The Museum of Andean History and Culture (MAHAC) is a long-term project of the Kuyayky Foundation to build a museum with an eco-friendly and sustainable infrastructure that will serve to collect, preserve and display objects of great historic, scientific and artistic value.
MAHAC’s mission will be to celebrate not only the past of Andean culture, but also the present. As such it intends to be a center for exhibition, research, and performance where Andeanists from around the world will be able to meet, study, learn from, and teach.
The creation of this center will fill a gap concerning the revaluation of Andean cultural identity. MAHAC’s programs will be multidisciplinary encompassing, science, the humanities, arts and culture and will be oriented towards adults, youth and children.
The purpose of the museum is to comprehensively recover ancestral knowledge about the Andean worldview from both the local communities and visitors (tourists and researchers) who wish to contribute and educate themselves about Andean culture.
At the same time, the aim is also to develop sustainable tourism within the region of the Mantaro Valley while showcasing the contributions offered by Andean men and women to humanity. Because of its location and its constant involvement with the local communities MAHAC will provide a unique opportunity for rural communities to interact with tourists, artists, and institutions from around the country and the world in a completely different context.
LOCATION: The future site of MAHAC is Kukally, situated in the Central Andes of Peru, west of the
city of Jauja. From its elevated location (12,000 feet), during the day it is possible
to see archeological sites such as the great pre-Inca city of Siquil-
lapucara, the Capac ñan (Inca Trail), the Tragadero lake and the
Yacu Mayo (Mantaro river). At night, Kukally is an excellent site for stargazing, feeling a true immersion between man and the cosmos.
Kukally is of easy access, through the Central Highway, by train
or through the Francisco Carle Airport.
SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS
This project is international in scope and should involve both the local communities Peruvian universities and research centers
as well as foreign tourists in Peru and around the world.
Sector: Education and Tourism
Clients: Local population of surrounding communities, Peruvian and foreign tourists
– Financial resources
– Availability of water
– Disposition of the villagers to participate in the project
– Access to infrastructure
– Lack of tourism infrastructure in the area (hotels, restaurants)
Products / Results:
-Integration of research related to the Andean culture (which is currently scattered).
-Promotion of economic development and tourism in the area.
-Construction of a museum of international scope.
-Establishment of agricultural areas with Andean ancestral technology
-Integration of the latest environmental technology (water harvesting, solar panels,
geothermal energy, etc..)
-Kuyayky Foundation staff and volunteers
-Local authorities, communities, volunteers
-Universities, private and public organizations national and international
Philanthropic donations, government grants, scholarships, fundraisers
and other activities.