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In Peru, destinations to live like (and with)
Most travelers to Peru interact with Peru’s indigenous cultures in one of two ways: they either see the remains of the cultures’ past at places like Machu Picchu or Chan Chan, or they see a kitschy, touristy version of it (posing for photographs with an alpaca in the Colca Canyon or the dancers at a restaurant in Cusco, for example).
More and more tourists, however, are seeking a more authentic glimpse into how people live in Peru’s countryside. This has given rise to a boomlet in so-called turismo vivencial, or homestay tourism, in which visitors can live within local communities and learn about their way of life.
Here are some great options for homestay tourism:
Isla Amantaní, Puno
Taquile has been on the tourist circuit longer than its compatriot Amantaní, but according to seasoned travelers, it is Amantaní that preserves a more authentic experience. Here, you can learn about the customs of the islanders, as well as their handicrafts and their lifestyle. Meanwhile, you will be surrounded by miles and miles of Lake Titicaca’s blue waters.
Mórrope’s inheritance was not just physiological, however. It was also cultural. The town still remains a hotspot for traditional ceramics, cooking and music. There are locals who still harvest local cotton and turn it into weavings as their ancestors did thousands of years ago.
The town is also home to a sixteenth-century church, which combines Spanish and indigenous elements, both in architecture and worship. Community tourism is just beginning in Mórrope, and the town is in the process of finding more homes to house visitors.
Visitors stay with local families, and local guides lead them on hikes to explore small canyons, caves and other local attractions, all while providing lessons on local culture. Some 700 visitors per year stay in the community.
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