Willka T'ika Sustainability

Since its founding in 1995, Willka T’ika has held fast to sustainable practices, ranging from environmental conservation to community engagement.

For the environment: At Willka T’ika, our sustainable practices ensure that our guests’ stay has the lowest possible environmental impact.

For the community: The Willka T’ika Team is comprised of 19 Quechua who have been with us for over two decades.

For social impact: The Willka T’ika Children’s Fund facilitates the education of hundreds of Quechua children in remote villages.

Watch recent Sustainability Webinars featuring Willka T’ika:


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. We also support local reforestation efforts planting queuña, molle, tara and huaranhuay trees.

What Our Clients Are Saying

A life-changing experience you’ll never forget! I chose this retreat because it offers such a wide range of activities. It is not a pure yoga retreat (like most when you search for retreats), but offers SO MUCH MORE. Everything about this Wellness Retr …read more
Willka Tika Wellness Retreat, Jul 2022
Wilka Tika is the literal garden of Eden. Walking through the grounds is like being in Paradise. There are hundreds of types of flowers, plants and blooming trees with fruits. You can’t help but feel grounded and at peace. The staff is friendly and ama …read more
Return Retreat Leader & Yogi, Romi Toussaint
In March of 2022, I experienced Willka T’ika’s “Essential Wellness Retreat” for 7 days. The group retreat consisted of 8 other solo travelers, with none of us fully understanding what we signed up for (albeit, there are plenty of pre-read materials ava …read more
Maureen Kornienko, Wellness Retreat Mar 2022
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


Stay Connected

Join our newsletter and stay connected by staying up-to-date with the latest retreats, hotel specials, and happenings at Willka T'ika and in the Sacred Valley.




  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.