The Peruvian Tea Experience

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Not just for tea lovers! This Peruvian tea experience illustrates agrotourism by letting us take part in the interesting process of tea production. 

Participating in this experience means that you will get the chance to visit a long-term tea plantation and learn about the leaf harvest activity and the history of this beverage. You’re cup of tea will never taste the same again!

During our workshop, you can actively engage in the processing of tea and additional products, that are part of our tea recipes. Afterwards, you will taste a unique type of tea, whose recipe has been passed on as a family tradition through four generations. The family is still dedicated to this work and generously involves 60 other families, that provide the locally cultivated raw ingredients. At the end of this experience, you will observe the transformation process of tea and learn all about its organoleptic characteristics.

Tea region – upper jungle

This experience starts at 9 am in the Tea House Cusco, and ends at around 12 am. It’s good to highlight the fact this Tea House is located approx. 4 hours from Cusco. Please have a look at the map below to see the exact location or look at our FAQs on how to get here.  

Combine this tour!

Of course you could decide to stay somewhere nearby, before starting this wonderful tea experience. Afterwards you could then continue your way to Aguas Calientes, so you can visit Machu Picchu the following day. However, we believe that combining the tea experience with our beloved Coffee Route is the best way to add value to the Huayopata Valley excursion. Please have a look at our 4 days, 3 nights suggestion called The Route of Goodies to Machu Picchu!

Why is this experience Impactful?

This experience is offered by a small-scale, family-owned company with social responsibility: Its aim is to generate socio-economic growth for the 63 local tea-producing families. Many of them depend solely on their production as their primary source of income.

Moreover, the production process is mainly manual work, especially the harvest. No big machinery is involved, which means no emissions are generated.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated

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Price Includes

  • Tea tasting according to your preference
  • Visit to a nearby plantation

Price Excludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Peruvian Tea Experience

How do I get to the Tea House?

When having your own (rental) car: it’s easy, you just have to head North-west from Cuzco in the direction of Quillabamba. The Tea House is located right next to the highway and any navigator will take you there. Consider at least 4 hours in your time budget when coming from Cuzco, but we recommend some extra time for sightseeing stops, as well as toilet stops, buying snacks, etc.

Once there and when the time to visit the plantations comes, you will have to drive yourself one more time for about 10 minutes (round trip).

In case you prefer to go by public transportation: from Cusco there’re taxi’s (sometimes little buses, so called ‘combi’s’) leaving for Santa Maria and Quillabamba. This is a shared option, these leave once filled up. Make sure to get off in time!

What is the highest point during this route?

In the way to the District of Huayopata, you will have to pass over the Abra Málaga (mountain pass) of 4.300 meters.

Do the local families speak English?

No, they don’t. So far however, most of our travelers do not opt for an optional translator, since apart from the additional cost that might change the experience. Alcira is very used to having guests that don’t speak Spanish and her Spanish is easy to understand for those who speak other Latin languages. 

Of course, learning Spanish beforehand is always a good idea! Use an app like Duolingo to learn the basics before leaving and enhance your experience whilst traveling. 

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

No, there are no additional costs related to the Peruvian tea experience.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

It will depend on the day, as Alcira receives up to 8 people daily. But most chances are that you/your group will be the only one(s) during that day. The alternative scenario is that you might have to share the experience with few others, but this is not limiting in any way.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

The temperatures are normally warm, but the weather can change at any moment as it is influenced by the lower jungle and the high mountains. The Peruvian tea experience is not available during rainy season.

What kind of teas are produced?

Production includes black, green and white tea. Red tea, matcha and Oolong are not produced here.

Are the products organic certified?

The products are organic, but they do not count with certification yet.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Your Host

Alcira Cuba

I am the third generation of a family dedicated to the production of tea, winner of the national award Entrepreneur Woman of the Cusco Region 2017, and part of several networks of entrepreneurs.

The countryside and all that it produces is my sacred place. I have been receiving tourists from all over the world for 14 years now and I am very happy to share my knowledge with everyone.

In 2019, I started working with Impactful Travel (formerly known as RESPONSible Travel Peru) because I have always valued companies that share the same philosophy of life and of contribution to native communities, that value the work of farm-families and that besides offering quality in their services also have a social commitment.

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