Did you know that Ayni recently won the Miradas award (Premio Mirada) for best adventure travel agency in Cusco?! As the premier destination for tourism and trekking in Peru, this is significant. What sets Ayni Peru apart from other agencies?
Let´s begin with the name: Ayni. Ayni is a Quechua word, the indigenous language of Cusco and many other Andean areas. Loosely translated it means ‘reciprocity’. In other words, the natural flow of life. Ayni works with local communities and travelers to create unique and mutually beneficial itineraries. Our philosophy is that truly immersive travel is the best way to get to know a place. To achieve this, we allow time to connect with the culture, natural beauty and traditions of the area. In exchange for their participation, we pay well for the participation of locals. This includes overnight homestays, day activities, and an array of trek routes.
Ayni Peru does more than plan and operate tours: we create unforgettable experiences of discovery in the Andes. For example, it´s possible to stay overnight with local families, usually in small villages. Travelers have the opportunity to learn about traditional farming, Inca astronomy, alpaca & llama care, and medicinal plants. They´ll sleep in the family home (private room), with meals enjoyed together, and activities with expert community members. Experiences like this create deeper ties between Ayni´s travelers, the community, culture, and nature.
In the Andean culture, the base of harmony and balance between man and his environment is reciprocity. This is what Ayni embodies, and why it´s considered one of the best adventure travel operator in Cusco.