Hospitality Training Center – QuinuaQ
QuinuaQ is a hospitality training centre and resto-bar established by Mama Alice. QuinuaQ is a place for Peruvian and international tourists to enjoy a breathtaking view while enjoying delicious meals and signature cocktails. The resto-bar offers Peruvian food and drinks including specialities from Ayacucho, with international influences. In addition to the resto-bar, QuinuaQ offers great activities such as mountain biking, climbing trails, a gnome village, and a shop with products made by the Mamitas.
QuinuaQ’s primary goal is to create training, internships and employment for young local people. Annually, between 20 and 50 apprentices receive vocational training at QuinuaQ. Our apprentices gain more practical experience, more holistic training and better social skills than apprentices in other centres, so companies love to contract our students after graduation.
A second important goal of QuinuaQ’s is to generate income for Mama Alice, enabling the charity to help fight poverty in the poorest communities of Ayacucho while becoming less dependent on donations from abroad. QuinuaQ was created as a social enterprise to generate income, as Mama Alice is a non-profit organization.
Our other goals:
- Promote the use of sustainable construction and environmentally-friendly materials.
- Inform, mobilize, and enthuse visitors and employees about nature and environmental issues.
- Promote sustainable tourism and hospitality.
- Create an environment in which cultures and socio-economic groups come together, breaking down social barriers.
- Promote the history, culture, and identity of the surroundings of Ayacucho.
- Be an example for other NGOs who want to become less dependent and more sustainable.
The name QuinuaQ stands for Quinua Querida (Quinua, my dearest). This name celebrates the location (the village is called Quinua), and the love of local food and culture that we would like to share with our guests – especially the two Quinua house speciality plates.
Within the first year of the existence of QuinuaQ, the restaurant was ranked “fourth best restaurant in Ayacucho ” on Tripadvisor. We are aiming to become the best restaurant in Ayacucho.
For more information, please visit: www.quinuaq.com/