Maps of Q’ero

Heart Walk Foundation has project sites in the Quico and Hapu (Japu) territories of the Q’ero nation. These hamlets lie in extremely rugged and remote areas of the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, quite removed from the Inca capital city of Cuzco.

The new Inter-oceanic highway (the red line on this map) connects the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. It requires strenuous hiking to reach each of the Hapu villages.

We also have several projects in Hueco Uno close to the town of Ocongate, where many Q’ero who have left the more remote regions have settled.

These Q’ero communities are more isolated both geographically and culturally than most indigenous Andean communities. This is one of the reasons that they have been able to live in a way that preserves ancient Inca traditions. This isolation is also one of their greatest hardships.