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Why Book This Tour?

  • Unique and Authentic Tours
  • Responsible and Sustainable
  • Respectful Exchange with Locals
  • Alternative and Off the Beaten Path


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Tour Details

Live an unforgettable experience with the teenage mothers of Casa Mantay and their children, get to know this great family and its history, visit and participate in the leather workshop which employs these young women, and have lunch with the entire team on this Cusco Women tour. 

  • See a different side of Cusco where the locals live
  • An authentic intercultural experience in an urban community
  • Leave a positive footprint and support a local community
  • Responsible and meaningful encounters with locals
  • Visit and participate in a local leather workshop run by women

Departure & Return Location

Pick-up from Cusco hotels. 

Meeting Time

10:30am

Price Includes

  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Local guide in the community
  • Transportation
  • All activities
  • Contribution to Casa Mantay
  • A local lunch

What to bring?

  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Comfortable, closed shoes
  • Water
  • Layers of clothes
What to Expect

Your guide will pick you up around 10:30am from your Cusco hotel and you’ll head towards the San Jerónimo neighborhood where Casa Mantay is located by private or public transport, depending on the size of your group. If you prefer, we can add private transportation for smaller groups as well for an extra fee.

30 minutes later you’ll be welcomed with a tasty mate (tea) at Casa Mantay. The local guide will show you around and tell you more about the history and organization of the Mantay House, which shelters, guides and trains young mothers, between 12 and 18 years old, in the company of their children. It is a place where they find protection and respect.

After the tour of the house, we’ll go to the “Mantay Workshop”, where some of the mothers work in the manufacture of leather products. In 2012, the workshop received an award for the quality of their products by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru. The mothers will show you how to recognize real leather and will tell you more about the production process of their products. Each participant will make a small souvenir that they can take home.

You will be back at your hotel around 2:30pm.

How does your visit leave a positive footprint?

Your visit benefits the local community in different ways. First of all, it supports Casa Mantay, which employs and supports teenage mothers and their children. Secondly, your visit also supports the NGO Centro Bartolomé de las Casas, which works with many rural and local communities in the Cusco and Sacred Valley area. 

In addition to financial benefits, the interest and attention of people who came from across the world increases their pride in their work and in their community. The admiration and interest of visitors from across the world reinforces their engagement to their environment and traditions.

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