Peru homestays are a great way to see an authentic side of Peru and create memories to last a lifetime. Experience daily life in the Andes, learn about local traditions and have fun getting to know your host family!
Ayni has carefully built relationships with families across Peru, including homes in larger cities, towns, and remote indigenous communities. The majority are strategically located in areas that work well with one or more of our tours and treks, but we also offer lovely Peru homestays that tours have been built around.
Peru homestay fees are set by host families, and paid directly to them at the time of your visit. This helps provides supplental income and spread the benefits of tourism a bit more evenly. Families provide traditional meals, plus a private room. Your Ayni guide will be present during your stay for translation, any nearby visits, day hikes, and other fun activities.
Located in the middle of enormous Lake Titicaca near the Bolivian border, Amantani is a beautiful base for exploring the lake and it`s islands.
Chaullacocha is the highest altitude homestay we offer, and one of the most fascinating. Learn about raising llamas and alpacas, visit the tiny local school, or just enjoy the sparse but beautiful Andean landscapes. A homestay here could be substituted for one night of camping on a Lares Trek, or as part of an overnight visit of the area.
Chonta is a tiny rural village located outside Cusco, in an area closest to the trailheads of our Salkantay and Remote Salkantay trek routes. The community is perched high above the Apurimac river valley, with incredible views of this deep canyons with a background of snowcapped Apu Salkantay and adjacent peaks. Chonta is best combined with a Salkantay or Remote Salkantay trek, or could make an excellent 1-2 side trip to relax, enjoy the peaceful community and beautiful scenery, and a hike to an amazing condor viewpoint, where you`ll be able to observe these enormous birds soaring overhead and through the canyon below.
Home to the oldest church in the Colca Canyon and featuring gorgeous views of the terraced slopes that make up the canyon walls, a Coporaque homestay is a picturesque alternative to hotels along the traditional tourism route through Colca.
The seaside fishing village of Huanchaco is famous for its Caballitos de Tortora, reed watercrafts used by fisherman along Peru’s northern coast for thousands of years. Huanchaco is an excellent stop while exploring the Moche route, a series of ruins, museums and beautiful beaches in the ancestral home of the fascinating Moche & Chimu cultures.
Located on the arid southern coast of Peru, Ica is an excellent base for visiting wineries and pisco bodegas, the Nazca Lines, and Paracas. From Lima, explore surrounding dunes, Huacachina oasis, and even try sand boarding before a distinctly Iqueñan dinner and overnight with your host family.
Spend a night in the historic Limenean neighborhood of Villa el Salvador. Originally formed as a pueblo joven, Villa el Salvador gained fame as a self-organized, largely independent area on the outskirts of Lima. Today the city has expanded to include it, but political and social organizations within the community remain strong. Visit the local market with your host family, prepare dinner together, and experience for yourself how urban Peruvians live.
Lucmabamba is located approximately an hour above the town of Santa Teresa, where many visitors stay before visiting Machu Picchu. While the area sees plenty of tourists, a tiny percentage end up staying in Lucmabamba. Our homestay family here grows coffee and other crops to support themselves, and are happy to give you a tour of their land. Learn about coffee production and roast and grind your own for breakfast the following morning! This homestay is part of our 4D/3N coffee route tour, can be combined with a tour to Machu Picchu, and substituted for a night of camping on Salkantay and Choquequirao treks (Salkantay, Remote Salkantay, Choquequirao-Machu Picchu, Choquequirao-Vilcabamba).
Patacancha is located in beautiful valley of the same name, approximately 45 minutes above the town of Ollantaytambo. Known for its weaving, Patacancha is an excellent place to learn about traditional weaving and dying practices, and even purchase your own piece directly from the weaver. A homestay here could be done as part of a Lares Trek or as an overnight visit from either Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
Located in the province of Acomayo, San Juan Quiwares is a small village approximately four hours by car outside of Cusco. This is an extremely rural area, and you will undoubtedly be the only foreigners in town. Many younger people have left the village for Cusco, for a better education and better economic opportunities. However, the scenery here is stunning, with lakes, pretty walking trails, and hundreds of hummingbirds. A visit to San Juan Quiwares is best done on its own, or added to an existing trek or tour. We offer a 2D/1N tour here, which combines mountain biking and a tour with time with your homestay family.
A homestay in peaceful Sibayo is an excellent alternative to the more touristy Colca Canyon towns of Chivay and Cabanaconde. Stay with a friendly family in a traditional stone home with a straw roof while exploring the Canyon.
Although the Sacred Valley receives an enormous number of foreign and national visitors each year, the overwhelming majority visit on a day tour to the most well known sights, and often do not spend the night. The community of Sonqo is located a bit above the valley, and far from traditional tourist attractions. A homestay here could easily be combined with day tours in the Sacred Valley, our Inca Quarry trek, or even as a stopover on the way from Machu Picchu.
Taquile Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its weaving traditions, is located on Lake Titicaca Many visitors to Taquile visit only briefly as part of a day tour, and stick to only a small part of the island. A homestay here allows time to explore the less touristy parts of the island, relax in a beautiful place, and learn about local traditions in depth. A homestay here could be substituted for overnight in Puno on any tour.
As with all Ayni Peru tours and treks, travel with Peru homestays could depart any day you would like. Please note that certain holidays or other significant days during harvest time may not be available in all communities. Please contact us for specific information.
Our tours and treks can always include Peru homestays. Please ask! A few examples include: