Help out within our ecological park in Machu Picchu, Peru.




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    Hello! My name is Erwin, with my mother and brother we are a local family living in the cloud forest near Machu Picchu. In our property we are developing an eco tourism project with trails to waterfalls, mountains and botanical gardens.

    Our project is located 2 km from Machu Picchu. In 1998 , at the initiative of my mother , we started reforestation and creation of an ecological park that today is visited by tourists who want to enjoy nature in Machu Picchu. Looking for the restoration and preservation of wildlife habitat for increasing the native flora and fauna and biodiversity conservation.

    To support our project, we auto finance us and supply us with land resources and generate economic resources from the services we offer to visitors such as accommodation, camping and restaurant.

    Hola! Mi nombre es Erwin, junto a mi madre y mi hermano somos una familia local que vivimos en el bosque de neblina cerca de Machupicchu. En nuestra propiedad venimos desarrollando un proyecto de ecoturismo con senderos a cascadas, montañas y jardines botánicos.

    Nuestro proyecto se ubica a 2Km de Machupicchu. En el año 1998, a iniciativa de mi madre, iniciamos la reforestación y creación del parque que hoy es visitado por los turistas que desean disfrutar de la naturaleza en Machupicchu. Buscando la restauración del habitat silvestre para el incremento de la flora y fauna nativa y la conservación de la biodiversidad.

    Para sostener nuestro proyecto buscamos auto financiarnos y abastecernos de recursos de la tierra. Generamos nuestros propios recursos económicos ofreciendo servicios de alojamiento, camping y alimentos a los visitantes.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We share our place to volunteers as they would be part of our family, and after few weeks they will become. We are so happy to become good friends and that they share our passion for nature conservation and for this project.

    Since we are peruvian and we grew up here you will find an authentic experience and authentic peruvian food you will love.

    Living far away from the city facilities taught us a different way of living, how we manage our energy, how we get our food, how we live and work and even what we do with the trash.

    For example we supply some of our food from the garden, and most of our remedies can be found in the field. We also generate our own electricity, we manage our energy in a different way since it is reduced. Trash is a big topic here since there isn't a solution provided by our government, we reduce, recycle, compost and select the different types of trash finally we walk 2 Km with it to the garbage place.

    We have gained some knowledge about plants cultivation, reforestation, ecology and biodiversity. Same for the house maintenance and construction, since we need to solve everything by ourselves we have plenty of tools and some knowledge on carpentry, masonry, electronics, electricity, etc.

    We are happy to share all of these and more.

  • Help


    We welcome volunteers who would like to help us somehow with all their skills, commitment, creativity, love, good vibes, ideas, knowledge and experience.


    We will need volunteers to communicate well in spanish with our staff and visitors.
    We may not accept volunteers who want to contribute less than 4 weeks.
    We expect the volunteers to accomplish formally with the agreed period, otherwise they should not make the request and give opportunity to other volunteers who are willing to participate in our project.
    We will ask you to chat with us via What's app or Telegram to make sure everything is clear before you apply for volunteer/internship.

    We are looking for:

    A volunteer for reception and help with tourists.
    A volunteer for general maintenance.
    Multitasking volunteers.
    Artists, carpenters, naturalists, designers and creators.

    We need help to improve our restaurant and accommodation services such as cleaning, maintenance, construction, decoration, design, painting, etc.

    Also within our park, maintenance, cleaning of trails and gardens, signage, construction, masonry, carpentry, landscaping, reforestation, cultivation of native species, invasive species control, guidance, monitoring, research, vegetable and fruits culture, etc.

    We are eager to start and develop long-term projects like permaculture, organic farming, beekeeping, healing and ecotourism.


    Necesitamos voluntarios que puedan comunicarse en español pues nuestro personal sólo habla este idioma.
    Esperamos que los voluntarios cumplan formalmente con el período acordado, en caso contrario no deberían hacer la solicitud y dar oportunidad a otros voluntarios que si están dispuestos a participar en nuestro proyecto.
    Se les pedirá una conversación vía What's App para asegurar que todo quede claro antes de submitirse como voluntario/practicante.

    Estamos buscando:

    Un voluntario para recepción y atención a turistas.
    Un voluntario para mantenimiento general.
    Voluntarios multifacéticos para largo plazo.
    Artistas, carpinteros, biólogos, diseñadores gráficos, creadores de contenido.

    Necesitamos ayuda para mejorar nuestros servicios de restaurante y alojamiento como limpieza, mantenimiento, construcción, decoración, diseño, pintura, arte,
    Tambien dentro de nuestro parque, mantenimiento, limpieza de senderos y jardines, señalización, construcción, mampostería, carpintería, diseño de jardínes, reforestación, cultivo de especies nativas, control de especies invasoras, guiado, monitoreo, investigación, cultivo de hortalizas y frutales, etc.

    Deseosos de comenzar y desarrollar proyectos a largo plazo de permacultura, agricultura orgánica, apicultura, sanación y ecoturismo.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Quechua: Fluent
    French: Beginner

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The project is located in an area surrounded by lush vegetation which run rivers and beautiful waterfalls. It is located just below the Waynapicchu, 2km (half hour) way of Machu Picchu.

    Our house has a terrace with beautiful view of the mountains, big garden, organic bananas and avocados, access to the forest and pristine rivers.

    We offer a bed in a rustic and shared bedroom or campground if prefered, wi- fi and a friendly and familiar atmosphere where mutual respect and appreciation prevails.

    We offer 3 meals per day one working days and 1 meal on free days.
    Since food can be different from the one you are used to, you are free to bring your own fruits or other groceries. Please notice, there is not a kitchen for use.

    El proyecto se localiza en un area rodeada de exhuberante vegetación donde discurren rios y hermosas cascadas. Está ubicado justo debajo del Waynapicchu, a 2Km (media hora) del camino a Machupicchu.

    Nuestra casa cuenta con terraza con hermosa vista a las montañas, jardines inmensos, plátanos y paltas orgánicas, accesos al bosque y rios de aguas cristalinas.

    Ofrecemos habitaciones sencillas o lugares en nuestro camping si lo prefieren, internet wi-fi y un ambiente y trato familiar donde prevalece el respeto y gratitud mutua.

    Ofrecemos 3 comidas al día los días de trabajo y 1 comida en sus días libres. Como nuestra comida es diferente a la que acostumbran, pueden sentirse libres de traer lo que necesiten como frutas o golosinas por ejemplo. Por favor sepa que no hay una cocina para usar.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are very close to Machupicchu, you can come to our area on a mini-van or by train from Cusco (mini-van is cheaper). We will assist volunteers to get to our area. We can organize going together to Machupicchu and other excursions to beautiful atractions in our area.

    We had really nice experiences with volunteers from all over the world which has permitted us to exchange culture and points of view, we have learned many things from each other, share experiences, have fun, made some short trips and adventures in nature.
    We are still in contact with them, we have become a familly and always remember their contribution, initiative and love to our initiative.

    Thank you Felix, Santiago, Valerie, Catalina, Rowan, Mariana, Amelia, Ricardo, Isabel, Jeff, Jason, Andrea Ponti y Andrea Jiménes, Charlie Aodhán, Manon, Fiona y Daniela, Andrea y Tanguy, Cort, Kamilla, Paige, Federico, Laura y David, Camila y Elena, Marie, Libero, Marion, Gaby, Francesco, Bruna, Irini, Jeremy, Luna, Christophe y Steven, Jotti, Sarah, Layla y Ross, Christophe Mermillod, Leonardo, Maciek, Simon, Annie, Angelique y Sarah Berry, Carla, Stella, Jasmin, Mikha, Caiden, Antoine y Nadège, Kim y Paul, Eleonora, Federico Fabriani, Leon, Cyril. Thanks to all our visitors who gave us some minutes of their journey to encourage us, share some ideas or even gave a hand in some tasks.

    Love to all.

    Erwin and Nelly

  • A little more information

    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have satellite internet and our electricity supply is generated by ourselves. We'd love to increase our presence on social media, sharing our content, improving it and creating contents, we are really bad at this and we would like to improve.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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