What is Vicos all about...
Vicos offers you a place to stay with the local population, in a separate bungalow but with continuous contact with your local hostfamily during the day.
Activities include baking bread, working on the land and finding herbs and other ingredients for meals, but also short, medium and long hikes through the village's surroundings, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. The project is managed and owned by th Cuyaqui Wayi tourism committee; in Huaraz they receive assistance from RESPONS. On their website (www.respons.org) you can also find more details on previous visits, prices, etc.
How long does it take...
You can choose to go to Vicos for one day or several weeks. Recommended stays are 3 to 4 days.
Who it's appropriate for...
Anyone who has a genuine interest in getting close to a local Quechua family. Vicos is probably the most authentic tourism experience you can get in Peru. Visitors have to be a bit flexible as to luxury and communication, but get an exciting intercultural experience in return.
Details of costs...
Prices are flexible, on the RESPONS website you can find all details. For example, if you are a couple and visit Vicos for four days, you will pay 2 persons * 4 days * S/.110 = S/.880 Nuevos Soles (around $300 or €220), including almost everything.
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Uploaded by Guido van Es on Nov. 6, 2009.