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Agriculture and Gastronomy in the Highlands of the Sacred Valley

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  • 6-7 Hours
  • Group Size: 2 - 12
  • All year round

This is a special day to learn about Cusco and the Sacred Valley gastronomy, discovering the amazing variety of local agricultural resources and biodiversity, to later put into practice an interactive cooking experience with a local community.

We will leave Lamay towards the community of Huayllafara. The locals will take Us to visit their farms with traditional crops (like corn, potatoes, oca, anu, tarwi, quinoas, beans among others) and will teach us about their traditional farming techniques, while we taste their local produce. We will learn about the local culture and their daily activities, according to the time of year and the agricultural calendar. The tour and interpretation will be focused in the agricultural and food processing techniques, such as harvest of the corn, washing and uses of quinoa, elaboration of Chicha de Jora and other interesting Andean activities. After the farming experience, our hosts will share with Us their traditional recipes and techniques, and we will participate in the preparation of a seasonal and nutritive lunch, using the native products in the cooking process. We will be sharing and learning with our local friends. End of the activity and return to your hotel or to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation from and to Lamay
  • Cooking lessons, Local lunch
  • Community ticket

Price Excludes

  • Transportation from the hotel to Lamay and vice versa
  • Alcoholics drinks and tips

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Walk-out clothes (preferably synthetic clothing because dry fast)
  • Warm and light jacket, waterproof jacket,
  • Reusable water bottle or camelback
  • Hat and sunscreen

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

This experience is totally authentic. Where we try to revolutionise the format for visiting the peasant communities, where the protagonists are both the local residents and the visitors. It is an opportunity for real and genuine integration for exchange, information sharing and good energy on both sides.
Food is very important, we give priority using local supplies to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the local economy, healthy and nutritious foods, and we prepare them with a touch of quality that enhances the experience. we’re attentive to the details

We worry about the people and their surroundings. All our activities contribute a share to the communities that own the routes, and we work together with them for nature conservation and sustainable development


Your Host
11Franco Neri is one of the country's leading tourism specialists | Responsible Travel Peru

Franco Negri

My name is Franco Negri, I was born in Lima, I studied tourism and hotel management at San Martin de Porres University and I have been living in Cusco for 25 years. My motivation is to contribute to the conservation of nature and communities through responsible tourism and other activities coherent with the destination.
After so many years seeing how tourism has had a negative impact there is only one way to maintain our activity and that is to have an inclusive thinking and educate the traveler that the destination belongs to the people who inhabit it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Lamay?

For USD 25.00 per person, we´ll take care of picking you up and leave you in your lodging, be it in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. 

You can also come by public transport from Cusco or any point of the Sacred Valley. Keep in mind the distance and the trip will take to arrive on time at the start of the activity   

What if I have food restrictions?

No problem, tell us your conditions and we will make a menu tailored to you.

Can children go on this hike?

Yes, young children are welcome in this activity as it does not require much physical effort. Only a basic acclimatization and always under parents responsibility. Important: take  adequate clothing for eventually cold weather and rain.


Can I take photos and videos of the local people?

Yes, but out of respect, always ask before.