This remote community is located on the Lares Valley route, approximately nine kilometers up the mountain from the Sacred Valley (approximately three-four hours of uphill hiking). It is located in a very mountainous area, at the foot of a glacier with six lakes surrounding it, at an altitude of 4100 m. Currently, the community is only accessible by foot. Drinking water comes from an aquifer (though must be boiled to be potable) and water for irrigation comes from rivers supplied by glacier lakes. There is no electricity; however, electricity poles have been hand-carried up the mountain over the past two years, and have recently been installed with the hope of electricity in the near future.
Cancha Cancha is an agricultural and weaving community. Due to its high elevation, potatoes are the main crop. The community shares three collective greenhouses where vegetables are grown, but this does not produce a sufficient amount of food to feed everyone. Other resources include native trees such as qaunia and cacha conqo. The plants they use for dyeing include panti, chiri chiri, ccumu ccumu, q'eto, chunkay, and huarmi. The community is very committed to conserving naturally grown plants and sustainable forms of harvesting.
The traditional way of life is still very strong in Cancha Cancha; whilst students often learn in Spanish they are deeply committed to the heritage of the Quechua language. The community often makes offerings to the earth and animals with coca, wheat, fruits, and flowers. They also value ayni, which is the Andean tradition of reciprocity. The weaving heritage is strong within Cancha Cancha and they have been partnering with Mosqoy since 2009. Passing on the weaving tradition is deemed important as they do not want Incan traditions to be lost. Cancha Cancha is Mosqoy’s only partner community that still raises and shears alpacas as one of its primary practices, and which hand-spins its own alpaca fibre as a proud part of its textile tradition.