Willka T'ika Sustainability

Located at the foot of glacier-topped Andean peaks in the heart of the Sacred Valley, Willka T’ika offers an experience of luxury and wellness in one of the earth’s most energetically charged, culturally rich settings.

Willka T’ika’s sustainable, relaxing guest rooms reflect the textures and colors of Pachamama (“Mother Earth” in the indigenous Quechua language). Spacious yoga studios, cozy meditation cottages, and outdoor and indoor ceremonial areas afford spaces for personal and group activities. 

Willka T’ika’s magnificent healing gardens provide the opportunity to relax, restore, rejuvenate, and receive the powerful energy of the Andes. The world-renowned Seven Chakra Gardens cover the grounds with lush vibrant foliage and are connected to each other by enchanting winding stone paths. Each garden is designed to correspond to one of the seven chakras, or energy centers, of the human body, and is graced with sacred sculptures and stonework appropriate to the chakra represented.

Many ancient Incan sites are a short distance from our property, making Willka T’ika the perfect haven while visiting the Sacred Valley. Fully-inclusive Willka T’ika Wellness programs include gourmet vegetarian cuisine prepared with love by Quechua staff, authentic Andean healing arts, and excursions to Machu Picchu and other Incan sites led by seasoned professional guides.

Construction Roof

Protecting the Environment

Efficient Construction:  The handsome adobe-style buildings that grace Willka T’ika are constructed of natural materials sourced in the Sacred Valley. Adobe is energy efficient, keeping rooms warm on cool Andean nights and pleasant during the hot sunny days.

Conserving Resources:  Hot water used on the property is solar heated. Irrigation water is sourced from the mountain streams, as per the traditional community agreements of the local Quechua. When Willka T’ika’s weekly allotment of water from the local water cooperative is not needed in the gardens, we collect it in large storage tanks for later use.

Waste Management: Waste is separated out into compost, plastics, paper and other materials. Garden refuge, paper and all organic waste from the kitchen are composted. Scrap metal is recycled and soldered into new structures. Willka T’ika minimizes the use of plastic bottles, by offering filtered water free of charge. Glass bottles that are bought on site are collected and given to small-scale recycling traders in Urubamba, which provides a small income for local community members.

Permaculture:  Willka T’ika has been strictly organic since our inception in 1995. Our large greenhouses supplement the vegetable garden and allow us to grow our own produce year-round. To reduce waste and maintain soil fertility, Willka T’ika has a complex system of composting in three stages.

Ayni: Teaching each other Sustainability

For millennia, the Quechua-speaking indigenous people of the Andes have depended upon one another for their existence. The Quechua word for this interdependent way of living is ayni. Ayni is the thread that holds the fabric of Andean existence together. The Quechua live and work, play and pray, in a world governed by the principle of interdependence. All work is shared. They help each other, knowing that at some time the favor will be returned.

Ayni also extends beyond the human community to include the earth and everything living upon it. So involved is the Quechua people’s relationship with the earth that they regard it as a being that must be nourished and protected. They call the earth Pachamama, meaning literally, Mother Earth. Before drinking chicha, the traditional corn-based alcoholic beverage, they spill a few drops on the earth as an offering to Pachamama. They also offer her small portions of food before they eat. Willka T’ika honors this ancient way of the Andes in every aspect of its operations, from organic gardening methods to sustainable construction and water use, and from staff members working together to the quality of care and attention extended to guests.

As we learn from our Quechua neighbors, we freely share practices of sustainability with the local community as well. Quechua staff members are taught how to create a chemical-free environment and grow food organically. Staff gardeners take home seeds from Willka T’ika’s flowers and vegetables to plant on their own farms, and their spouses sell the flowers and produce in local markets.

Machu Picchu Mascarilla

Addressing the Challenges on COVID-19

  • Food security: Our organic farming practices produce more resilient crops and enhance food security and sustainability in times of a quarantine. The communities that Willka T’ika trains in organic farming are more self-sufficient and have better health, making them less vulnerable to infections.
  • Water sanitation: Willka T’ika’s water filtration system and garden watering practices positively impact groundwater and help reducing contamination of the soil and river. This in turn improves the health and immune systems of local communities.
  • Employment: Willka T’ika continues to fully support all 19 staff members; While the hotel was empty, we created alternative such as the production of essential oils from the produce of Willka T’ika’s gardens.
  • Education: Through the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund, we support education of Quechua children from rural areas. We are currently expanding our investments in internet access in order to ensure continued (virtual) education despite a quarantine that has left these children even more isolated.

What Our Clients Are Saying

For the past 4 years we’ve led life-changing yoga retreats to Willka T’ika in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Willka T’ika is the quintessential set and setting to experience authentic Andean culture while diving deeper into yoga practice. It is a Yogi’s dr …read more
Anton Mackey & Amy Solara, AZ
After visiting and scouting many retreats around the world over the past 23yrs of teaching, Willka T’ika is now among the top of our list. The attention to detail, incredible staff and amazing food is just the beginning. The facilities are spectacular, …read more
Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine
Our trip to Willka Tika was one of the most incredible trips of our life! It was the perfect blend of wellness and serenity, with the added rush of adventure to whatever degree one chooses. The access to sacred and historical Inca and other cultural si …read more
John & Lorena
“This was our first Mystery School retreat under the McKenna Academy, and as ever, I am happy to be working with Willka T’ika on such transformative programs. There is no better place in the Sacred Valley, perhaps in the world, for such events to take …read more
An Experience Unlike Any Other
Dr. Dennis McKenna
We appreciated all the gorgeous gardens of the resort, the tenderness of all who worked there, the delicious food & travel guide recommendations! I’m honestly not sure we would have seen or done all the things we did without your referrals. We defi …read more
Gorgeous Gardens, Lovely Resort!
Jackie & Jennifer
WOW!!! There are no words to describe the energy & beauty of this place is amazing–to the eye, feel & smell.  All of the property is a 10!  The staff go above & beyond their duty, they are always there for you, no matter what you need. Car …read more
Wow Magical Journey!
Claire Massicote, Canada
Willka T’ika is a true gift. After 22 years of teaching yoga and guiding adventure travel in Peru, we are so happy to have found this special place to stay. Fresh organic food made and served by loving Quechua staff, inspirational gardens, the great yo …read more
Deborah Koehn Yoga Teacher & Adventure Travel Guide and David Blehert Photographer & Adventure Travel Guide
Willka T’ika is a paradise that allows you to slip into the Peruvian culture with a deep ahhh! The gardens, the staff and the owner Carol Cumes are exquisite like the unexplainable walls of Machu Picchu. It feels so right to stay in a guesthouse retrea …read more
Rodney Yee, Yoga Teacher, Oakland California

 

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