Southern Peru is more than just Machu Picchu! Bike down the Andes into the pastoral Andean Acomayo valley just outside of Cusco for an immersive host family stay. Walk along the Inca Trail and learn about an authentic and traditional Andean way of life (Price range depends on number of people on the trip).
Just a few hours from Cusco, the rural province of Acomayo is a gorgeous pastoral area and home to many small farming villages and traditional homes. This tour includes a bicycle descent from the Andes mountains, through rolling hills, into the tiny town of San Juan Quiwares, where you will stay with a local host family and immerse yourself in rural Andean life. Walk along the Inca Trail and choose among hikes with fantastic views including a visit to a colonial church with al fresco paintings by a famed muralist.
Cuzco – San Juan Quiwares
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and head to the Mayombamba Pass, which is about 4,000 meters (~13,000 feet) above sea level. There are fantastic views from the pass of the surrounding mountains, including Ausangate, Veronica, and Salkantay. You will descend from the pass by bicycle on a country road, passing small towns, farms, and grazing llamas on the way. After about three hours, you will arrive in the town of San Juan Quiwares, where you will have lunch with your host family and explore the town, which is built on a hillside, with fantastic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
In the afternoon, you will visit the town of Rondocan, home to a colonial church with al fresco paintings by the colonial muralist Bernardo Bendetti, whose work appears in the most important cathedrals and churches in Cuzco, Arequipa, and Lima.
Back in San Juan Quiwares, your host family will prepare a traditional dinner using local ingredients and chat with you about life in rural Peru.
San Juan Quiwares – Lucre – Cuzco
You will rise early with your host family to help with morning chores and preparing breakfast. Depending on the season, this could mean planting or harvesting corn or potatoes, or caring for the livestock.
After breakfast, you will depart the host family’s home and walk along the original Inca trail to the town of Lucre, including a picnic lunch at Quelca Pucara Pampa. Your transport will be waiting for you in Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel by early evening.
In the morning we will rise early with our host family in order to help with morning chores and prepare breakfast. Depending on the season, this could include harvesting or planting corn and potatoes or caring for livestock. After breakfast we will say goodbye to family members and set out on the hike toward the town of Lucre. We will walk along an original Inca trail along the way, and stop for a picnic lunch at Quelca Pucara Pampa before continuing along a pretty river to Lucre. Our transport will be waiting for us in town for return to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel in the early evening.
Note about the itinerary: The bike ride on the first day is optional. It is possible to stay additional days with your host family.
Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, Domingo’s love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When he was just a kid, his family moved to Cusco, where he discovered his love for tourism. Domingo’s first job in tourism was as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired him to become one as well. He went to school to study tourism. He tells us that the day that he finally got his license as an official tour guide was one of the best days in his life. It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, he still gets excited every time he guides travelers on a tour. A few years ago, he decided to begin his own tour company. His hope was that through his tours, he could show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.
Among Domingo’s hobbies, he loves photography and he is an amateur photographer. And he has the perfect job to learn and improve his photography skills everyday, he always brings his camera with him.
He was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, he learned from his parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining the indigenous culture’s age-old traditions. Although he left this small town at a very young age to attend elementary school in Cusco, he has carried this appreciation for ancient culture his whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, he was able to expand his knowledge of his ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, he became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been a great honor and a dream come true.
Urbano is currently working on building a new home, and although he recognises that it’s been quite a hard work, he absolutely loves it! In his free time, he also love spending as much time as possible with his wife and two little kids!
Huber also grew up in a small town in the Sacred Valley so he was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, he always admired the tour guides passing through his town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. Huber became determined that he too would become a tour guide. As soon as he was old enough, he moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, he has been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking his guests on the “typical” paths, he wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. He also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching the travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.
Growing up, huber has always loved fishing, particularly for river trout. Now as an adult he has begun to rediscover this passion! And he also has recently discovered a new passion for birdwatching, and his goal to keep learning even more so he can lead his own birdwatching tours soon.
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