The Way of Wisdom Q´eros

Description

The peasant community of Japu, of the Q’ero Nation, is located in the province of Paucartambo in the Cusco region. A 6-hour drive south. It is recognized, together with 4 communities, as cultural heritage of the nation, for practicing until our days knowledge since the Inca period.

The q’eros, based their origins in mythological facts, where the relationship of respect and cooperation between men and the pachamama (mother earth) is expressed. They still have a different way of relating to their environment, where the spiritual has more importance.

It is the objective of our program, that the visitor can share unforgettable moments with the q’eros, creating spaces for the exchange of knowledge between the Q’ero and the visitors.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Cusco to the peasant community of Japu

We will leave in a van at 7:00 am in the city of Cusco, our trip will last approximately 5 hours. We will head south on a paved road to the village of Mallma, from where we will continue along a road that has been confirmed to the community.

On our way, we will appreciate the villages of Saylla and Tipon recognized as gastronomic destinations for the variety and quality of the dishes made with pork and guinea pig, then we will pass through Oropesa, the national capital of the Pan, we will make a short stop for provide us with the delicious “bread kicks” that we can share with our hosts. A two hour trip will reach the town of Ocongate, here we stop for a brief moment to buy coca leaves, important to start our communication with the Q’ero.

We still have 2 hours of travel, in this section we will feel the remoteness of the city and we will be entering in beautiful high Andean landscapes, we will appreciate lagoons, rivers, glaciers and grazing places of South American camelids like llamas and alpacas, and if we have lucky we can see vicuñas in the wild. At 5200 metres it is in Abra Huañunakasa, the highest point of our trip, here begins the territory of the Japu.

After 10 minutes of descending, we will be able to appreciate the first mountain houses, where the llamas and alpacas care for. Then we will arrive at the village Raqch’i, where we will find a number of families.

Upon arrival, we will have a reception for the host family, who will accommodate us in the rest places. At 12:30 a.m. we will have lunch prepared with organic inputs produced in the community, after lunch we will have a little rest.

In the afternoon, we will have a small meeting, where our hosts will indicate the activities that we will carry out in the next days. At night we can sit around a campfire to listen to the stories and the music.

On the second day

Wwe will hike in the direction of the Apu Mama Rosa, sacred mountain for the q’ero and the only glacier in the area. During our tour our hosts will talk about the cultural importance of livestock in the Japu community and the millenarian knowledge about the domestication of llamas and alpacas. We will be able to know about the medicinal plants that grow at this height, the importance of the breeding ponds for trout, the meaning of the mountain ranges and the high Andean wetlands. Upon returning, our hosts will perform the Andean ceremony to ask the pachamama (mother earth) and the apus (mountain spirits) the welfare of the villagers and visitors.

The third day

We have to descend to the areas of cultivation, here we can participate in the cultivation of native products such as potatoes, olluco, occa, año, among others. Our hosts will show us the stages of production of each food and the tools they use at work, we will also be able to know about the temporality of each product and how the seasons influence the production. In the afternoon we will have a meeting with the women who will give us an exhibition on the elaboration of the precious fabrics, unique in their symbols, techniques and finishes, at the end of the session we will be lucky enough to buy the blankets, ponchos, scarves, purses; if we so desire. To finish our day, if the weather is auspicious, we will observe the constellations, from the knowledge q’ero.

On the fourth day

After breakfast we will bid farewell to our hosts thanking you for your hospitality and returning to Cusco.

Included/ not Included

INCLUDED/NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Equipment for overnight stay
  • Interpreter and translator of the Quechua language.

Not included

  • Tips
  • Acquisition of tissues q’ero
  • Personal walking equipment: sticks, walking sticks, rain ponchos, etc.

Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Wear warm clothing, suncreen, a cup or hat, Waterproof layer.
  • Out of respect for our hosts, if we want to take pictures we ask permission.

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