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The Apu Ausangate homestay takes place in the community of Pacchanta, a well-known but remote area just below majestic Ausangate, the glacier-covered masiff located approximately three and a half hours outside of Cusco. The people of Pacchanta farm potatoes and raise alpaca as their primary sources of income and sustenance, and are also known for their beautiful handwoven textiles. This homestay tour promises breathtaking scenery and immersion in rural life in the high Andes!
Morning departure from Cusco for the village of Pacchanta, located at the foot of the breathtaking Ausangate masiff. Ausangate is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota, among the largest glaciated areas of Peru. It is also an Apu, or mountain deity, in traditional Andean beliefs. After a stop in the town of Tinqui to explore a bit, you will continue to Pacchanta. After meeting your host family, take some time to get settled in your modest but comfortable room before enjoying a family lunch.
Pacchanta and surrounding villages are known for their spiritual leaders, or paqos, and you will meet with one this afternoon. Depending on your preference, you can participate in a ceremony, or just listen to the paqo speak (via Quechua-English translation) about his position and work. In the evening, enjoy a soak in the local hot springs before dinner with your host family.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
After an early breakfast, we set out for a short hike to enjoy gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks and countryside. The exact route can be modified to match your interests and level of physical fitness. You will return to Pacchanta for a shared lunch with our homestay family, then travel back to Cusco. Early evening arrival at your Cusco hotel.
This is a high altitude homestay, so travelers should spend some time in Cusco, Puno, or a similar altitude prior to departure. It`s also quite cold at night. The tradeoff is that the area is absolutely beautiful, and the community is very traditional. You will also get to see a ton of llamas and alpacas!
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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