Vision & Mission
Kawsaypaq means “for life!” in Quechua
Kawsaypaq E.I.R.L. offers authentic experiences that generously share the ancestral Andean culture through our services of charming and unique accommodations, organic gourmet cuisine, and exclusive tours of genuine cultural immersion. We attend our visitors with efficiency, affection, respect, and reciprocity and a high standard of quality. We are committed to preserving the environment and social responsibility.
In 2022 Kawsaypaq is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a sustainable and socially responsible model business, as well as for the uniqueness and quality of our services and products that provide experiences of authentic cultural immersion rooted in ancestral Andean Cosmo vision and values, and in this way inspire the practice of good living “Sumaq Kawsay.”
- Reciprocity (Ayni)
By obtaining the TourCert seal we are committed to responsible tourism, our management and information system are designed under the TourCert standards and have been verified by an independent auditor. The TourCert seal commits us to continuously improve environmental aspects, working conditions, information to the client, as well as establishing fair commercial relations. Agreements with our service providers take into consideration environmental, socio-cultural and economic criteria in the provision of services, preparation and selection of our travel offers.
CODE OF CONDUCT AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN THE SECTOR OF TOURISM (ESNNA)
KAWSAYPAQ E.I.R.L. rejects sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents in Peru and in the World.
We denounce and condemn by law those who use the tourist activity, facilities and services they offer, to promote, facilitate or tolerate the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents.
Code of Conduct for Traveller
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TRAVELLER
Value local traditions and customs
- Know about the local customs and traditions of the destination you will visit (celebrations, holidays, among others) so that you can participate and integrate with the community in the best way.
- Learn some words in the native language to establish a more meaningful contact with the local community.
- Respect and protect everything that makes a destination unique and different: from its history, architecture, and cultural and natural values such as: spirituality, music, art, cuisine, among others. For example, ask permission to take photographs and be informed of protocol for bargaining, giving tips, donations, and gifts.
Support Local Economy
- Give preference to local handicrafts and products made in the destination, this will allow you to contribute to the development of small-scale family economies.
- Treat local sellers and artisans with respect and kindness and promote a voluntary and fair business relationship between producers and consumers.
- Do not buy products that are evidently falsified, or prohibited by national or international regulations.
- When acquiring tourist services, always choose established business to avoid scams or deceptions, and give preference to those operated by residents of the community or destination.
- Inquire about products that are legally restricted to exit from or enter the visited country.
Respect the Environment
- Buy products that do not require the use of plants or animals in danger of extinction.
- Prefer group outings that allow savings of resources, money, fuel and a decrease in your carbon footprint. Look for the most efficient and least polluting way to travel.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle solid waste during your trip. Bring your own bottle of water to refill, avoid buying products with unnecessary packaging and packaging, and do not accept plastic bags to receive product purchases that you can transport in another medium.
- Reduce your consumption of water and electricity (ask to use your towels and sheets for more than one day and when you leave a room remember to turn off lights, heating and air conditioning).
Care for Cultural and Natural Heritage
- Be careful when visiting wild, heritage, archaeological or other areas that are fragile and valuable.
- Return garbage generated on your visit to these areas (including organic waste) to avoid altering the diet of native wildlife, polluting the landscape and affecting other visitors.
- Choose routes that have the least impact on the landscape, preferring existing paths. Prefer guided tours to avoid accidents and decrease soil erosion and compaction in protected areas, while strengthening local work.
- Do not incur environmental offenses. If you visit a protected area remember that there is a regulation created to preserve places and species of great ecological value and in many cases in danger of extinction.
- Do not feed the wildlife.
- Do not let stray dogs follow you when you walk down the street or on paths. Dogs can chase wild animals causing damage to the ecosystem. Alert the staff of the establishments to help you control these pets. This will allow a safer visit for you, your family and the environment.
- Respect the signs and indications of existing communities in the area you visit. This will allow a safer visit for you, your family and the environment.
- Do not remove natural resources, for example stones, fossils, snails, plants, flowers or others, from their original environment.
- Contribute to the maintenance of the infrastructure and equipment present in the protected areas by paying the requested rate and using the facilities properly.
Be an informed and respectful traveler
- Comply with local and national laws and regulations.
- Respect human rights and protect children from exploitation in any form, especially sexual and labor.
- Find out how you can receive medical assistance or contact your embassy (for foreign tourists) in case of emergency.
- Tourists and visitors have the responsibility to gather information about the characteristics of the country they are prepared to visit prior to their departure. They will also be aware of the health and safety risks inherent in any movement within and outside their normal environment and will behave in a way that minimizes those risks.
- Find out the weather and be prepared with appropriate clothing and equipment.
- Be discreet in expressing your personal point of view about your beliefs and other cultural issues.
- Refrain from any type of trafficking in drugs, weapons, antiquities, protected species and products and substances dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.
- Use tourist information offices that have official public or private institutional support, in order to obtain objective, updated information and tourist services and activities that comply with the legal provisions of the places of visit.
Kawsaypaq means “for life!” in Quechua
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS POLICY
Kawsaypaq is a tourism company located in the town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. We offer authentic cultural experiences, celebrating the spirit of the ancestral Andean culture.
Our activities are oriented towards achieving the highest standards of quality, based on the protection, celebration and promotion of the continuity of our natural and cultural ancestral Andean heritage.
Our Commitments are:
- Provide a personalized and warm experience with a service of excellence that surpasses the expectations of our clients.
- Continuously improve our activities, taking into account the suggestions and complaints of our clients and stakeholders to meet the highest standard of quality and social responsibility.
- Work with local collaborators, maintaining our team trained and motivated in order to strengthen their competencies and achieve a positive working environment.
- Protect the environment by reducing and controlling the negative environmental impacts of our activities.
- Promote the active participation of indigenous communities and educational projects rooted in our culture.
- Practice and disseminate the values of the millennial Andean culture based on respect and reciprocity.
- Comply with and implement the legal terms applicable to our activities.
- Advocate human rights and prevent all forms of discrimination.
- Reject and denounce all types of sexual abuse and exploitation practices against children and adolescents in general, in the tourism sector and in communities.
Kawsaypaq means “for life!” in Quechua
Sustainability is a way of life for Kawsaypaq, inspired by the spirit of the ancestral Andean culture. We are wholeheartedly committed to ecological, responsible and conscience travel, and are dedicated to protecting and promoting Andean heritage by sustaining endangered traditional culture.
Kawsaypaq stands for the concept of Sumaq Kawsay, good living, and in all our activities we promote the practice of respect and Ayni reciprocity, fundamental pillars of Andean culture that ensure el buen vivir, good living.
These pillars are the heart and common thread that runs through our business, our cultural projects, and in the network we cultivate which connects everyone involved with a profound level of participation and commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Understanding that everything is interconnected and interrelated, that all is alive, helps foster balance that ensures a quality and level of social responsibility and environmentalism that the world seeks.
Roman and Fielding are founders and active members of the Kusi Kawsay Association and are directly involved in the projects:
- Kusi Kawsay School is an educational project that provides a dignified education respectful of Andean indigenous traditions and cultural identity. Through the school Kawsaypaq extends its impact on the local consciousness as the values imparted to the future generations to ensure human beings that live balanced with their surroundings.
- Kawsaypaq promotes cultural programs through Ñawpa Ñan for the preservation, defense, and strengthening of indigenous peoples and traditions at local, national and international levels.
- Kawsaypaq directly promotes and supports the organic farm Kusi Ñan, a local enterprise of young entrepreneurs that practice their traditional agriculture and permaculture.
Also as founders of Pachamama’s Path, a 501 (c)(3) charity in the United States, Kawsaypaq furthermore promotes the three projects of the Kusi Kawsay Association in Peru.
As advisers to the Apu Runawana Association of the Amaru community, Kawsaypaq has an important role and impact in the guidance and promotion of the development of the weaving society, their products, programs and events, with focus on authenticity while empowering the members who maintain their traditional way of life.
Learn more about the projects here.
Through Kawsaypaq’s services and projects we sustain the achievements of a millenarian culture that promotes diversity and the balance of life. Kawsaypaq opens doors to experience the authentic ancient Andean culture. Come be a part of this experience ~ for life!
Fielding and Roman, as founder’s of Kawsaypaq, together with their team, directly support cultural work that promotes the celebration and preservation of the endangered traditional Andean culture through projects of the nonprofit Kusi Kawsay Association. Roman and Fielding are founders and active memebers of the Kusi Kawsay Asosiation and are directly involved in the projects in Peru:
KUSI KAWSAY ASSOCIATION
Kusi Kawsay Andean School
Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life in Quechua) is an officially registered and accredited K-7th grade school. The school is rooted in Andean tradition and focuses on the empowerment of indigenous children from the town of Pisac and the surrounding communities.
Kusi Kawsay offers an alternative and integral education through traditional Andean culture accompanied by elements of the Waldorf Pedagogy while complying with the Ministry of Education’s requirements. Kusi Kawsay’s ecological ethic is a social ethic, in that we are all related, inter-related and interdependent on this existence. The school grounds have been created with eco-friendly and sustainable materials providing a nurturing and safe environment for children while demonstrating consciousness and respect for both people and land.
The school honors and protects the wonder of childhood. As a guiding principle of Andean philosophy, Ayni – reciprocity is integrated into Kusi Kawsay’s educational approach. Kusi Kawsay empowers students to be stewards of positive change in their greater society with the deep commitment to living responsibly with values and moral courage and a deep joy for caring for Pachamama – Mother Universe. The Kusi Kawsay academic curriculum incorporates ancestral songs, music and dance linked to the Andean calendar, agrarian customs and ecological rhythms, exposing students to co-exist in the modern world without separating from traditional identity. The Andean Legacy serves as the schools foundation honoring the community’s traditional culture by teaching music, dance, art, weaving and practicing enviornmental consciouness through agriculture and education to preserve and celebrate the indigenous Andean identity.
Ayni Scholarship Fund: https://kusikawsay.org/publications/ayni-scholarship/
Kusi Ñan Organic Farm
Kusi Ñan (Happy Path in Quechua) birthed from the first graduating class of Kusi Kawsay Andean School in 2012. With a vision of growing and selling organic produce while practicing their ancestral andean agraian heritage, Kusi Ñan has grown into a sustainable farm and community space, a traditional Andean music group as well as a movement by the youth to confront social and environmental issues.
The first graduating class of Kusi Kawsay Andean School faced a tough challenge. In Peru, the discrimination and lack of financial resources determines the fate of many young people. The graduating class was confronted with this risk and their limited options were focused on a survival economy. The graduates stayed in their community rather than migrating to the city in search of employment. They were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. The Kusi Ñan project of organic agriculture became a source of employment for the alumni and provided creative solutions. They are learning ancient Andean ways of farming, composting practices, as well as providing organic produce to the local marketplace. They share this knowledge with students of Kusi Kawsay through permaculture classes, and with their peers during afterschool workshops, enriched by a series of personal develpoment and cultural identity workshops open to the youth of Pisac and surrounding communities.
Kusi Ñan is autonomously led by inidgenous youth with mentorship from the Kusi Kawsay Association. For more insights into the farm, music, and workshops visit the following Facebook link: fb.me/KusiNanProductosOrganicos
Nawpa Ñan Cultural Events
Nawpa Ñan (Ancient Path in Quechua) celebrates, protects and preserves the celebrations, culture and traditions of the Andean Ancestral Calendar. This cultural movement, strongly rooted in traditional music, dance and ceremonial practices, began in 1993 through grassroots community work and serves as a foundation to the Kusi Kawsay Association. Each month is devoted to connecting communities with the earth and greater cosmos through activating ancestral celebrations. Ñawpa Ñan has been active in documenting the disappearing songs, dances, music and language so vital to the existence of the Quechua nation. This project also brings together indigenous communities from around the world for gatherings such as the winter solstice. Furthermore, Ñawpa Ñan opens a path of guiding youth towards pride in their cultural identity, forming strong communities of reciprocity and gratitude.
“It is through the practice of the Andean calendar that we comprehend traditional knowledge based on human integration with the natural cosmic cycles, and through that a profound understanding of life in balance. These celebrations, activities and events are held at cultural centers, sacred archeological sites, among various locations, and are the essence of all of our cultural revival work. Intergenerational participation of adults, youth, children, and babies celebrates the essence of ancestral Andean social structures of inclusion and community. The cultural centers are made by the local people, for the local people, providing spaces to practice and celebrate their traditional way of life and values.”
The promotion of Indigenous gatherings for the Solstices, Equinoxes, or other important astronomical dates, creates an international network among participants who share their traditions, customs, storytelling, crafts, dance, songs, achievements, problems, solutions and hopes. These events reinforce cultural identity and personal self-esteem, and inspire participants to keep working with the same goals in their communities to promote, protect and practice their ancestral values. Inti Raymi (June solstice), is the main event we host and organize annually. It is a five-day International gathering of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, with around 200 participants representing over 9 Nations. Youth cultural exchanges are also promoted.
The Cultural Center in Taray hosts the local Karate League: Rumi Maki Dojo. Their principle mission is to offer the opportunity to sahre this beautiful discipline with children of this rural area that would never have access to such an experience otherwise, mainly due to limited economic factors. We strongly believe that the Karate League helps the formation of youth based on inner strength, discipline, and respect. This art promotes better school performance, and helps form qualities for future leaders. These karate classes are open to general public two days a week.
To read about the various events of the Andean Ancestral Calendar and to find out more about Ñawpa Ñan visit: www.pachamamaspath.org
APU RUNAWANA ASSOSIATION OF AMARU
Kawsaypaq has an important role and impact in the guidance and promotion of the development of Apu Runawana, their products, programs and events. The founders of Kawsaypaq began their committed involement with local cultural identity through partaipation in Amaru when they first arrived to Pisac.
The members of the Apu Runawana Association from the community of Amaru in the highlands of Pisac, practice their traditional way of life that is the heart of cultural preservation and celebration. Their cultural center serves as a space for this traditionalist group to practice their weaving, their traditional way of life, and for cultural exchanges among indigenous nations as well as with tourists. This group practices and honors the teachings inherited over thousands of years, which are manifested in the agriculture, music, social organization, sacred geometry in their textiles, and above all, reflected in the communal life full of respect and harmony with our natural environment.
Each textile is one of a kind, dyed naturally with plants, using handspun alpaca and sheep fiber and hand woven on backstrap looms. Every textile that is purchased directly supports the reinforcement and empowerment of the ancestral traditions, jeopardized by modernization that threatens this ancient heritage. Kawsaypaq educates visitors to appreciate the value of each textile, and pay fair prices. Kawsaypaq décor features exclusive designs from Apu Runawana, offers a space outside of their establishment on the plaza of Pisac for the wevaing society to sell their pieces, and sells their one of a kind textiles in their store. Kawsaypaq has supported Apu Runawana with connections to develop their logo, brochure, interviews, and documentaion of ancetsral knowledge. Together they have developed a cultural immersion experience, and a trek visiting the sacre dlakes of the community. These programs are of the first to be developed, where guests participate in agricultural activities, eat natural products from the fields, see spinning and weaving demsontrations, dance to the ryhtmus of the traditional music, and engage in a beautiful cultural exchange that changes lives and empowers all partcipants. The Kawsaypaq cultural center received support solicited by Kawsayapq to get solar power shower, and general implementation of the cultural center. Kawsaypaq is donating furniture to the guest rooms, and provides guidance on how to develop their sustainable tourism programs, products and services while mainatianing the esenece of their traditioanl way of life, and their comitment to their values and traditions.
Participation in Kusi Kawsay and Kusi Ñan’s calendar of activies, joint activation of the andean Ritual calendar, and intercultural events hosted by Ñawpa Ñan ensure a true connection to the essence of their culture, and inpsire the heart of Kusi Kawsay’s work:
Inspiring words from Kusi Kawsay’s Weaving teacher Lucia Ccana, from Apu Runawana Weaving Society in the Amaru community: “I am teaching the children our ancient textiles left to us by our ancestors. Creativity and concentration is what the children do best. This isn’t like any other class where it is only about learning to read or write, this weaving that I reach, enters their mind and transforms the boy or girl so she is weaving her own life, it is like weaving our lives, how we live, how we are, how we must be. I also talk to them about nature, about the plants, about the Apus (mountains) and respect to their elders. We don’t choose what we weave randomly – they come through our dreams. For example (showing her skirt) here are the stars; we also exist in the sky, like on earth. We also represent the Ayni or reciprocity to practice Ayni means, you give to me, I give to you. It can be that something happens and you are not well, and then tomorrow I might not be well. So then, we have to practice Ayni: When you are sad I should give you joy, and when I am sad, you should give me joy. That is part of what is in our weaving. Our Grandmothers and Grandfathers lived like that and left this for us to pass on from generation to generation, that is what we wish.”
WINAY TAKI AYLLU – Traditional music group
Kawsaypaq also promotes Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a group of local families that perform traditional Andean music through song, dance and music. Through song and dance, all living beings of nature participate in a harmonious reflection of the natural order of the Universe. Winay Taki is composed of founding parents, teachers, students, and alumnae of Kusi Kawsay.
Wiñay Taki Ayllu cultivates the most authentic of the traditional Andean music, the cultural heritage of their ancestors, encompassing many musical genres, musical instruments and instrumental formations of the Andean world. Through the practice of collectivism and reciprocity, Wiñay Taki shares their knoweldge through various diffusions of musical productions, artistic presentations and the active participation in the Andean ancestral celebrations.
PACHAMAMA’S PATH – 501c3 in the United States
Roman and Fielding are founders and active members of Pachamama’s Path in support of the Kusi Kawsay Assosiation’s projects in Peru. Kawsaypaq weaves life changing cultural immersion experiences in Peru with allies of Pachamama’s Path, and by sharing the authentic ancestral culture, Kawsaypaq helps unite worlds and provides opportunites for genuine cultural exchanges to unravel naturally, enriching the lives of all. In such Kawsaypaq becomes the storyteller, the facilitaor, the cultivator of human relations that connects and creates a network for positive change based on Andean ancestral values.
If you would like to learn how to be a part of this important work, please let us know. There are donatation envelopes if you would like to leave a donation while here, or you can make a donation on the website.
Kawsaypaq means “for life!” in Quechua
Kawsaypaq is an environmentally friendly business with a deep commitment to saving water, energy and reducing solid waste. We promote ancestral values and practices that take environmental consciousness to the heart, based on respect, reciprocity and the understanding that everything is alive, interrelated and interdependent.
We have an Environmental Program that identifies our impacts with objectives, measures and indicators. We are affiliated with the ReCusco Program to reduce reuse and recycle. We select our solid waste to facilitate reuse and recycling, and our organic waste goes to the Kusi Ñan Farm compost. Our Cultural Identity Program further supports these efforts, as Andean values promote the respect of and reciprocity with Pachamama as a living being with rights, not as a resource to exploit.
In honor of our sacred natural resources, please reduce use of water and energy and avoid using plastic as much as possible. Together we can reduce our negative impact on the environment and care for Pachamama.
gracias ~ thank you