A hidden jewel between the volcanoes
Raqchi is located between three extinct volcanoes Kinsach’ata, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Kanchi people, whose traces lay beneath the ochre-coloured clay in the volcanic mass. This town shows the skilful hand and constructive audacity of its people who combined the use of stone and adobe. Their knowledge has created an urban complex in which the Temple dedicated to the Andean God Wiracocha stands out, characterized by its colossal structures. Raqchi, or lordship of the Kanchis was considered an administrative and religious center and seated the Sinchis, chiefs and priests.
The Deconcentrated Directorate of Culture (DDC) – Cusco recognized the Raqchi Archaeological Park as “Cultural Heritage of the Nation”. Likewise, the knowledge and practices associated with the production of ceramics in Raqchi are declared as “Cultural Heritage of the Nation”.
Raqchi perpetuates the ancestral ceramic making technique that incorporates clay and volcanic sand as the primary elements that combine to form a masterpiece which is even more durable.
The town of Raqchi has implemented Community Tourism initiatives that showcase their local culture, history, gastronomy, ancestral techniques and dances. Among the cultural and natural attractions in Raqchi are the Raqchi Archaeological Park, the Folk Festival, the Raqchi Ceramics, Quimsachata (the Kinsa Chata Volcano), and Quimsacocha (the Kinsa Cocha Lagoon).
The use of sustainable products
The people of Raqchi have incorporated the use of ceramic utensils and cloth bags for the purchasing of daily products as well as for the sale of their crafts. In this way, they also incentivise visitors to do the same by discouraging the use of plastics and products that contaminate the environment.
The leadership of women in Community Tourism
The village of Raqchi has been developing community tourism, an activity that contributes to the development of sustainable tourism and integrates the local traditional economic activities. Additionally, it contributes to the development of the community, maintains cultural identity and promotes generational transmission.
The Raqchi women play an active leadership role in the Community Tourism Centers where they offer innovative experiences to visitors.
An authentic homestay experience
The Community Tourism Association Raíces Incas is one of the most relevant examples developed by Community Tourism which contributes to the economic activity of its members families. The members of this association have adapted their homes to host visitors. They currently offer a total of 80 rooms equipped for tourist use, whereby guests can enjoy an authentic experience of the Raqchian way of life.