El Parque de la Papa

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El Parque de la Papa
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davidbray936
Miami Beach, FL7 contributions
The future of food
Jul 2019
For anyone interested in the future of food in the era of the climate crisis, which should be everyone, this is an essential stop. In the 1980s and 1990s, the four communities that form that Potato park were encouraged to plant high-yield genetically modified potatoes. While they did so at first, in conversations among themselves and with the encouragement of outside advisors, they took another path. today, the communities are conserving over 1,300 varieties of potato, some 700 of which they already had on their lands, and the others have been collected from elsewhere in the Andean highlands. In US supermarkets you may find maybe 4-5 varieties of potato. They are conserving essential genetic variety and are collaborating with the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway to assure that this variety is preserved for future generations. The farmers are also experiencing climate change with a much more unstable rainfall regime, longer dry periods and more intensive rains, and are pioneering strategies for dealing the emerging climate crisis, which is going to impact food production worldwide. This effort deserves all our support, and the least we can do is visit, learn, eat at their restaurant, and buy the textiles woven by the local women.
Written July 17, 2019
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Kabingha
Wesley Chapel, FL448 contributions
Okay visit
Jun 2018
We visited as part of our G Adventures tour. We had already seen one weaving demonstration so it felt repetitive. I enjoyed the discussion about potatoes. It was really cold while we were there and it started to rain. It cut down on our time in Pisac. There is a place to buy weaves goods. We bought a couple of key chains and found them 1/3 of the price elsewhere.
Written June 23, 2018
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wahoo5251
Hansen, ID2 contributions
I loved seeing the hundreds of varieties of potatoes grown in the traditional way.
May 2018 • Business
The people were wonderful. This is an authentic experience. Great way to learn about the local culture and biodiversity.
Written June 12, 2018
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Dan L
Willesden, UK448 contributions
Great experience with the community
Apr 2018 • Friends
Visited the Potato Park, which is a community market run by the local, it was a fanatic experience. The locals were welcoming, happy to share their experiences and customers. It is great to see the local community coming together to try and make a living from tourism. We are a talk by the 'Chief', who shared the history of the park, then had the ability to purchase handmade items and taste some potato harvested that day! Brilliant trip.
Written April 15, 2018
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John R
12 contributions
Origins of the potato and una fiesta de papas!
Jun 2017 • Friends
We did a half day tour of the potato park where we started off at the potato conservation center in the community of Paru Paru. A Técnico (indigenous potato researcher) explained to us the origins of the potato park and the work that he and the other Técnicos are doing to preserve the biodiversity of potatoes in the mountain communities of the potato park.

The Potato Park is an association of 5 Quechua communities in the mountains near Pisac where the residents have formed small economic collectives (micro enterprises) that share proceeds with their communities. There are 5 collectives: handy crafts (alpaca and wool products), medicinal plants (shampoos, soaps, medicines, and salves), gastronomy (a excellent restaurant serving local delicacies, mainly potato based), potato conservation (the Técnicos researching potato biodiversity with the support of an NGO called Andes), and ecotourism (home stays and treks in the park).

We had an amazing lunch prepared by the gastronomy collective, featuring 10 varieties of potatoes, mountain cheeses, herbal teas, and sopa de Aji.

Highly recommended, I will likely come back for a trek or home stay.
Written June 7, 2017
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375audreyr
Boston, MA4 contributions
Great experience off the beaten track
Jul 2014 • Family
Our family of four had a very interesting day in the highland agricultural communities above Pisaq. We arranged the visit by calling the number on the website, which otherwise has very little information. They need 2 days' lead time for a visit. We arranged for a "long visit," which meant that we ate lunch in the restaurant and returned to Pisaq in mid-afternoon. The visit started in one community with an overview of the project (several communities have come together to share and promote their community agriculture and efforts to preserve potato varieties). Then a woman explained the various products they make using different kinds of medicinal plants. We then drove to another community, where the lead "potato technician" told us about the hundreds of varieties of potatoes, showed samples, demonstrated tools. We were were given a delicious potato snack. We then drove to a lake at the end of the road where people were sorting and drying potatoes. Along the way, we saw burros threshing beans and people working in the fields wearing the traditional clothing of their individual community. We then drove to the restaurant where a full meal had been prepared for us, with many potato elements of course!

The trip was quite well organized, but if English interpretation is critical, that should be confirmed in advance. The explanations and demonstrations were all in Quechua; our driver translated into Spanish, and then one member of our family translated into English for the others. The driver was arranged by the person whom we contacted to the arrange the trip and was very good. The trip was not inexpensive, but a good value for everything that we did and the full meal that was prepared for us.
Written August 27, 2014
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knittingmami
Astoria, NY116 contributions
Best part of our trip to Peru
Mar 2013 • Family
This was a highlight of our trip to Peru.
We were able to see a part of Peru we'd never seen- despite having traveled to Peru many times over the years.
We did not have arrangements ahead of time. I called them as soon as we arrived to Cusco and they were kind enough to accommodate us. They even let us go up on a holiday.
We had to obtain our own transportation & driver (easy to do at any major town square). We met someone in Pisaq and he took us up into the mountain at least 45 minutes in. We arrived to a highland village where we were shown how they cultivate and preserve several different varieties of potatoes. A woman who harvest local herbs also showed us the use of her different plants. She also had teas, soaps, and creams for sale. Then we were given a morning snack of potatoes, aji (pepper sauce), cheese and tea. It was a fantastic snack and my toddler said Papa there for the first time.
Then we were driven to another area - the drive was beautiful. On the way there we saw a woman cultivating olluca- another peruvian tuber. We stopped chatted and my five year old helped her harvest. The woman was 94 years old! Then we were taken to another woman who showed us how she uses natural dyes with the yarns and how she weaves. We also were able to purchase woven products.
We drove around some more exploring the region until it was lunch time. At lunch time were supposed to be taken to a restaurant that was created for this tourism industry. The person who cared for the place had the key and was away- again we went on a holiday. The cook was ready for us, having cooked at a local home. They set up an impromptu table at a local home that served as the town bodega. The meal was wonderful and my small children ate it all enthusiastically.
It was a great day and I highly recommend this trip. I think they do not get lots of visitors but they could use it. As the money received from this is divided among several communities and serves to help the community as a whole. The website and the trip can use some improvements- but it is authentic and it is created by communities helping itself.
Written September 8, 2013
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