque de la Papa

Background

Community Association | Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

All projects at Parque de la Papa are administrated collectively by five Quechua communities: Sacaca, Chawaytire, Pampallaqta, Paru Paru and Amaru. Their lands are a center of potato origin and diversity, currently one of the four most important crops on earth, which has been produced and preserved throughout the centuries by the Andean people. The native potato, with its hundreds of varieties, as well as the knowledge and ancient technology related to the cultivation and management of their agricultural landscape are great cultural treasures and the Park is a way to protect them.

Community Connection

By visiting Parque de las Papas you directly support the five Quechua communities that work and live within the park, helping them to create sustainable livelihoods and carry on their cultural traditions. They also apply Andean principles of duality, reciprocity and balance. In order to protect the Quechua communities rights and their role as a center of potato origins and diversity, the Park's communities promote environmentally sustainable agriculture.

Environmental Engagement

Uniting under the Association of Communities of Potato Park has allowed the Quechua communities to recover many varieties of their beloved potatoes. Together, they are committed to sustainably managing 9,000 hectares (more than 22,000 acres) of land with beautiful landscapes and venerated lakes.

Culture

The communities are proud to share their work and their love for Pachamama, mother earth with guests. Visiting the Park supports their efforts to carry on their traditional way of life and gives travelers an opportunity to connect with and learn from the villagers directly.

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