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Experiential Tourism in The Community of Chichubamba

Duration Full day
Difficulty Easy
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Chichubamba is a community found at 8,815 feet above sea level in the heart of the Sacred Valley that is home to around 180 families. The community is dedicated to activities such as agriculture and livestock, but also the raising of guinea pigs, ceramics production, and many other traditional activities that they like to share with visitors. In Chichubamba you will experience up close what rural families do on a daily basis all while surrounded by a beautiful green countryside.

Objective of the workshops: To showcase the rich cultural heritage passed down through the ages that has been ardently preserved by the community, and to provide insight into their traditional crafts and daily life through immersive experiences in each workshop session.

Duration: The duration of these workshops typically ranges from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the level of interest and participation from our visitors. As you move through different locations within the community, you’ll engage in a variety of activities, including: the breeding of guinea pigs, agriculture, beekeeping, production of Chicha de Jora, chocolate and coffee making, and ceramics. Then you can enjoy a delicious Andean lunch surrounded by nature.

Itinerary

CERAMIC WORKSHOP

Before proceeding to the demonstration, we will begin with a warm and welcoming greeting by the members of the community. Then we will be led to the clay kneading and molding area where you can observe the preparation of the clay paste that will serve as the basis for the crafting of various ceramics and utilities. During the next part of the demonstration participants will be invited for a hands-on experience of molding the clay on the lathe and placing it in the oven for the burning phase.

In the final phase, you will be able to paint your pottery yourself using the unique and exotic designs taught to you, and you will be more than welcome to bring that piece of art made with your own hands home as a souvenir.

GUINEA PIG WORKSHOP

In this workshop we will be taught about the breeding of the guinea pig via a brief explanation about the origin of the guinea pig and their particular significance for the community.

Then we will be shown the different breeds of guinea pigs of the community to discover their particular characteristics, breeding techniques, mating time ,and how they are selected by age and sex. Finally, villagers will demonstrate how they prepare food for the guinea pigs and how they go about feeding them (a great opportunity for picture taking!).

CHICHA WORKSHOP

In this workshop, we can learn about the production of chicha. In Inca times, it was used as a sacred drink with which they thanked the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and up to this very day it is consumed by Peruvians in traditional “chicherías”. We will be shown how this drink is produces and how long it takes to go through the whole process via the grinding of the corn, the cooking of the huiñapo, and the adition of various typical herbs. Finally, guests can participate in the filtering of the chica in strainers made of straw before being able get a delicious taste of this traditional beverage.

BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

In this super sweet workshop, you will have the opportunity to show off your bravery getting close and personal with Andean bees. Of course, the bees will be gently smoked so that you can safely get closer to them in their boxes in which the honeycombs are stored. After a brief explanation about how the bees are bred and their history, participants will be shown how to carefully and effectively extract golden honey from the combs. Once you have extracted your tasty honey, it will be all yours to eat!

AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP

In this workshop we will be able to learn about the process of growing and keeping natural, ancestral and medicinal plants, followed by a brief explanation of climatic behaviors in relation to the seasons and how different crops like potatoes and vegetables are cultivated according to season.

We will also be show different tools that are used in every-day farm work such as the chaquitaqllas, which are used in plowing. Participants will then get the opportunity to actually take part in either plowing the land, planting, weeding or harvesting depending on the season, and each person will be able to collect medicinal plants in a basket for consumption; you will be able to taste the intense flavors and feel the unique healing properties of each one.

COFFEE WORKSHOP

In this workshop, we will be given a hands-on demonstration of coffee in its different varieties, with participants helping not only in the roasting process while learning different roasting techniques, but also in the grinding process (which can vary depending on the type of bean used).

Finally, after being grounded and filtered by water through porous paper, the coffee is sweetened with panela or chancaca straight from Quillabamba and all guests will be invited to taste it.

COCOA AND CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP

In this final workshop, we will learn where the Cacao seed comes from and how homemade chocolate is made with select Cacao beans. You wil be shown how it is roasted, grinded and kneaded during its transformation into pure-paste-chocolate and its various variants. After being taught about chocolate molding, each participant will be able to make their very own chocolate mold and will be able to enjoy a delicious cup of real Andean chocolate.

Included

INCLUDED:

  • Tourism transport.
  • Official tour guide.
  • Local interpreter.
  • Lunch prepared by the community.
  • Three activities (Chicha, guinea pig and ceramics worshop).
  • Biosecurity protocols.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Activities not mentioned above.
  • Drinks and extra expenses.

Recommendations

WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • Passport or Identity Document.
  • Video and/or photographic camera.
  • Light clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • A personal backpack.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Hat.
  • Binoculars.
  • Sunglasses and plastic bag.
  • Water canteen or bottle of mineral water.
  • Medicines and personal things.
  • Carry coins in small denominations Soles or Dollars

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