Orientation With thatched roofs on almost every house, women in traditional garb, mountain bikes, and a river raft, Sibayo offers an unusual combination of traditional and modern activities and attractions. Just under an hour drive from the popular tourist hub of Chivay, Sibayo is one of the most overlooked towns in the Colca Valley, but […]
With thatched roofs on almost every house, women in traditional garb, mountain bikes, and a river raft, Sibayo offers an unusual combination of traditional and modern activities and attractions.
Just under an hour drive from the popular tourist hub of Chivay, Sibayo is one of the most overlooked towns in the Colca Valley, but also one of the most charming and exciting. The locals are proud of their heritage and happy to share their food, their customs, and their homes with adventurous travelers.
(Note: The activities in Sibayo are organized and run by the tourism bureau and locally owned operators. As far as we, and the Peace Corps volunteers who have lived in the area, can tell, most of the money from these activities does indeed stay in the community and benefit the locals.)
(Also: While you are of course perfectly welcome to just show up here and look around, if you want to do one of the activities or tours, definitely contact them ahead of time (even just a day’s heads up) – the info is at the bottom of this page.)
Mountain biking is a great way to get a better perspective, both literally and ecologically, of the Colca valley. Make stops at the Q’ello Q’ello lookout for a view of the Sabancaya, Hampato, and Mismi volcanoes, as well as a local alpaca farm to learn about raising alpacas and llamas.
Length of Trip: 3 hours (leave at 7 AM)
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Includes: Guide, breakfast, lunch, bikes and equipment
The Incans used to use llamas as trade vehicles, loading them with goods and trekking from the coast to Cusco, to exchange fish for inland produce. For those interested in the most authentic possible way to get to Cusco, the fine folk of Sibayo offer a 15 day round-trip trek from Sibayo to Cusco and back, accompanied the entire time by a heard of burden-bearing llamas. A handful of locals guide the trek, tend the llamas, and cook your food. Even our local contact admitted that you have to be a little crazy to do this, but we like crazy people – they have the best stories.
Price: Contact Filemon (below) about size of group and other details.
This tour explores the cultural evolution of Sibayo with visits to and commentary on its most important historical attractions, including: the Cural House, the San Juan Bautista church, the Santa Maria Lookout, the Paraccra Archaeological Center (which has a mummy), the Colca River, the Colgante River, and the Eco-Museum. Local families accompany you throughout the tour, adding their own insight and commentary.
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Length of Tour: One day, beginning at 9:30 AM
Includes: Three meals, snacks, lodging, a local guide, admission to the Eco-Museum
Wear the native dress, drink the native drink, and dance the native dance as families from Sibayo teach you their traditional dances. During the day, visit some of the local cultural and historic attractions, including: the Santa Maria lookout, the San Juan Bautista church, and the Colgante Bridge.
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Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Live with a family for the night and learn about their culture, their way of life, their food, and their legends. A great way to experience local traditions and living, without being ridiculously uncomfortable (the beds are decent and the showers have hot water).
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Includes: Dinner, Breakfast, Lodging, Cultural Exchange Activities
The best way to see the artisan process is by visiting the Collagua Culture Eco-Museum (Ecomuseo de la Cultura Collagua). Here, you can see how local artisan women turn alpaca (fluffy llamas) fiber into blankets, scarfs, and other products.
Entry Price: S/.7.00
Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
We encourage you to organize your lodging and dining through Filemon, who rotates tourists among 12 families in the community.
When you email or call, you will either be contacting Filemon or Edgar.
For Reservations: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 9-5651-4799; 9-5606-9932