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In recent years the experiential tourism in Peru It has begun to take off having some success especially with foreign visitors. A tourism that allows you to live in your own meats the real Peru and its different cultures. You stay in their homes, eat their food and take long walks in areas where tourism is extremely limited.


Experiential tourism in Peru

Experiential tourism in Peru. Tourism without masses

At the foot of the snowy of Huandoy, a peak of 6360 meters high, there are several villages like Humachuco, not far from Huaraz. Its only mechanism of life is agriculture, livestock and the collection of ice from glaciers. Villages where very few people speak Spanish and where they only understand one of the 31 variants of theQuechua. Without shops and with only electricity, it is an ideal way to live Peru and disconnect from modern civilization.


Experiential tourism in Peru

In order to take advantage of the tourism boom, its inhabitants have begun to leave rooms in their homes to house tourists and live with them. Pure rural tourism. In fact, the citizens of Huandoy are assigning tourists to each of the houses in strict order since as a general rule they only have a small group at the same time throughout the town. This is at least what we found. Only us 2 for 3 days.


Experiential tourism in Peru

To start, it must be said that this is not luxury tourism. The houses are very modest and there is no television, coverage or anything like that. Simply here time runs very slowly and it is we who decide what to do.

The first day we decided to take a walk through the town and talk to its inhabitants. The first thing that struck us was the large number of children who had and luckily had their own school without having to travel very far each day.


Experiential tourism in Peru

We also saw many flower crops, whose destination is Lima. Another important detail is livestock, where chickens and pigs are the basis of their diet. In contrast, cows are not usually slaughtered and are generally used for milk, cheese and even as a means to plow the field.


Experiential tourism in Peru

Its main food is the Pachamanca. Its appearance may have been thrown back by many and its flavor is not spectacular either. It is a dish made in the heat of stones with different types of meat and vegetables.

On the road through Huandoy

The next day we made a small hiking trail of about 8 kilometers and little slope. Our goal was to reach a nearby lake which was supposed to be somewhat dry.


Experiential tourism in Peru

What we did not imagine was that some somewhat rabid Alpacas would attack us. Animals that in theory are calm but that in our case tried to bite us and seeing that they could not do it, they spit on us.


Experiential tourism in Peru

Luckily we were accompanied because for my part the issue of raising animals does not go with me. But in this case there was no choice.


Experiential tourism in Peru

We ended up at the foot of a road that reached the glaciers of the peak Huandoy where sadly 4 years ago, 9 farmers died collecting ice. A great avalanche ended their lives.


Experiential tourism in Peru

In total there were 3 days and two nights where we brought great memories. We live a different Peru that we would not have known otherwise.

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Practical data - Advice on the Pastoruri glacier

When to go to Pastoruri?

The best time is to do it in the dry season, which covers the months April until the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find the glacier covered by clouds or a movie day.

How to do it?

It is necessary to hire a tour in Huaraz. We really liked itChavin Tours, pioneers in this kind of activities throughout the Huaylas Alley.

Where to stay?

The accommodation is included in the tour. The place is inHumachucoOn the way back in Huaraz we have accommodation for all budgets:

  • Hostal Campo Base: budget accommodation in the center.
  • Hotel el patio de Monterrey: excellent hotel on the outskirts of Huaraz. Very pretty.
  • Hotel el Rubi: average price, comfortable, modern rooms and in good location.

Where to eat?

The only option in the house where you stay.

Once back in Huaraz We recommend 2 restaurants:

  • Bruno Pizza : a restaurant run by a Frenchman and a Peruvian who make a very tasty pasta and pizza.
  • Uncle Enrique : their specialty is sausages and imported beers.

What to wear

You need to take 3 layers and sometimes a down jacket or primaloft. Temperatures can be very low in some seasons. He too Looktamol It helps reduce the effects of altitude sickness or even chewing coca leaves that you can buy in any market. There are people who wear theSorojchi Pills, much more expensive but more effective than coca leaves.

Other excursions in the Cordillera Blanca

  • If you want to see glacial lagoons we recommend you visit theLlanganuco Lagoons.
  • If yours are temples, Chavin It will not disappoint you.
  • Elglaciar Pastoruri.

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