Parque de la Papa
This social enterprise offers day treks and cooking workshops, all with an eye toward promoting potato diversity and communal farming—and bringing needed tourism dollars into rural communities. An unexpected highlight, you might be surprised how much you enjoy learning about life in a rural agricultural Andean community, all through the lens of the humble potato.
Parque de la Papa operates in , and part of what you’ll learn about is the organization’s seed conservation program, which conserves indigenous potatoes at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The setting is stunning, and The Potato Park has rich biodiversity in the flora and fauna, as well as stunning mountain views.
Beyond the potato, a tour here also brings together other aspects of traditional life, where you can about traditional planting or harvesting processes, as well as indigenous weaving practices.
Even more, a micro-enterprise here, which is owned by a group of 12 women, makes medicinal teas by hand and sells the teas at the Parwa Community Restaurant—another Peruvian social enterprise worth visiting!
How to Get to Parque de la Papa (Potato Park Cusco)
The website is currently underdevelopment, and for now booking a tour is the best way to visit and guarantee it’s open and ready for you. If you want to go independently, the Potato Park is located three kilometers from the archaeological site of Pisac, which is just 40 km from Cusco. By taxi, it would take about 1.5 hours from Cusco.
Call ahead to be sure.
Pisac, Cusco, Peru (Must ask locally for directions before leaving Cusco)