The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)

The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)

The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
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Cultural Tours • Eco Tours • Day Trips
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The AASD is a non-profit, NGO that implements agricultural projects in farming communities. Our main projects are greenhouses and organic workshops. To sustain our projects, we host visitors to learn about development, traditional knowledge, and organic agricultural practices. Visitors will tour a local organic demonstration farm run by a Peruvian family and experience a farm-to-table lunch.
Calca, Peru
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Julia
New York City, NY17 contributions
Mar 2020
We recently visited the Andean Alliance farm in Calca and had a fabulous experience. The founders, Aaron and Adam, explained how the organization got started and how it continues to operate today. They then took us on a great hike up to a nearby archeological site. Afterwards we stopped by the farm to pick some fresh produce for lunch which the guys prepared themselves. Yum!
Written April 2, 2020
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Tourist66346887762
Hi jcs434! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you had a great time at the farm with us. We would love to see you back anytime!
Written April 3, 2020
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Sarah Jacobs
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Business
When we travelled to Peru this past summer, one of my favorite and most impactful activities was spending the day at the AASD EcoHuella farm. When we first arrived, Anna and Jolyn, two passionate and amazing people, explained AASD’s mission to teach and preserve farmers’ traditional knowledge, and we got to learn more about the organization and how it is helping the communities in Peru. We spent the day helping out at the farm, weeding and breaking corn stalks for fertilizer. We also got to explore the farm, and the whole experience was not only rewarding and informative but also fun. After the long day, we were cooked a delicious traditional meal, one of my favorite meals from my whole trip, and then we got to visit one of the AASD’s greenhouses. I would greatly recommend going to the AASD farm to get a closer look at Peruvian life and farming.
Written May 21, 2020
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Tourist66346887762
Hi Sarah! JoLyn here, thanks so much for the thoughtful review! I am so happy to hear that it was a great and insightful experience for you at the Ecohuella Farm. Please let us know if you ever make your way back to Peru!
Written May 25, 2020
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Olivia G.
1 contribution
Jul 2019
My experience in the jewelry shop was the most memorable during my time in Peru last summer. When we arrived, the children and supervisors were so happy to meet us, and they immediately welcomed us into their work area. Truly passionate about their craft, both the children and adults were eager to help our student group create earrings and rings. Our tour guides Anna and Jolyn served as translators as we were not able to speak their native language. Yet, this did not limit the jewelers from answering our many questions. After making our own jewelry, the children led us into their shop where they sell quality jewelry they have made for reasonable prices. Although I treasure the jewelry, the experience of meeting and watching the skilled Peruvians has stayed with me to this day.
Written April 19, 2020
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Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Youth Association in Urco with the kiddos. It's one of our favorite activities to share with our groups. Sending our best to you!
Written May 11, 2020
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Corey B
1 contribution
Jul 2019
When we went into Calca to make jewelry with these children, you can feel the Peruvian hospitality on all levels. Their organization that holds the jewelry making portion helps children who don’t have anything to do after school. The children and the directors were some of the nicest people I have ever met. Their diligence in making the jewelry far surpasses anything I could do. When making the jewelry, the directors and the children we very helpful and eager to assist you. The language barrier seemed nonexistent when you work with these kids and their supervisors in something they truly loved to do. After making different jewelry you go into shop/ museum and they show you how the jewelry is made from natural materials like beans and reeds. The shop was amazing and it is all run by the children. All the jewelry in the shop is made by the children. The prices for the jewelry is also very affordable but very high quality. Before we left we had to take a photo with them to show our gratitude for this wonderful experience. This was by far one of the best parts of my Peru s
Written April 18, 2020
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Hi Corey, So happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Youth Association in Urco! It is one of our favorite cultural activities to do with our groups.
Written May 11, 2020
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Abigail Y
1 contribution
May 2019
I had the opportunity of visiting with my university group. We were doing research on seed access in the highlands. Everything and everyone were just beautiful.
Written April 17, 2020
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Hi Abigail! So happy to hear that you had a great experience with us. You are welcome back anytime. Best Wishes!
Written May 11, 2020
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ANNA CATHRYN P
1 contribution
Jul 2019
My experience with the AASD going to the EcoHuella farm was very positive. Anna and Jolyn welcomed us right away and explained the mission of AASD. At the farm, we saw some of the techniques which the Nina family has been using to farm. The AASD is trying to preserve sustainable development. We went weeding and this experience working on the farm shows how AASD is trying to better the Peruvian community by helping and sustaining these more rural farm areas. Additionally, we had a traditional meal, which was delicious. This day was an unforgettable experience due to the passion of Anna and Jolyn, the inspiring tradition of the Nina family, and the overall mission of AASD.
Written April 17, 2020
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Hi Anna, JoLyn here, thank you so much for the kind words! I wish you were able to come back this summer! Sending you the best during these times and hope to see your shining face sometime in the future.
Written May 11, 2020
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Emma H
1 contribution
Jul 2019
Immediately as I met Anna and Jolyn, I felt their passion for the project they have been a part of. Once I arrived at the farm, we were immersed into the Peruvian culture. They explained to us their goal of preserving farm techniques from generations before. After they gave us an informative, enlightening slideshow, we went weeding and were taught some of the different agricultural techniques the Andeans use. Afterwards, we had a delicious meal with all the Peruvian staples, which are all locally grown. All in all, my day at the AASD was unforgettable and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to learn about Peruvian culture and how to preserve Andean traditions.
Written April 17, 2020
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Hi Emma! Thanks so much for the review! JoLyn here, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Wish you were able to come back this summer but hopefully the next one will work out. Best wishes!
Written May 11, 2020
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Maddie Russell
1 contribution
May 2019
The experience I had with the Andean alliance was unforgettable. We visited a community high in the mountains called Qenqo and it was a day I will cherish for the rest of my life. We were showered with flower petals upon arrival, we ate a beautiful meal prepared by local community members, we were treated to an interesting weaving demonstration and were able to buy very cool scarfs, bags and other gifts from the women. Finally, we all danced and laughed in this amazing moment that transcended language barriers and I will remember for the rest of my life.
Written April 2, 2020
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We are so happy to hear that your time was unforgettable! Qenqo is quite the memorable community. We hope to offer community visits on our TripAdvisor tour options in the future if there is expressed interest because we always have so fun taking groups to communities where we work. Thank you so much for your kind words. Come back anytime :)
Written April 3, 2020
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Brittany N
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Dec 2019
In December 2018, I traveled through to the Sacred Valley region of Peru for two weeks. While I did both a Salkantay overnight trek and a week-long program going throughout the Sacred Valley and ending at Machu Picchu, my separate three day experience with the people from the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) in Calca was a clear highlight of the trip!
With AASD, one gets to step away from the tourist mayhem and mechanistic impersonality of many of the Sacred Valley offerings, and actually step into an *AUTHENTIC* Andean farming experience in partnership with the people of the Andean region. Through AASD, I was able to better understand the current realities of the Andean farmers and how progress is being made to address the changing realities of the times due to climate change, big corporate farming, etc. One of the most impactful things I took away from my time with AASD was a deep appreciation and respect for the traditions, culture, and ingenuity of the Andean people that have been passed down and honed over hundreds of years.
Written April 2, 2020
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Wow Brittany, thank you so much for your thoughtful words! That is exactly what we strive to do as the AASD. So happy that you felt that because we truly do believe that these farmers are incredibly sustainable and resilient. We appreciate you taking the time to review us, please come back and visit anytime if you find yourself back in Peru!
Written April 3, 2020
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Lily McCabe
6 contributions
May 2019
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Peru through the University of Vermont last May and it is an experience I will always be grateful for. Because of Andean Alliance, we had an authentic Peruvian experience that allows tourists to visit in an immersive and educational way. Andean Alliance clearly has strong local partnerships; and for me it was important to know that they have stake in the local community, and that they truly want to have a positive impact. I highly recommend spending a day in the Sacred Valley with AASD, not only is it absolutely beautiful there, but you will have fun, meet great people, and learn a lot as well!
Written April 1, 2020
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Tourist66346887762
Hi Lily! Thank you so much for sharing about your time here with us! We value our local partnerships and relationships and love when others can see that and experience that for themselves :) So happy to know that you enjoyed your time here. Come back to the Sacred Valley and give us a visit anytime!
Written April 3, 2020
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