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Posts Tagged ‘Colca Canyon’

My House Is Your House: Unique Homestays Around the World

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 2 July 2012

No matter where you travel – the saying goes – there’s still no place like home. Luckily, for many travellers, it’s now possible to forgo run-of-the mill hotel stays in favour of a night (or more) spent with a local family. Commonly known as ‘homestays,’ such local travel opportunities offers win-win outcomes for both travellers and their hosts. Considering a sustainable alternative to staying in a hotel? Here are five of our favourite cultural homestays that offer enriching travel experiences while also improving local livelihoods.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of the Year 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 January 2012

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. And with it the grace of another 44 incredible Photos of the Week. We are nevertheless once again proud to present our Photos of the Year – the travel pictures of the year 2011 that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of expert external judges. Unlike our Photo of the Year 2010, this year, we had a tie for first place.

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Photo of the Week: Vicuñas, Colca Canyon, Peru

  • Alberto Gonzales (Photo) Mariel Gonzales (Text)
  • 17 July 2011

The vicuña is an Andean camelid. While it can be found living wild in Bolivia, Chile and parts of Argentina, this creature is most closely associated with Peru as it is the country’s national animal, appearing on its coat of arms. The Pampas de Tocra of Peru are home to a large proportion the vicuña population of Colca Canyon and once a year the local people celebrate a vicuña festival called Chacu.

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Photo of the Week: The Church of Tisco, Arequipa, Peru

  • Alberto Gonzales (Photo) Mariel Gonzalez (Text)
  • 20 March 2011

This photo was taken in the town of Tisco, which is just located about 200 kilometres north of Arequipa, Peru. It is one of the highest settlements in the Colca Valley. The church pictured here was built when members of the order of Dominican Monks lived in the area before their expulsion in the 18th century. It is set in the midst of a large area of puna and grassland perfect for raising llamas, alpacas and sheep.

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Experience Local Life in the Village of Yanque at the Heart of Peru’s Colca Canyon

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 29 September 2010

In Arequipa’s backyard, in the south of Peru, are two sleepy sister canyons that happen to hold the world records for the largest and second-largest chasms in the world. In Colca Canyon, in the small town of Yanque, locals has banded together to offer tourists a more authentic and unique glimpse into the lives of the area’s Collahua people. Today, the colourful crew of Yanqueños behind Sumac Yanque Ayllu to offer tourists a more authentic and unique glimpse into the lives of the area’s Collahua people.

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The Dizzying Expanse of Colca Canyon Is Now a whl.travel Destination in Peru

  • whl.travel
  • 4 June 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. Created by thousands of years of the Colca River slicing through the highlands of Peru, the seemingly bottomless Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the Americas. It is now an adventure traveller’s haven of roaring rapids and ambitious treks, as well as home to the distinctive cultures and lifestyles of traditional communities.

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