We decided to stay off the tourist track and spend a few days (31 Aug. – 4th Sep.) with Arcadio at his project Kausay Punku in Maska. Kausay Punku (meaning Gate of Life) is a farm using exclusively permaculture/ bio-construction techniques. The farm is situated near Pisac in a Quechua community of the sacred valley of Peru.
The overall aim of the project Kausay Punku is the preservation of ancient Peruvian natural medical practices and of ancient seeds. The idea is to live in sync with nature and bring the traditional Quechua way of life back to the Peruvian youth. A central part of the project is a herbal garden. Arcadio uses herbs to make essential oils. He also offers traditional ancient ceremonies.
We were able to volunteer for a couple of days at the farm and learnt how to make compost as well as making bricks from a mix of mud and hay. A great experience.