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A Secret Gem In The Sacred Valley: Make Casa Camacho Your Home Away From Home

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Casa Camacho is one of those rare places that you are likely to never forget about. Many of those who come here to stay end up returning sometime later to make it a longer-term home. The house attracts artists and creatives, adventurous travelers, spiritual seekers, and those seeking a deep and authentic connection with Andean life.

Photo: Scott Montgomery

I came here five years ago, and never left

I found my way to Casa Camacho back in 2013, while I was out exploring the hillsides surrounding Pisac. Through an open doorway, I spotted a garden of colorful flowers in full bloom, and like many others who find their way to this special place, I felt the urge to come in and take a look.

I was greeted by the owners, Ynez and Juan, who offered me a gigantic hug and invited me to come and sit inside and have a cup of tea. I quickly learned from Ynez that she and her family, year by year, had built the property with their own hands. Years ago, they used to live in a shack. Travelers would occasionally trickle-in to visit them, looking for a quiet place to stay beside the ruins of Inti Huatana. With the money that they earned these visitors, they slowly began to build a space that is now designed to hold up to 15 guests at once. 

Since this day, I’ve continued to call Casa Camacho my home.

A family who shows us what it means to open our hearts

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One of the reasons that I’ve decided to stay here for so long is because of the genuine care that I’ve sensed from the Camacho family. When we visit hotels while traveling, we’re often told by owners that we are welcome, just like family. But oftentimes despite the words they express, it doesn’t actually feel this way. It feels more like a business, and we’re often treated as clients who are coming and going. It’s not that there is anything wrong with this; most of us grow to expect that the relationship between clients and business owners contains within it the implication of distance.

But at Casa Camacho, this is clearly not the case.

When you come to stay here, you are likely to feel yourself immediately included in a close community, which has been forged through the genuine care of the owners. This can be important for travelers who are seeking a way to connect deeply with the community, and place. 

Adventures from all over the world who find their way here by word of mouth

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I wish that I’d had the presence of mind to take photographs of all of the inspiring travelers who I’ve met while living at Casa Camacho. The house has always attracted the types of people who are independent-minded and have wishes to forge a relationship through community. If you come to stay here, you’re likely to meet musicians, artists, and travelers with ambitions to go on their own. 

Photo: Scott Montgomery

Residents of the house often come together after sun-down for potlucks, and to share music and stories around the fire. At the same time, it’s not a place for partiers; rarely do people come here to drink. More often than not, people come to stay here and to integrate themselves back into society after retreats, working with plant medicines, and other kinds of transformational experiences.

Gardens, flowers, traditional and authentic Andean life

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The owners Juan and Ynez continue to embrace their ancestral ways of living. A central part of this is by connecting with the Pachamama, mother earth.

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The family continues to tend to organic gardens, which produce vegetables that they often share with guests. Juan makes weekly trips into the mountains with his dilapidated truck in order to collect spring water from a secret spot which he claims offers the highest quality and most nutrient-rich water in all of the Andes.

Connection to indigenous communities in the mountains above

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The house is located on a hillside, about a 20-minute walk to the town of Pisac. But you can also grab a cab, or jump into a shared van in order to get there faster, in less than five minutes. In the other direction, the road winds into mystifying heights above the Sacred Valley to a place known as The Potato Park, where more than a dozen indigenous communities live traditionally by cultivating potatoes, grazing llamas, and weaving textiles. As both Ynez and Juan grew up in these communities, Casa Camacho is a great place to base yourself in order to establish a deeper connection with the indigenous communities located in the mountains above.

In the backyard of Inti Huatana, Pisac’s great ruins

Casa Camacho is located a 10-minute walk from the ruins of Apu Inti Huatana, which are some of the most impressive ruins in all of the Sacred Valley. Those who stay here can wander along the base of this mountain, and probably do so without seeing anybody else along the way.

Visit Casa Camacho

Are you interested in coming to stay at Camacho? Reach out on their facebook page. If you speak Spanish, give the owners a call at 54 984 435 093. For English, you are welcome to reach out to me at scott@voyagewithscott.com, and I’m happy to help you out.

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Scott Montgomery is a multi-medium storyteller and holistic creative, a travel guide and transformational coach, whose core mission is to help others to live authentically with purpose and intention in order to make an impact in the world. After earning his masters degree in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2013, he made the move to Peru in order to write about indigenous communities of the jungles and the Andes, and to explore what this might have to do with his own life path. These years of traveling and living across the country have helped him to embrace a more purposeful lifestyle that's guided by the values of collaboration, creativity, and transformation. To find out more about what Scott's up to and how you can get involved, visit his personal website www.voyagewithscott.com