Our organic greenhouses are experimental sites where the school and the community can grow vegetables and fruits. The greenhouses have specific design features to help mitigate local weather conditions, for example, installed drip irrigation systems. We have partnered with local agronomists from the “Centre Bartolome de las Casas” to help us in the mentorship and training of the local high school students. This training and intervention will help deepen their knowledge and skills in the areas of greenhouse management and food processing, basic marketing and sales.
We envision students learning, from a young age, the importance of cultivating organic foods and the benefits of operating their own greenhouses as well as understanding food security. In the short term, this project will provide a supplementary source of food and education. In the long term, we can see this project making a larger impact on the community, for example, it becoming a potential, alternative source of income and possibly provide additional options for employment.
Andean Land Peru has developed a customized tour program for those people particularly interested in hiking their ancient mountains and wanting to explore the richness of the Andean culture and the Quechua people.
Upis is one of many staging points that leads to the majestic, snow-covered mountain of Ausangate. The community of Upis is located in the Ocongate district of the Cusco region and towers over 4,226 m. above sea level. During this hike you will experience breathtaking vistas of the Andes mountains and beautiful turquoise-blue lakes of the area. This environment is naturally unique and will make for an unforgettable adventure.
Along the route to Upis, you will encounter locals engaging in their day-to-day routines, working in subsistence farming, as well as managing their basic livestock activities. The main crops in this area are potatoes, beans and lupines. The altitude and cold climate, plus the lack of support and advice from the government, make growing conditions challenging and less favorable for any other crops. As a result, these adversities do not allow families to have sufficient resources to have a complete, balanced and nutritious diet.