We are the “Holgado” family and have lived in this part of the world for many generations. Our community is called Chalway, which is part of the Santa Teresa town in Cusco, Peru. Traditionally we have been farmers and traders of local products. In the past, we were the middle point between the trading route of Mollepata and Santa Teresa. Typically, Mollepata traded products such as livestock (dried /salted meat), corn and barley products, as well as the famous “agua ardiente “ literally translated as “burning wáter” or more commonly known as “moonshine” which is a delicious alcoholic beverage similar to whisky. They interchanged and bartered their products in Santa Teresa for coffee, cocoa, achuete (annatto), bananas and other fruits that are not cultivated in Mollepata. So historically and for many centuries, our small village was the centre of the Exchange of products and a resting place for the ancient traders who exchanged their products between villages.
In the past, we offered basic lodgings to the neighbouring villagers and with the onset of tourism in the area in more recent years, the travel agencies started to visit the area en massive numbers bringing with them their own team of guides, mulemen, cooks etc from Cusco and we dedicated or time to seling basic snacks and wáter , sodas etc, However now that wehave The Salkantay refuges, we are able to offer our own homes which offer respite, food and services to hikers on the trek in the same way that our ancestors offered a resting place for the weary traders of the time. We are extremely happy to be able to offer these services to trekkers and at the same time be able to share these meetings with our guests.