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On the Trail of Arequipa’s Ancient Roads

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  • 8 Hours
  • Group Size: 1 - 6
  • April through December

Dare to discover a Pre-Hispanic road in Arequipa, the path that generated an intense movement of travelers and muleteers where, for sure, the echo of the Inca’s was heard, “Ari-quepay”, Yes stay!

During the pre-Inca and Inca periods products from the valleys and the coast, which were transported by muleteers, such as peanuts, shrimps, seaweed, fish and dried seafood arrived in Arequipa on this path, so when the conquerors first came here, much to their surprise, they already found a very advanced road network. This route is filled with a lot of history and accompanied by desert, mountain and volcanic landscapes.

The valleys of Vitor, Majes and Moquegua were the origin of most of the wine consumed in the Potosi mines during the colonial period. Following this same path we will get to the first Tambo (accommodation where muleteers rested), where you will be able to spot the remains of ceramic pieces that were broken and left on the road, some still have the manufacture date engraved.

After walking for about one and half hours we arrive at the second Tambo, this one, a little more preserved than the first. Here, a large and diverse deposit of petroglyphs can be seen (drawings as well as geometric figures). Then the third tambo emerges in ruins, from there you can get a good look at the La Joya valley next to the desert and ashes of the Huaynaputina volcano which erupted in 1600. You will well invest 4 hours of walking to finally descend and meet your driver.

The following destination will be “El Socabón”, a winery located in an ancient land known as the valley of Concepción de Vitor. The first vines were planted in 1540 and by 1550 the vineyards were already fruitful, good wine was produced and transported to Cusco and Potosí. The winery has a great history that very few know of.

Lunch will be served, and you will taste the same products that once came along this route: shrimps, trout, dried algae, dried potatoes and fruit. We finish the journey with a local pisco tasting.

Dear traveler: you will not be disappointed.

Price Includes

  • Private transportation
  • Mountain guide (certified and with experience)
  • Rural lunch in the winery
  • Pisco tasting

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • 18% tax (to avoid paying this tax we need a copy of your passport (1st page with your data and picture and the page with the stamp of arrival date)
  • Travel insurance - Covid 19

What to Bring

  • 1 or 2 bottles of water
  • A brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Good sunglasses
  • Cotton long sleeve shirt
  • Good walking shoes
  • 1 pair of walking sticks

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

We believe that this excursion will generate interest on the local authorities to value the ancestral road network that exists in the region. By walking this trail the traveler will connect with the desert and a living history.


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Patricia Deza Oviedo

Passionate about nature, culture and the power of regenerative leadership. She was born in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, a place that strongly influenced her identification with the Andean culture. She started like most young women by going to university and pursuing a career in Arequipa where she got to know the world of conservation which changed her course. That’s how she started traveling around Peru working in ecotourism, tourism and sustainable development.

Today she sees the need to help travelers connect in a different way with their chosen destination and to show hosts the value of their culture to empower themselves and strengthen their natural environment. Since 2020 Patricia has been working with RESPONS, with which she shares a philosophy of sustainability.