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Hosts of the Great Inca Trail, the Qhapaq Ñan, on Lake Titicaca

A Unique Cultural Experience!
A Unique Cultural Experience!
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  • 3 Hours
  • Group Size: 2 - 10
  • All year round

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

Price Includes

  • Private transportation to/from Puno and back.
  • Spanish speaking local guide of the community
  • English speaking guide
  • Accompaniment with llamas and music
  • Ritual demonstration at the top of the trail
  • Box lunch
  • Farewell: dance and music
  • 1 surgical mask per person
  • Covid safety protocol measures

Price Excludes

  • Artisans
  • Photo session with native costumes
  • Rental of trekking sticks and rain ponchos

What to Bring

  • Essential individual equipment: It is essential to wear comfortable clothing for the route (fleece jacket, breathable and comfortable clothing, pants, walking shoes or hiking boots to protect the ankles.)
  • Sun protection: sunglasses, high protection sunscreen, lip protection and hat.
  • Recommended: walking sticks (optional) and cash if you would like to buy something from the community.
  • Food: You should bring water (minimum ½ liter) per person in your own reusable bottle. In the community we will taste some cold cuts or snacks made with native products.

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

The group of villagers that work in this experience comprises 23 partners of the community who have tasks for each of the proposed activities depending on their skills as tour guides, musicians or dancers. The minimum daily wage for each partner has been studied and established by the community itself and it is fair.

The local population has been very well trained for cultural interpretation and to lead the tourist visits.


Your Travel Designer
11Eliana Pauca is our partner in developing sustainable experiences in Puno | Responsible Travel Peru

Eliana Pauca

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.