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In Peru, destinations to live like (and with)
the locals

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
Lake Titicaca is one of the highest navigable lakes in the world, shimmering in the Peruvian and Bolivian altiplano at an altitude of more than 12,000 feet. Scattered around the lake are a small handful of small islands; the Islands of the Sun and Moon in Bolivia, and Taquile and Amantaní in Peru.

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.

Misminay, Cusco
The Sacred Valley is a world-famous tourist destination. If you’d like to leave behind the buses and see how people have traditionally lived in the area, however, there are a number of options to get off the beaten path. One highly recommended option is
Misminay. The community is especially proud of its work as weavers, and you will see how local women turn wool into beautiful clothing and blankets.

Mórrope, Lambayeque
When they had to make mannequins of the ancient Mochica royals and commoners for the Señor de Sipán museum, archaeologist Walter Alva knew where to look for models: Mórrope. That is because the Morropanos are basically direct descendants of the ancient peoples who dominated Peru’s northern coast; more than a few people have referred to Mórrope as the “last
bastion of the Mochicas

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.

Sibayo, Arequipa
The Colca Canyon is a fantastic destination for nature lovers, with its towering rock faces and soaring condors. It is also a fascinating cultural destination, as well, as its valleys house both Quechua and Aymara-speaking peoples dedicated to a traditional way of life.

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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BRITISH COUPLE TIED THE KNOT IN ANDEAN STYLE
British couple has exchanged vows in a traditional Andean wedding in
the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Urubamba, Cusco. The ceremony was officiated by an Andean priest and featured a ritual offering to the
Pachamama, or Mother Earth. The couple, who are traveling the world
in a quest to find their favorite and most unique wedding destination,
arrived in Cusco last month to witness
the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) at the Inca fortress of
Sacsayhuaman.

 

 

MARIO TESTINO OPENS MATE
CULTURAL ORGANIZATION IN PERU

Famed Peruvian photographer Mario Testino inaugurated the
Mario Testino Association (MATE), his new not-for-profit
organization, in Lima.
About 200 guests attended the inauguration of the organization,
and its first show ‘Todo o Nada’ (‘All or nothing’). Testino – whose photographs have featured Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate Moss,
Madonna, and Julia Roberts, among others - said he
hoped the organization provides a platform for Peruvian artists,
locally and internationally. "I hope MATE becomes a place where
people can come to see my work as well as other works... to help
promote culture and show the world what Peruvian art is," Testino
was quoted."It's very important for young Peruvians to see that
they must use what they have to move forward," he added.
Jude Law, Kates Moss, Kristen Stewart, and other famous celebrities
sent Testino their best wishes, in a video posted by MATE.
The exhibit will be open to the public on July 27 and will remain on
display until December 23.

 


PLACIDO DOMINGO CONCERT

World famous Spanish tenor, Plácido Domingo, returns
to Peru to inaugurate Lima's Gran Teatro Nacional (Grand
National Theater). He will be performing alonside soprano
Ana María Martinez and Peru's National Symphonic
Orchestra. The evening's show will include sets from his
latest project Viva México. As a result, the night's special
guest will be Mexican actress Verónica Castro.

 


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Some more very happy clients, they said they had an
unbelievably wonderful holiday, and again guides all
wonderful, so knowledgeable. 


Thank you again.

Kind regards,

Gill Thorp

 

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