In the highlands of Pisac, Cusco, Perú, surrounded by imposing Apus (local god protectors), the there are 4 Quechua communities of Amaru, Chawaytire, Pampallaqta and Paru Paru have come together to form the Potato Park.
The Potato Park is a Biocultural Heritage Territory that hosts the Culinary Sanctuary.
The Potato Park evolved out of the experience of a community led and rights based approach to conservation and development using the knowledge, traditions, and philosophies of indigenous peoples as they relate to the
holistic and adaptive management of traditional agricultural landscapes. It was established in 2002 and is locally administered by the Association of the Communities of the Potato Park, with a Board made up of elected
members from each of the Park communities.
Located near the town of Pisac, in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the altitude in the Potato Park ranges from 3,400 to 4,600 metres above sea level. The 6000 inhabitants collectively manage the 9,200 hectares of communal
lands and actively participate in the preservation of a range of wild and domesticated species, including 1400 varieties of native potatoes. They also maintain their ancestral knowledge and practices, and protect the
Andean landscape, while adapting to changing conditions including climate change.
The Papa Arariwa, or Guardians of the Potato, are the keepers of the
native potato diversity and the associated traditional knowledge for cultivation, storage and seed selection of this important crop.
The Andes is the centre of origin of the potato and a centre of diversity. The Papa Arariwa have documented hundreds of varieties of locally grown native potatoes, and repatriated hundreds more varieties from the International Potato Centre. The traditional knowledge holders who make up this group manage the Potato Park as an in situ gene bank, preserving this important diversity for future generations.
The culinary sanctuary celebrates this diversity in all its forms, including the colourful flowers decorating the landscape, the tubers for food, and special varieties for ceremonial and ritual uses.
And nowadays the locals fron those communities they are doing some activities with turism industry and they are offering like homestays, treks with a lot of local experiencies that is how to show treir porper tradition in their culture and also some people is coming to be part of their local activities, which is so amazing moments with the locals in the mountains. Also these people they are still practicing techniques and traditions from their ancestors or from the Inca culture.