YACHAY WASI means HOUSE OF LEARNING in Quechua, the language of the Inkas and of their descendants, the Indigenous Peoples of Peru.

YACHAY WASI, incorporated in 1993, is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt Cultural and Educational Organization based in New York City and in Qosqo (Cuzco), Peru. Yachay Wasi is also a Non-Governmental Organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (Roster 2001, Special 2008) and is associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information since 1997.

Yachay Wasi, in Operational Relations with UNESCO since 2007, was reclassified to Consultative partnership with UNESCO in 2012.

In November 2012, Yachay Wasi was approved for accreditation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Yachay Wasi is a member of the Mountain Partnership since 2009.

Yachay Wasi was the vice-chair until 2002 of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004).

Yachay Wasi has established a cultural exchange between the Native Peoples of Boy in costumePeru - which was part of Tawantinsuyu, the empire at the time of the Inkas - and the Peoples of New York City through lectures, photo and art exhibits, slide shows, films, music and dance programs, craft demonstrations with participation of artists from Peru for "People to People Encounters".

Yachay Wasi has now long term cultural and sustainable development projects in the Qosqo (Cuzco) region, such as the Centro Cultural Yachay Wasi, runasimi in the Andean village of Acopia, which includes preservation and production of traditional textiles, and the Environmental project "Recovery of the Circuit of Four Lakes" in the Dept of Cuzco which has extended in the Campaign of planting a Million Native Trees near these lakes. This project is registered as a Partnership with the UN Commission on Sustainable Develoment. In 2012, Yachay Wasi established its own nursery of high altitude native trees in Acopia.

Yachay Wasi sponsors cultural tours in the Peruvian Andes.

In June 2001, Yachay Wasi held its first Encounter of Indigenous Communities in the High Andes in Acopia, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Its second Andean Encounter took place from 5 thru 9 November 2003.


In New York City, Yachay Wasi participates in environmental festivals with an informative display and is very much involved in United Nations social issues such as the Commission on Sustainable Development and the sessions of ECOSOC subsidiary body: the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Yachay Wasi organized a Local Conference on Sacred Sites: Biodiversity and Andean Spirituality in Acopia, Peru - 5 thru 11 April 2009. This conference was followed by similar ones in the Andean village of Raqchi (August 2010) and Huilloc-Ollantaytambo (April 2011).

An ongoing project, started in 2012, is the establishment of Sustainable Tourism: "Turismo vivencial/Living tourism" in the Circuit of Four Lakes area.

Yachay Wasi publishes a newsletter Yachay Wasi 'Simin' (The Voice of Yachay Wasi).

In 2001, Yachay Wasi became an ISBN registered publisher with its first book “Creation, Evolution and Eternity” released in June 2001.