Peru's extraordinary geographical range makes it a unique destination for agro-tourism. From coastal deserts to the permanent snows of its great peaks and the teeming life of the Amazon lowland forest, Peru boasts 84 of the world’s 104 life zones, making it one of the world's biological diversity “hot spots”. In the Andes, where almost every valley presents a distinct micro-climate, there exist more than 4000 types of potato, while in the Sacred Valley of the Incas alone there are at least 70 varieties of corn. Other crops also typical of the Andean region include protein rich cereals and grains such as kiwicha, quinua and tarwi.
On our website you will find examples of our agrotourism programs, including stays in the colonial town of Paucartambo. Since the agrarian reforms of the 1960s which ended the neo-feudal hacienda system in Peru, the farmland around Paucartambo has been owned by those who work the land. Each family owns a smallholding, where they grow a number of crops, including potatoes, beans and corn.
Our vision for agro-tourism in Paucartambo involves the participation of visitors from the developed world in the lives of these traditional agriculturalists. While visitors stay at our company’s house in the town itself and at a charming cottage in the countryside, they are essentially the guests of the families they work with. Each day will is spent participating in the daily lives of local people: working the land, sharing in household chores and gradually developing a relationship with both the family and the land itself.
Paucartambo, the small village where the agrotour portion of the trip takes place, is three hours drive from Cusco, Peru - consult the website for further details: www.andeantravelperu.com/m_agro_tourism.php