The tranquil countryside community of Misminay is found approximately 33 miles out from the bustling city of Cusco. By road, the journey takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes, allowing you to escape the city and ascend to an impressive altitude of 12,140 feet above sea level.
As you venture towards Misminay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the neighboring district of Maras, known for its stunning unique and natural Andean landscapes, as well as the privilege of being home to Cusco’s most expansive starlit skies.
Misminay stands as a refuge for ancestral traditions, where families maintain their profound connection with nature, preserving a way of life that has been cherished for generations.
Workshop Goals: 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: agriculture, textile craftsmanship, a scenic hike to the Moray viewpoint, and the art of adobe fabrication.
In this session, we will be able to appreciate and take part in, according to the time and agricultural calendar of the community, various agricultural activities via ancestral techniques and traditional Andean tools such as the lampa, chaquitaclla, yunta, and the oxen. Additionally, not only will they will explain the different types of crops they cultivate, but we will go on to taste some of them as well.
In this session, we will be able to live the ancestral process of making Andean textiles, made of sheep wool that has been dyed with plants, minerals, and other natural ingredients, through a practice called “away,” using homemade tools such as small wooden boards and animal bones. Not only will we have the opportunity to learn about the traditional techniques used in the preparation of their materials, but also about the extraction of wool and the use of natural dyes. This activity is carried out by women.
Hike to Moray Viewpoint
We will venture up to the highest part of the community, from which you will be able to see the entire archaeological complex of Maras as well as a privileged view of beautiful landscapes of snow-capped mountains and the main Apus.
- Tourism transportation.
- Official tourist guide.
- Local guide of the Misminay community.
- Food (prepared by the community).
- Participation in the workshops on Andean fabrics, agricultural workshop, and walk to the Moray viewpoint.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Tickets to tourist places.
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
- Sunglasses and plastic bag.
- Water Canteen or Bottle of mineral water.
- Medicines and other personal hygiene items.
- Carry coins in small denominations Soles or Dollars.
- Obtain and send us your travel insurance prior to your arrival in Peru.
- Code: IPT-TVMMO01
- Departures: Every Day
- Duration: Half day (08:30 hrs. to 15:00 hrs.)
- Period: All year long
- Type: Traditional