Development of Rural Tourism in Peru
If you are interested in experiential travel, those far from the usual destinations, where to experience true contact with the host country, do not lose sight of the development of rural tourism in Peru.
In recent decades, modern society has developed greater environmental awareness, an active interest in ecological, food and biodiversity issues: these issues have also ended up involving the tourism sector and today we often hear people talking about “sustainable tourism”.
The development of rural tourism in Peru has made it possible to create bridges between foreign tourists and indigenous inhabitants who, by welcoming guests to their villages and homes, will give you the opportunity to see up close and participate in a series of daily related activities. agriculture, breeding, crafts and traditional cuisine.
This wonderful experience is called “community rural tourism” and directly involves the inhabitants of rural communities who work hard to plan tourism and activities in an environmentally sustainable way.
The Cusco region in particular has carried out some very interesting projects in recent years.
Some particularly exemplary examples of the development of rural tourism in Peru are those of the Province of Calca: in fact, in this agricultural region there are over a thousand varieties of potatoes! This is a phenomenon of plant biodiversity which unfortunately we are losing in much of the world in favor of large-scale production of a few types of food that are more suitable for the global market and therefore more profitable. At the Kinsa Oocha lagoon you can participate in the production of soaps using local herbs; in the land of the Yachaq you can get to know the many artisans who still practice ancient weaving and processing techniques of the Andean fabrics, you can participate in ceramic workshops, traditional beekeeping, the preparation of “chicha” (typical Peruvian drink) and that of chocolate .
For those who are more interested in the fauna of the area, in the province of Cachis you can go trekking around the Ausangate peak and in the meantime admire the many species of animals that populate the area, you can also try your hand at fishing using artisan tools while listening to the myths and the legends that the locals will be excited to tell you about.
In this regard, if ceremonies and traditions fascinate you, we advise you to go to Cuyuni , in the province of Quispicanchi, where in addition to the guided trekking, you can participate in traditional Andean ceremonies and take advantage of a tasty Novoandino buffet.
As you can see on your own, Peru is a country that still maintains strong links with the land and with traditional agricultural and craft techniques; and for us who today live in an increasingly “global” and standardized world, these are priceless treasures to be preserved and shared.