Quechua Village Experience - living with the descendants of the Incas’ 3 Day

Machete Tours Cusco to Patacancha Itinerary provides a fascinating opportunity to live and work in a traditional Quechua Community in a remote valley surrounded by Andean Peaks. The culture in Patacancha is little changed and still far removed from modern technology focused society and you will gain a rare and privileged view of a very different way of life while in the village.

Although you only stay for a short time you will make a real contribution to the community – both directly through working and helping out in the village, a morning of teaching local children at the school and through your financial contribution to your homestay family. Choosing to stay with indigenous community such as this provides extra value and provides an additional incentive to maintain their culture, language and way of life which in many parts of Latin America and are dying out under pressure from westernised culture.

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Patacancha.

Today we rise early, being picked up at 5:00 am from
your hotel for a spectacular drive from Cusco across the
intervening highlands to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
On the far side of the Sacred Valley the peaks of the
Urubamba Mountain Range. It’s amongst these glacier
clad mountains that the village of Patacancha lies. We
descend into the Sacred Valley, stopping at the beautiful
and historic town of Ollantaytambo to buy supplies
before driving into the Patacancha valley. The valley becomes
ever more rugged and remote, so don’t be surprised
if you’re often sharing the road with farm animals.
We finally arrive at the small village of Patacancha,
around 4000m up in the Andes, where you’ll be introduced
to your ‘host’ family. Work is always optional, but
the idea is go out into the village and its surrounds and
help with whatever work the community and your family
need that day. This could range from harvesting the
fields, or learning the ropes herding the animals the rugged
country around the village (with a little guidance of
Returning home in the late afternoon you’ll have a traditional
dinner in the house with you host family before
settling down in snug room for your well earned rest.
(B, L, D)

Day 2: In Patacancha.

Today you up again at sunrise with you’ve family for an
energy filled breakfast before heading off with the family
for the day’s work. Many of the villages crops such as
potatoes are harvested communally and shared equally
throughout the families in the village – a co-operative system
that often breaks down in capitalistic societies. Food
is sometimes traded for other products at local markets
and you could be involved work in work as diverse as
weaving or making traditional ‘bricks’ for building projects.
After lunch you can choose to continue work or just relax
and have a walk around this peaceful traditional community.
Come the evening you head back to dinner with your
family. After dinner fall asleep to the sound of the wind
whistling over the mountain peaks. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Patacancha to Cusco.

Up again a dawn after breakfast those who are feeling
brave can really ‘connect’ with nature, slaughtering an
animal - perhaps a chicken or sheep for your lunch. You
last day in Patacancha is a little different. You will go to
the village school and teach the children. Here you largely
have a responsibility for the class and what subject you
want to teach is your decision. Given that not all the children
speak Spanish, bringing a few visual materials along
and thinking over what you might like to teach in advance
could be an advantage. At 12:00 the class finishes and
you head back to your house for a farewell dinner with
your family allowing you to take in your time in this traditional
Andean Community.
At around 13:30 our bus will come and collect you and
you will once again make the spectacular drive back to
Cusco. Arriving in the early late afternoon/early evening
you will be dropped off at your hotel where you can appreciate
a well deserved hot shower . (B, L). (B.)


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During your time in the village you will experience a way of life closely connected to nature, the environment and the seasons. In the morning you will wake to work with the community, herding animals in the fields, helping constructing traditional houses or perhaps harvesting crops – each day is different and you will go were assistance is needed in the village. At night you will return to your family to have dinner and experiencing welcoming Quechua family life. Nights here, high the mountains and far from light pollution can render the stars magically clear. This isn’t an experience for those who want to pampered – but you will leave with an insight into a totally different way of living and looking at the world.

As on all Our  tours, you´re taken care of from beginning to end – airport/dock transfers and domestic flights are included!

Depart any day and customize your Peru tour at no extra charge! We are family tour specialists.

  • Private airport pickup at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guide
  • Domestic flights – Lima-Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado-Cusco, Cuzco-Lima
  • Seven nights of 3 star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping (on the Inca Trail), two nights 3 star jungle lodge accommodation, one night family stay on Lake Titicaca
  • Four day Inca Trail excursion –  including bilingual guide, food, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat
  • Guided tour between Cusco and Puno, including buffet lunch
  • Private two-day Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Three day rainforest lodge excursion
  • Six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners while on Inca Trail, rainforest and Amantani Island excursions
  • Breakfast – included every morning with your hotel stay
  • The Cusco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cusco
  • Private Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, round trip train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Private Lima city tour
  • Private Cusco city tour
  • 24 hour customer support line while on tour

Travel Insurance is not included – a good policy covering all tour activities and possible health emergencies is
highly recommended and should be considered a priority.
International flights can be purchased independently or by consulting Machete Tours.
• Tipping is expected in Peru (although this is not essential).
• Airport Tax for international flights (currently $35).
• Meals not specified in the program
• Alcoholic beverages

  • Required documents

    All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

    Required immunizations

    Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. The rainforest area of Peru (approx. 3500 ft. and below, east of the Andes) is a malarial and yellow fever zone. The yellow fever vaccination is reccomended and travelers may wish to take malarial prophylaxis. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

    Things to bring

    One should come prepared for outdoor activity at temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. A recommended list of things to bring:Please note: We provide a sleeping bag, foam mat, and of course tent. While hiking the Inca Trail, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds of personal items which will also be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, a book, music, or other entertainment, etc. During the day we’ll be using a daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer or two for changing weather conditions. Most people also carry a camera.

    • Passport and, if necessary, visa
    • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
    • Airline ticket
    • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
    • Wearable pouch for documents and money
    • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
    • Smaller, comfortable day pack
    • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
    • Sandals or flip-flops
    • Rain poncho or jacket
    • Waterproof pants
    • Sun hat
    • Hat for cold weather
    • Warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
    • T-shirts
    • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
    • Swimsuit for hot springs
    • Camelback or Nalgene refillable bottle (optional)
    • Flashlight and/or head lamp
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Lip balm
    • Earplugs
    • Alarm clock or watch
    • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
    • Camera / Camera batteries
    • Binoculars
    • Reading material
    • Toiletries

    It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring all used batteries back home with you to recycle!


    For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 20 kilos (44 lbs) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.


    Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

    Cusco and the Sacred Valley: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Cusco.
    Lake Titicaca: similar to Cusco but colder.
    Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
    Amazon basin: hot and humid year-round. We recommend light clothing (in weight and in color) that fully cover arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

    Money guide

    The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older-looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it un-changeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$3-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30. Currency Converter

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