cover image: Anantapata Tambo © Andean Lodges – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
Andean Lodges is a privately owned tourism company founded with the goal of preserving and safeguarding the cultural heritage and ecological integrity of the Ausangate region. Its goal was to create a circuit around Mt. Ausangate that strategically positions ecolodges at key sites and includes local communities in actively presenting their heritage. Since 2016, four ecolodges have been built, and dozens of both full-time and part-time jobs have been created for the Indigenous Quechua villagers. The local women weavers of the Ausangate communities have also become an integral part of the project, as they present their handcrafts to visitors.