Project, ruins, and acclimatisation
Phase one of your adventure will be based in a pretty little town called Calca (2950m), a hidden gem in the Sacred Valley nestled along the Urubamba River and protected by the sacred, and spectacular Mount Pitusiray.
Here you will be looked after by the gorgeous Kerri and her team, who run a dynamic NGO called the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) responsible for spearheading solutions for the high Andean communities to address their reliance on potato production, malnutrition, and climate change.
During the course of your time in Peru you will learn about their projects and of course, where possible, will be rolling up your sleeves to help, firstly at their organic demonstration farm called EcoHuella and then with their high-altitude reforestation project.
You will all be picked up from Cusco airport and driven to Calca and dropped off at the homestay for the full cultural experience. We work with 2 families who can take 6 guests at any one time. Everyone has their own room which are clean, comfy but basic.
Gleny and Edmundo
Gleny and Edmundo have been hosting since 2017. Gleny has a store (bodega) built into the house and sells fresh produce, honey, and cacao. She is so sweet and caring and will always make an herbal concoction for altitude sickness. Edmundo is a taxi driver and is the AASD's go-to taxi driver for any emergency. Gleny and Edmundo have one son named Edmundito that is 20 years old. He is sometimes around but is currently studying engineering at a university in Cusco. Gleny is an amazing cook.
Maritza and Lucho
Martiza and Lucho have been hosting clients with the AASD since 2012. Both are teachers around the Calca area. They have 2 sons that are young adults and one daughter that is 10 years old.
All meals will be a family gathering experience at the homestay. Utterly delicious food - fresh and so healthy.