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The Huilloc Community Tourism 2D excursion is a great opportunity for those interested in spending a bit of quality time learning about the traditional Andean lifestyle! Huilloc is a lovely, bustling Andean community located about 30 minutes away from Ollantaytambo, where community members still wear traditional dress.
This community tourism initiative is organized and run by the Huilloc community members themselves, as a way to improve the local economy while staying true to their cultural heritage and sharing their culture with visitors.
The Huilloc community tourism project includes a variety of cultural activities that visitors can engage in.
Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:
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Style: Rustic. High altitude; basic conditions.
Altitude: 3941m (11,453 ft)
This two-day community tourism excursion includes a tour of the Huilloc community, including their fish farm, and two activities. Choose from a weaving demo, or short community hike, agricultural activities (such as planting or harvesting potatoes, depending on the season), or alpaca herding! You’ll spend the night with a host family and also share meals with them. The homestay rooms in Huilloc are basic but clean and comfortable, and some even include running water and a flush toilet!
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Your community tourism visit begins when we will pick you up at your Cusco hotel and head out of the city around 8am. We travel first to the picturesque “living Inca village” of Ollantaytambo where we can stop for a brief rest to stretch our legs, pick up snacks and any last-minute supplies or grab a coffee.
From here, we continue on, up the mountain behind Ollantaytambo, about half an hour by car until we reach the village of Huilloc where we will meet our homestay family. You will be shown to your room where you can leave your things before joining your host family for a tour of the village. The pride of Huilloc is their fish farm and its accompanying restaurant, so this is sure to be a stop!
After the tour, we will return to your homestay home for a home-cooked meal. In the afternoon you will have a chance to partake in the first of your two chosen activities, whether that be a weaving demo, helping out in the fields or taking a short hike.
It’s always an early night in the communities, so after another shared meal with your host family, we’ll tuck in for a good night’s rest.
This morning, we’ll likely have breakfast around 7 am. Then you’ll have time for a second activity of your choice before we start the journey back down to Ollantaytambo.
In the late morning, we can have a guided tour of the Ollantaytambo ruins, or spend time simply wandering the cobblestone streets of this lovely town.
After lunch at a restaurant, we will head back to Cusco. If it’s any day between Wednesday and Sunday, we can stop at the local craft brewery, Cervecería del Valle, for a great afternoon beer in nearby Pachar before continuing on to Cusco.
We will arrive in Cusco in the early evening.