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The Very Best Homestay Tours in Colca Canyon

15 Sep

The Very Best Homestay Tours in Colca Canyon

Why are homestay tours in Colca Canyon so special?

You’ve probably heard about Peru’s famous Colca Canyon.

After all, it is the second deepest canyon in the world.

But, what you might not know is that the Colca Canyon is more than just a great place to experience incredible natural wonders.

Yes, it’s got giant condors, majestic volcanoes, hot springs and trekking adventures.

However, if you take the time to look a little deeper, you will find a region that is also rich in history and tradition.

The Collagua people of the Colca Valley have a culture that predates the Incas.

It is believed they arrived in the area about 1000 years ago.

Homestay tours in the Colca Canyon - Collagua women of Yanque.

Collagua women of Yanque.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon allow visitors to gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating culture through local immersion.

Enjoy homestays with Collagua families, eat traditional foods and get a glimpse of everyday living in the Colca Valley’s rural communities.

You will learn about local customs and activities like wool spinning, trout fishing and alpaca shearing.

Experience traditional music and dancing, dress up in conventional clothing and even take a walk with a herd of llamas.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon showcase the best of the region’s natural wonders, including hiking, hot springs and condors, but also offer a deeper insight into the lives of its people.

Here’s just a few of the reasons why a 3-day Cultural Immersion Experience is the best way to visit Peru’s Colca Valley.

 

See vicuñas and volcanoes as you approach the Colca Valley

Homestay tours in the Colca Canyon - Vicuna.

Vicunas are a relative of the llama.

Your journey begins in Arequipa and yet before you even touch down in the remarkable Colca Valley, you get the opportunity to see some local Andean wildlife.

Witness herds of vicuñas in their natural habitat in the Pampa Cañahua National Park.

Vicuñas are a relative of the llama known for producing extremely fine wool.

The Incas valued vicuñas for their wool so much so that it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear garments made from vicuña.

You will get to enjoy breathtaking volcano vistas from Patapampa Pass, which is located at almost 5000 metres in altitude.

Marvel at the spectacular Ampato, Sabankaya and Hualca-Hualca peaks, along with hundreds of apachetas (stone towers) created as offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Nature.

 

Enjoy warm hospitality and home cooking at Casa Bella Flor

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Casa Bella Flor in Yanque.

A warm local welcome to Casa Bella Flor.

After arriving in the tranquil town of Yanque, you’ll be swept up in the warm hospitality that our homestay tours in Colca Canyon are known for.

At Casa Bella Flor, you’ll discover a cosy bed and breakfast with friendly staff and a lovely garden setting.

And, let’s not forget that an integral part of these homestay tours in Colca Canyon is the delicious local cuisine you get to devour.

Feast on traditional, homemade local food, including trout, chicken or alpaca steak.

Señora Hilde is famous for her delicious soups, full of tasty local vegetables, a secret blend of spices and creamy local cheese.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Lunch at Casa Bella Flor.

Senora Hilde’s delicious soup.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Lunch at Casa Bella Flor.

Lunch at Casa Bella Flor in Yanque.

Each dish is made with love and it really reflects the warm and welcoming nature of the Collagua people.

You can take breakfast in the picturesque garden, where there is nothing to disturb you but the gentle rustling of the trees, the soft chirping of birds and buzzing of bees.

Fuel up on fresh fruits, juice, salad and crepes, not to mention warm bread served right from the oven in its clay baking dish.

Dinner is served by the cosy fireplace and you can watch your alpaca steak being cooked right in front of your eyes.

It doesn’t get fresher than this!

Insider tip: Be sure to try Casa Bella Flor’s renowned quinoa crepe – it’s delicious!

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Quinoa crepe.

Local delicacy: Quinoa crepe.

Explore undiscovered ruins and pre-Inca tombs

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon.

The pre-Inca ruins of Uyo Uyo, near Yanque.

When you take part in our cultural homestay tours in Colca Canyon, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on trekking, natural wonders or ruins.

A short guided hike through the lovely local landscape will help you get to know the town of Yanque.

Enjoy views of the impressive agricultural terraces that define the Colca Valley as you traverse this scenic trail.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Agricultural terraces.

Stunning views of the Colca Valley, including agricultural terraces.

Cross the Colca River and discover ancient pre-Inca tombs of the Collaguas etched into the side of the cliff.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Pre-Inca tombs.

Pre-Inca tombs near Yanque.

Explore the ruins of Uyo Uyo, which remain largely undiscovered by tourists.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Uyo Uyo.

Wander the quiet ruins of Uyo Uyo.

Travel back in time as you wander among these ancient stone houses, the main square where the villagers once gathered and the historic church.

 

Learn local skills like wool spinning and candle-making

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Wool demonstration.

Wool demonstration in Yanque.

Skills such as candle-making, textile making, wool spinning and agriculture are predominant among the Collagua people.

During our educational homestay tours in Colca Canyon, you can watch demonstrations by local craftspeople.

Be awed by the art of wool spinning, which is actually harder than it looks!

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Wool spinning in Yanque.

Try your hand at wool spinning in Yanque.

Learn about different types of wool and about the traditional dress of the Collagua women.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Traditional dress in Yanque.

The traditional dress of the Collagua women of the Colca Valley.

These women wear satin blouses, embroidered vests and hats, and long velvet skirts with embroidered and lace trims.

One vest can take seven or eight days to make and although the embroidery is done by machine, the tailors don’t use a pattern.

They create incredibly elaborate designs using only their imaginations.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Embroidered vest.

Elaborately embroidered vest from the Colca Valley.

The women at Casa Bella Flor don’t wear these outfits every day, only on special occasions, because they are heavy and expensive.

Each skirt costs between $300-700 USD and some of the older women in the community will wear up to eight at once!

 

Bathe in your own private natural hot springs

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Hot springs in the Colca Valley.

Bathing in the region’s natural hot springs is the perfect way to relax.

When you choose one of our homestay tours in Colca Canyon, you get to experience the ultimate in relaxation: your own private hot springs experience.

Bask in a 40-degree natural thermal pool exclusive to Casa Bella Flor guests while you sip a glass of red wine and watch the sunset from across the valley.

Soon, you will be bathing under the stars, breathing in the cool night air and allowing the soothing warm water to melt your cares away.

These pools, fed by natural springs, are rich in minerals that cleanse and relax the body.

 

Explore Yanque’s market and make some furry friends

The town of Yanque is known for its morning market, in which locals gather in the main square to dance and sell homemade handicrafts and textiles.

Performing the indigenous Wititi dance, you will marvel at the dancers’ colourful costumes and their twirling velvet skirts.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Local dancing in Yanque.

Locals dance in the main square of Yanque.

After enjoying this dance showcase, take your time to stroll around the vibrant market.

Peruse the colourful wares and be greeted by the smiling faces of the locals.

Shop for warm knitted clothing, soft scarves or embroidered hats, while the smoking Sabancaya volcano provides a dramatic backdrop to this serene setting.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - local woman at Yanque market.

The smoking Sabancaya volcano provides a dramatic backdrop.

Also at the market, you can greet local wildlife and even have your photo taken with your new furry or feathered friends.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Boy with llama and falcon.

Get up close with the local wildlife at Yanque market.

A word of warning though; these guys are just so cute, it might be hard to drag yourself away.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Young llama.

Adorable: Young llama at Yanque market.

 

 

Witness the famous Andean condor in flight

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Andean condor.

The best place to see the famous Andean condor is at Cruz del Condor.

Peru’s Colca Canyon, and the entire Colca Valley region, is probably most famous for being home to the Andean condor.

With a wingspan of up to three metres, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world.

Visit the Cruz del Condor, or Condor Cross, to get up close with these majestic creatures.

While they are not the most beautiful birds, they certainly provide an impressive sight as they go gliding past at close range through the Colca Canyon.

Experience a traditional way of life at Samana Wasi

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Nieves and Eusebio at Samana Wasi.

Stay with a local family in Sibayo.

At Samana Wasi in Sibayo, you will be greeted by a local family in colourful traditional attire.

Nieves and Eusebio might not speak English, but through their kind eyes and gestures, they manage to convey a warm welcome.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Fishing in Sibayo.

Fishing in Sibayo.

In Sibayo, you will experience a quiet and traditional way of Andean living.

Take the opportunity to stroll down to the Colca River and try your luck at trout fishing.

You can also visit with local alpaca and llama herders to learn about the conventional practice of wool shearing.

 

Dress in traditional clothes and walk with llamas in Sibayo

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Tourists walking with llamas.

Dress up in traditional clothing and take a walk with a herd of llamas in Sibayo.

The town of Sibayo is famous for its ancient masonry; in fact, the word means ‘town of stones’ in Quechua.

Hence this is one of the most picturesque villages in the Colca Valley.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Tourists in traditional dress in Sibayo.

Have fun dressing up in traditional clothing and exploring the picturesque town of Sibayo.

This pleasant and peaceful township provides the perfect backdrop to dress up in traditional Collagua clothing and take a fun walk with a herd of llamas.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Tourists in local clothing.

Feel like a local when you dress in the traditional clothing of the Colca Valley.

Feel like a local as you walk in their shoes, exploring the local environment and getting close with these amiable Peruvian animals.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Llamas walking through Sibayo.

Take a walk with llamas through the town of Sibayo.

You can even visit the Mummy of Paraq’ra, also known as Juanito.

Located a short hike from town, Juanito’s well-preserved bones are positioned in the fetal position because the locals believe people must exit the world in the same way they entered it.

 

Party into the night with the locals

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Dancing around the fire.

Enjoy dancing around the fire with your homestay family.

Once night falls, you will experience a different side of life in the Colca Valley.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Hanging out with the local band.

You get to experience party time with the locals.

A true cultural experience and another great aspect of our homestay tours in Colca Canyon is the party you enjoy with the locals of Sibayo.

Dance the night away to infectious live music provided by a colourful band, your skirt or poncho flaring as you spin and twirl around the fire pit.

The locals will show you how to dance Collagua-style and yet, despite your best efforts, you probably won’t look as professional as they do.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Local dancing.

Making it look easy: Locals dancing in Sibayo.

But it’s still incredibly fun.

As well as the lively local music filling the air, so too will the sounds of laughter.

Your cheeks will hurt from smiling so much.

Take a scenic trek from Canacota to Chivay

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Colca River.

Enjoy picture perfect scenery between Canacota and Chivay.

This picturesque trek is a great opportunity to appreciate more of the Colca Valley’s natural highlights without having to exert yourself too much.

On this predominantly flat 7-kilometre trail that traces the Colca River, you are not likely to see many other tourists.

Furthermore, this path is an original Inca trail that will take you past scenic cliffs and dramatic rock formations.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Hiking along the Rio Colca.

Hiking along the Colca River.

See a variety of plant and bird life and be awed by the bubbling patches of river, where the water is naturally hot.

After your hike, you can relax your weary legs with a visit to Chivay’s famous hot springs.

 

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon – A cultural experience

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon offer something for everyone – nature, adventure, culture, history and excitement.

But, most importantly, this is so much more than a tour, it is a life-changing experience full of those precious moments we share with others.

Homestay tours in Colca Canyon - Dancing with the locals in Sibayo.

Having fun dancing with the locals in Sibayo.

 

 

Does this fantastic 3-day Cultural Immersion Experience sound right for you? Book now, or contact us for further details.

 

Visiting Peru’s Colca Canyon? Find alternative option for homestay tours in Colca Canyon:

  • View our Colca Canyon Trekking Tour here.
  • View our Colca Canyon Luxury Tour here.

 

 

 

Kristy Martin

Kristy is an Australian journalist and social media manager with a passion for world travel. She is currently exploring South America and sharing her adventures on her travel blog, everywhereplease.com

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