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Q’ero Cultural Center

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The Q’ero Cultural Center project is a place to keep alive ancient wisdom and share it with visitors wanting an authentic experience of cultural immersion.

Opportunities for visiting the center will be posted when the project is complete.

Q'ero Cultural Center
The following was provided to Whole Earth Engineering, Inc. by the Q’ero.  It describes the community project the Q’ero are seeking support to create in order to share their culture with the world, and help provide their community needed resources to maintain their way of life.  The following is the document provided by the Q’ero translated from Spanish via Google Translate along with a few editorial clarifications.

SAMANA WASI Q’ERO

Presentation

This work was inspired by OUR ANDINA CULTURE in order to create a new place of interaction of the tourist with our culture and offer the best comfort to passengers in the Q’eros Community all visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the Natural gastronomy, its mysterious culture, the beauty colorful clothing, etc. it is important to emphasize that we do not have places of lodging in the Q’eros Community which is extremely necessary because of the climatic conditions with which it has. SAMANA WASI Q’EROS  (rest house) is aimed for all national and international tourists who love nature and living culture.

Mission

To satisfy the needs of our customers  through hospitality and staging. We are committed to seeking excellence in service by providing the most appropriate solutions (accommodation, food, recreation, other solutions) to the needs of our guests.

Vision

Being an integrated organization participate in economic, social and environmental development promoting alternative tourism.  Also to constantly promote the dissemination of Inca culture to local national and international tourists and to new generations.

Q’ERO COMMUNITY

Q’ero is located in the province of Paucartambo, department of CUSCO-PERU between the Andes mountain range known as one of the villages of ancient Tawantisuyo or the Inka empire. Q’ero is well known for its Andean myths and spiritual healing practices on November 21, 2007,was declared a cultural heritage of the Peruvian nation. This declaratory states that the Q’ero community still converses its language, its customs and its religiosity, its songs, its fabrics, etc. of its ancestors the Inkas, dare of time enriching the cultural acquis of Peru enriching the cultural acquis of Peru

What is Samana Wasi Q’eros?

It is a word in Quechua that means “resthouse”, and is a completely typical refuge of the community using ancestral techniques of straw construction (Stipa ichu) and stone; allowing you to appreciate the striking view over this magical village and adorned by the sacred mountains. Likewise Samana wasi implements the objective promoting spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and experiential tourism involving local people. Conversing indigenous culture today risks losing Andean customs due to social development and contact with modern civilization. Thus, having this community center is important for the Q’ero – who are committed to instilling the importance of maintaining customs.

Location

Samana Wasi Q’erosis located in the heart of the Community of Q’eros in Paucartambo district and province, Cusco department, being one of the most distant communities of the city of Cusco that offers us a natural view (Andean animals, mountains, lagoons, birds, etc.) and interact directly with the indigenous people enjoying their gastronomy and ancestral rituals.

How to get to Samana Wasi Q’ero?

From the city of Cusco we head by land transport (car, van, or van) to the Q’eros Community – Samana   Wasi. The journey is approximately 5 to 6 hours where  you can observe during the trip the archaeological centers as: the chullpas of  Ninamarca and archaeological complex of Watoqto continuing with the view we arrive at the province of Paucartambo where you can take advantage to make purchases, take photos, tour the square of Paucartambo.  From there we head to the Q’eros Community passing through basins and mountains until we finally reach Samana Wasi located a 5 minute walk from the main road.

GENERAL DATA

Climate:

Community that is immersed within the Andes mountain range, presents two marked periods, one, the wet period, which refers to the rainy season, and comprises the months of November to March; and two, the period of drying or styling, in which is the absence of  rains causes a dry, cold weather in the mornings and evenings and is quite hot at noon corresponding to the months of April-August.

Agriculture:

The economic base of the Q’eros Community has agriculture that is extremely traditional. The inhabitants obtain their food and other satisfactories, from a wide variety of plant species – some of these species are cultivated and others are not.  Species used are also totally wild thanks to the different ecological floors that count. The production of potatoes, maize and vegetables is generally for self-consumption.

Livestock:

Livestock activity in the community takes place within the extensive system based on mountains and basins with shortages of grassland pampas South American camels (llama) and in less proportion sheep and minor animals.

Culture:

The Q’eros community is millennia in ancestral customs that have been inherited from their ancestors, such as the cult of the Pachamama, the Apus and the Auquis. Ccostumbristas or festivals of their locality etc. as well as the vast majority of the inhabitants of the community, are Shamans or Andean priests, who thanks to their healing ability, travel to different countries in the world sharing the Q’ero culture.

Visual impact:

The visual impact of pollution on the Q’ero community today is notorious that with the advent of transport. The community is not able to deal with the environmental pollution suddenly that reached the community. Moreover, because the SAMANA WASI project will involve the people of the area, there will be a need to provide information about pollution so the local people understand through training about pollution, how maintaining ancestral customs is vital for minimizing pollution in the community.

PROPOSED PROJECT (Samana Wasi Q’eros)

It is intended to achieve the tourist positioning of Community Q’ero as one of the main destinations for the practice of Nature Tourism, Spiritual or Mystic Tourism and Provincial Tourism.  The destination provides the opportunity to practice numerous activities related to alternative tourism, such as hiking, ancestral ceremonies, sightings in colorful lagoons. The proposed project for construction and development is a traditional grouping of individual rest houses s0 visitors can enjoy the experience of being integrated within the natural and cultural environment where the main elements of the Andean culture (Q’ero) and its synergism are experienced. An example of this would be to use rural architecture as inspiration for the design, materials and distribution of the project structure.  The development and operation of SAMANA WASI on the principles of sustainability and the promotion of community participation.

Components of Samana Wasi

Samana Wasi is a perfect place to spend the holidays, the establishment 8 modules with a size 2 mt, Height 3 meters Diameter. The modules are presented in circles with Trapezoidal Inca windows.  This type of traditional lodge will be constructed using materials from the area that are sustainable with the environment as well maintaining the ancestral philosophy – that is our lodge inspiration. In addition to the individual “rest houses” a large lodge with a measure 4.5 x 4.5 meters will allow locals and visitors a space for ceremonies and other traditional experiences. The lodge will be constructed  in a manner that integrates the knowledge about the climatic variations that arise and the intense cold in the nights and drought seasons. The accommodation facilities are complemented by a restaurant 8 x 3.5 meters main in which you can taste the specialties of Andean gastronomy.  Or in other words, a High Andean version of a farm-to-table experience. There is also be a craft shop planned that will provide the opportunity for the customer to buy local products made by local communities.  Overall, the community center has the following components:
  • 8 modules, rooms
  • 1 module of ceremonies
  • 1 cooking and restaurant module
  • 2 bath modules: 2 x 2 meters of toilet service for men and women

COSTS AND BUDGET

  1. Costs are based on the use of local materials in construction
  • straw: 7 tons
  • thick sticks: 1.50 mtrs x 2 inches 45 units
  • sticks: 2.00 mtrs x 2 inches 45 units
  • splice sticks: 1.00 x 2 inch 45 units
  • Carrizos: 20 packs
  • extra chumpi sticks: 5mt x 2 inches 30 units
  • Stone: 48 cubes
  • Doors: 12 units
  • Beds 10 units
  • Mattresses 10 units
  • Blankets 20 units
  • Chusis 25 units
  • Window Glass:
  • Materials of the area (chaclla, mud,
  • Pool and lavatory accessory
 
  1. Jobs for construction
  • Workmanship
  • Power
  1. Use of local furniture and handicrafts for decoration
  WORKS INVESTMENT LODGE $26,614.00 Peruvian Sol or $7,861.86 US Dollars.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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