A community development project based on the concept of Sustainable Tourism organized by Yachay Wasi in collaboration with Indigenous communities residing in the High Andes and in the Amazon.

Sustainable Tourism empowers Indigenous and/or local communities to gradually take control of this rich industry in their own territories which currenly benefits outside ownerships. Ethics should be at the core of sustainable tourism as it was stated at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development CSD-7 in 1999. The concept of Sustainable Tourism was ADDED in early 2012 to the Outcome document of Rio +20 Summit during negotiations at UN Hqrs between member states and major groups, which included Indigenous peoples. Yachay Wasi participated in these negotiations.


NEW: WORLD TOURISM DAY - 27 September 2013 -

Message of the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity


In 2012, during the 11th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Hqrs in NYC, a Side event was organized by Yachay Wasi and hosted by UNEP. - Photos -


This ongoing project of Yachay Wasi involves several Indigenous villages in the Circuit of Four Lakes and in Peru Amazon.

Visitors are hosted by Indigenous families in these villages and participate in their daily lives. They experience the beauty of this high mountain area which includes the four lakes, the flora and fauna native of such high altitude, the festivals and crafts of these Quechua speaking communities. They have the opportunity to visit the Amazon and experience a very different aspect of Peru.



The Circuit of Four Lakes is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) in the Peruvian Andes. This is a beautiful area located in the provinces of Acomayo and Canas in the department of Cusco, Peru.The lakes are Lagunas Acopia, Pomacanchi, Mosoqllacta (Asnacocha) and Pampamarca. In 2008, Yachay Wasi completed Phase 1 of an Environmental project entitled Recovery of the Circuit of Four Lakes there.

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