The Intitambo Hotel is proud to partner with local NGOs that support educational initiatives for the surrounding communities. For rooms booked directly on the Intitambo website, the hotel donates $2 to support the Pallata Community Education Center (Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu in Spanish and Quechua, or CEPA).
Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu is a community learning center co-developed with members of the rural Indigenous (Quechua) community of Pallata. The education center was created so that students can have access to culturally sustaining, community-identified educational needs. Designed for children and adult learners, CEPA houses courses taught by both local indigenous leaders, local and international teachers, and volunteers, to facilitate culturally grounded literacy, computer, and community development courses.
The mission of CEPA is to provide community identified educational needs in a culturally grounded environment close to home. The NGO currently serves 40 students and their parents, for a total of 70 benificiaries. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 3:30-7:00pm.
Pallata is about a 20 minute drive or two hour walk from Ollantaytambo. Visitors of the Intitambo Hotel are welcome to visit the project, accompanied by the hotel owner, Juan Loyaza, who has spent over 40 years working with rural communities and leading tours. Schedule a time at the front desk if interested.
We are also looking for volunteers! Check out our volunteer opportunities .
Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu History
The original idea for the NGO came from the community of Pallata, who approached Alberto Loyaza, nephew of hotel owner Juan Loayaza, about the lack of quality educational opporutnites and their desire to gain access to computer skills.
Alberto in turn approached Joe Levitan, a long time friend, with the idea to create a new project. A teacher and educational researcher, Joe has worked in the Sacred Valley since 2009 facilitating access to quality education for indigenous students. Along with Kayla, his partner and a teacher and educational reseacher as well, the three partnered with the community of Pallata leaders to co-develop the NGO.
[Picture Joseph Levitan]
[Picture of community support]
As a new NGO, we are just getting underway, but with the high level of support from the community we have big plans for the Center. We hope to offer a number of other classes, including medicinal plant identification, local agricultural practices, computer literacy, cultually grounded community development, and financial literacy courses.
We are also looking to be certified by the regional office of Educational Administration so that we can be recognized as a form of professional school and provide certificates to our graduates. We plan to grow slowly but steadily to reach these goals. The partnership with the Intitambo Hotel is our first step towards self-sustainability, and we look forward to accomplishing our goals together!