Bio Coffee Route and Kuelap

Discover our coffee history

DAY 1: HUANCAS.  MEETING WITH NATURE AND CRAFTS

A visit to the town of Huancas which is located ten kilometres north of the city of Chachapoyas, approximately 15 minutes away and at a height of 2560 metres above sea level.

The day begins with free time to acclimatize. With the recommendations of our guide, you can visit the town on your own, for example, going to the market to enjoy the colours and smells of fruit and fresh spices; strolling around the Cerro Colorado to see a panoramic view of the city or just taking a walk to observe the traditional architecture.  This town is known for its pottery and this year Huancas ceramics have received the endorsement of the National Cultural Heritage as a provision of the Ministry of Culture.
The ceramics of Huancas have significance because of the inputs and designs used in their preparation, their ancestral origins and the high degree of innovation expressed in the decoration of the pieces of work. These products have served to reinforce the identity of the local population and the value of its history.

DAY 2: KUELAP AND HUIQUILLA RESERVE

On the way to the Kuelap Fortress we visit the Huiquilla Private Conservation Area designated to protect the natural and cultural richness of the area and the water resources of its interior. With the support of the state and the society, the Conservation Area is promoting research projects and environmental education as a basis for the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly economic activities.

We continue our journey towards the magical ruins of Kuelap, also known as ‘the Machu Picchu of Northern Peru’. Located at 3,000 meters above sea level in the Amazonian Andes, Kuelap, is proof of the endless skills of the Chachapoya people who inhabited this area between 800 and 1400 AD. The protected archaeological site covers an area of approximately 220 hectares.

DAY 3: CHACHAPOYAS – RODRIGUEZ DE MENDOZA AND ITS COFFEE ROUTE

During our trip to Rodriguez de Mendoza we can see some local villages and the scenic beauty of the jungle and Ocol palm trees.
Mendoza has a cool and healthy climate  and is an area of high forest; its microclimate is created by the mountains and fertile valleys of Guayllabamba.

The farms of Rodriguez de Mendoza  produce the best organic coffee, sugar cane, fruits and various foods such as cassava and beans, (which serve as key ingredients to make the traditional soup, Guayacho).

We will visit one of the coffee producing families where we can learn about the production process and can participate in agricultural activities such as land preparation, obtaining compost, weeding, planting, or work in the nursery.

DAY 4: RODRIGUEZ DE MENDOZA AND ITS COFFEE ROUTE

Continuing with our coffee route, we pay a visit to the coffee factory of the Agrarian Cooperative Rodriguez de Mendoza.  The factory is producing, processing and marketing the speciality Fair Trade coffee produced in the fertile valleys of the Province of Mendoza Rodriguez.
The personnel will explain the various stages of production: the collection of the coffee beans, the selection process  and the proper treatment of the beans for export. We will get to know different versions of the final product called Bio Coffee and of course you can enjoy a delicious coffee for uplifting your spirits!

Cost includes:
• 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
• 3 nights accommodation
• Guide
• Transport to the destinations
• Entry fee

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