The Colca Valley is a region basically known by its great canyon and the majestic condors. But the mountains that see the river flowing deep below are also home of several communities settled in small towns. Their traditions are kept intact despite being exposed to the touristic activities for few decades now, and that is what it is most valued by visitors.
Yanque, Sibayo and Coporaque are pretty towns of charming people that decided to open their houses to tourism and show the way they live. What they offer is making their guests to participate of their daily country chores, to attend main festivities; and finally enjoying the mix of cultures, evidenced from the ancient pre incan crop terraces to the baroque colonial churches. Moreover, the landscape adorned with volcanoes and gifted with hotsprings gives comfort to the eyes and body.
But the region is also a spot of telluric activity and during mid August 2016, an earthquake of medium intensity affected our friends’ houses in Coporaque, making them inhabitable and thus their ability to host visitors was severely impacted.
As rapidly as the situation required, Guido –our founding director in coordinations with the RESPONS team, put hands at work to collect funds to aid our friends. In no time, the money coming from clients that visited Coporaque in the past, started to flow and soon the houses were back at work and even its capacity extended. Our most sincere appreciation to all those who contributed so kindly from overseas and with direct volunteer work.
But this story continues, as exactly a year after the shake, Guido’s parents visited Coporaque without precisely knowing what happened in 2016. They were enjoying their holiday in company of their warm hosts; sharing the table as if it was having a meal with family; herding baby llamas; horse riding to archaeological places and soothing at springs when they were informed they had to attend an important celebration.
So Hans and Marianne got dressed for the occasion and ended being the honorary godfather and godmother of the four restored houses belonging to our friend families. The afternoon went by among toastings and speeches in all four houses feeling proud about Guido and RESPONS’ work to help out the Coporaque commoners.
This is our commitment with the local communities, it is certainly very special with Coporaque but it is our philosophy along the country. Not in vain we are leaders in community based tourism and our partner friends know it.
So if you want to visit the Colca Valley and experience a different way of living during your holiday, besides visiting Arequipa or any other region of the country, do not hesitate and get in contact with us by simply writing at english @ responsibletravelperu.com
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