Meet your guide in Ollantaytambo and discuss the supplies needed for the native tree planting project, and interested individuals can go with the guide to purchase the necessary items. Transfer to a local community near the Sacred Valley, your home for the next four nights and meet a representative of the community who will take you to the project site where you will help plant new, native Queuna, Tara, Aliso, and Huaranguay trees, water existing trees, and providing other maintenance at the project facility. Travelers, alongside community members and the guide, will improve the irrigation system, construct fencing for the site and the water storage pool, and develop a windmill water pump. You will learn about the history of the project, its sustainability due to the inclusion of the local youth association, and get your hands dirty. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant that is located near the project site.
In the afternoon, we will walk to the community-owned, campground where you have time to explore the area. With your guide, plan the activities for the next day and enjoy dinner at the campsite.
After an early breakfast, hike to the local school. With your guides and teachers, the group will do a needs assessment analysis of school supplies lacking in the classrooms and determine the amount of ingredients needed for our healthy school breakfast program. Breakfast is normally the first meal of the day, but it is vital for students at the school as many of them have to walk for over an hour to get to school. This is often after they have had to help their parents feed the animals and look after their younger siblings.
From the school, meet the truck that is coming from Cusco that is bringing the supplies for the house restoration project. After meeting the family you will work with over the next three days, we will proceed to carry all materials to the house that we will restore. This day we will start with the cleaning of the house and kitchen. Old items that will not be reused will be removed and furniture that is re-usable will be taken to an area to be safely stored.
After the group's lunch, three participants along with one of the guides will travel to Ollantaytambo with the list of needed school supplies and ingredients for the healthy school breakfast. At the market, purchase ingredients for a well-balanced breakfast: Fruits, oatmeal, sugar, milk, cheese, bread, and eggs. The estimated cost is $50 total for the whole breakfast and is purchased locally by the participants. The school supplies will also be purchased at this time, and the small group will return to the community to have dinner with everyone.
Walk to the local school where you are met by the staff and begin preparing breakfast. The teachers will gather the appreciative students, and together you will serve the students. Take some time and relish in the smiles, laughter, and youthful energy! Distribute the school supplies to the classrooms and students as well.
After lunch, return to the house and work with the family to repair the walls, doors and windows of the house and kitchen. You will learn to work with adobe to strengthen and patch the walls. The roof will also be replaced to protect the house and kitchen from the Andean elements.
After breakfast, return to the work site and check to make sure yesterday's restored adobe has dried and settled well before proceeding to the next step. New electrical wiring will be added in the house, and new beds will be assembled and put into place in the house along with other pieces of furniture. After a final review and site clean-up, present their restored home to all family members.
As you have worked hard over the last three days alongside the family and helped the community, share in a traditional ceremony and offering to Pachama (Mother Earth). This is a time to reflect on your overall experiences in Peru and particularly your time in the local community, and celebrate the accomplishment with a final dinner at the campsite.
Today the group can return to Ollantaytambo or Cusco, continue to Machu Picchu, or participate in an excursion in the Sacred Valley.
Rate based on four or more travelers
This service extension can be combined with any tour in the Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu region.
This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants.
Additional US$500 per home fee for supplies required for restoration project. Paid in advance one month prior to trip. Other donations ($330/group and $45/person) paid locally.