You will walk along a section of the great Qhapaq Ñan or Inca trail that is still intact in this area of Lake Titicaca. Pukara men and women, Incas, soldiers, priests, slaves as well as slave traders walked along this section of the Qhapaq Ñan and now a traveller like you will walk along this trek accompanied by a herd of llamas and guided by the local people themselves.
The people of Jayujayuni are guardians of their ancestral culture and have organised themselves to offer a learning experience in which they gladly share stories about their natural medicine, the raising of their local animals, their music and dance. In addition, Jayujayuni families have been trained in conservation principles, sustainability and biosecurity protocols.
8:30 am Departure from Puno
9:00 am Welcome: presentation of the community organization and first insights on the trail.
9:20 am Walk on the Qhapaq Ñan
10:20 am Ceremony of “Pago a la tierra” in Apacheta Alta – the highest point of the trek.
10:35 am Hike in the Stone Forest or Enchanted Valley Tiritiri
11:10 am Arrival at the community centre and demonstration of ancestral knowledge about aromatic plants.
11:40 am Tasting of snacks or relaxing “mates” (teas).
12:00 am Festive farewell: dance “Varados de Ichu”.
Photography credits: Giulianna Camarena Montenegro / PNUD Perú / Qhapaq Ñan
I was born in Arequipa. I have been in tourism since I was 15 years old and I have worked as a tour guide in French, English, German and Spanish. I studied Historical-Archaeological Sciences at the Santa Maria Catholic University of Arequipa and later I did a Master’s Degree in Public Policy for International Development at Duke University in North Carolina, USA.
I have lived and worked in the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca for 16 years. I currently live in Barcelona and continue working to develop sustainable tourism in Peru. Every year I return to my country with the aim of developing and supporting unique, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourist experiences. My special interest is the identification of economic opportunities for rural communities. My purpose is to use tourism as a tool for social, cultural and economic development in Peru and to promote the dissemination of our culture and ancestral knowledge for the benefit of the visitor and the local people.
I am committed to sustainable and responsible tourism because, well done, the tourism industry is a powerful development tool. With responsible tourism we manage to make the visitor enjoy a transformative experience and the local population to reinforce their self-esteem and value their cultural identity while receiving economic income that allows them to improve the education and health of their children.