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The Peruvian Tea Experience

Not everything is about coffee
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  • 3 HoursStarts at 9 AM at the Tea House
  • Group Size: 1 - 8
  • April to November and book at least 72h in advance

This experience illustrates agrotourism by letting us take part in the process of tea production. 

Participating in this experience means that you will get the chance to visit a long-term tea plantation and learn about the leaf harvest activity and the history of this beverage.

During our workshop, you can actively engage in the processing of tea and additional products, that are part of our tea recipes. Afterwards, you will taste a unique type of tea, whose recipe has been passed on as a family tradition through four generations. The family is still dedicated to this work and generously involves 60 other families, that provide the locally cultivated raw ingredients. At the end of this experience, you will observe the transformation process of tea and learn all about its organoleptic characteristics.

This experience starts at 9 am in the Tea House Cusco (have a look at the map below to see the location) and ends at around 12 am. We think that combining the tea experience with our Coffee Route is the best way to add value to the Huayopata Valley excursion. Have a look at our 4 days, 3 nights suggestion called The Route of Goodies to Machu Picchu!

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Why is this experience RESPONSible?

This experience is offered by a small-scale, family-owned company with social responsibility: Its aim is to generate socio-economic growth for the 63 local tea-producing families. Many of them depend solely on their production as their primary source of income.

Moreover, the production process is mainly manual work, especially the harvest. No big machinery is involved, which means no emissions are generated.

Details

Price Includes

  • Tea tasting according to your preference
  • Visit to a nearby plantation

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

How do I get to the Tea House?

It easy, you just have to head North-west from Cuzco in direction to Quillabamba. The Tea House is located right next to the highway and any navigator will take you there. Consider at least 4 hours in your time budget, but we recommend some extra time for sightseeing stops, as well as toilet stops, buying snacks, etc.

Once there and when the time to visit the plantations comes, you will have to drive yourself one more time for about 10 minutes (round trip).

What is the highest point during this route?

In the way to the District of Huayopata, you will have to pass over the Abra Málaga (mountain pass) of 4300 m

Do the local families speak English?

No, they don’t. So far however, most of our travelers do not opt for an optional translator, since apart from the additional cost that might change the experience. Alcira is very used to having guests that don’t speak Spanish and her Spanish is easy to understand for those who speak other Latin languages. 

Of course, learning Spanish beforehand is always a good idea! Use an app like Duolingo to learn the basics before leaving and enhance your experience whilst traveling. 

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

No, there are no additional costs related to the experience

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

It will depend on the day, as Alcira receives up to 8 people daily. But most chances are that you/your group will be the only one(s) during that day. The alternative scenario is that you might have to share the experience with few others, but this is not limiting in any way.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

The temperatures are normally warm, but the weather can change at any moment as it is influenced by the lower jungle and the high mountains. The experience is not available during rainy season.

What kind of teas are produced?

Production includes black, green and white tea. Red tea, matcha and Oolong are not produced

Are the products organic certified?

The products are organic but they do not count with certification yet 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Your Host

Alcira Cuba

I am the third generation of a family dedicated to the production of tea, winner of the national award Entrepreneur Woman of the Cusco Region 2017, and part of several networks of entrepreneurs.

I like the countryside and all that it produces. I have been receiving tourists from all over the world for 13 years now and I am very happy to share my knowledge with everyone.

In 2019, I started working with RESPONS because I have always valued companies that share the same philosophy of life and of contribution to native communities, that value the work of farm-families and that besides offering quality in their services also have a social commitment.

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