Adventure Life's guides and partners have identified the poorest families in villages surrounding the Sacred Valley. The elements can cause damage to homes over time, and many families do not have the extra means to make renovations to their homes. During this 4 day/3 night trip, participants, side-by-side with the family members, will work on cleaning, repairing, and restoring their homes. We stay in the community campground each night to immerse ourselves in the village life. The trip ends with traditional Inca ceremony and offering as a time to reflect over the previous days' experiences.
Transfer this morning to a local village such as Rumira, Pachar, Camicancha, or possibly Piri with a truck that has come from Cusco with all of the materials needed for our 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. In the afternoon, we will walk to the community-owned campground that is located on the river, and there will be some time to explore the area. With your guide, plan the activities for the next day and enjoy dinner at the campsite.
Day 2: Adobe Restoration
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike back 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.
Day 3: House Remodel. Community Celebration
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 with the local communities, and celebrate the accomplishment with a final dinner at the campsite.
Day 4: Return to Ollantaytambo or Cusco
Today the group can return to Ollantaytambo or Cusco, continue to Machu Picchu, or participate in an excursion in the Sacred Valley.
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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.
This service extension can be combined with any tour in the Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu region.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.