Home Stay with Locals (Natives from Willoq) 2 Days – Includes 3 Hours Hike and Tour to Salt Mines

Home Stay with Locals (Natives from Willoq) 2D/1N



“People without knowledge of thier past history origen and culture is like a tree without roots”

The Andean people kept amazing traditions from thier ancestors Incas, and nowdays Peru by Lacals is able to connect you with this beautiful living culture. Thier textile art is one of the oldest textile traditions of the World and it became one of the most developed during the time of the Incas due to the use of different materials and techniques (result of its hybrid culture gained from the conquests of others) ethnicities . The Incas were able to produce a variety of clothing and everyday items.

The Andean textiles are an open book of codes, symbols and information, it was used in the Andes as a form of writing or language made-up of visual metaphors that convey cosmology and cultural patterns

These is your chance to experience the culture, learn their traditions, eat their one of the healthiest food in the world, understand the real living culture of Peru transmitted from hundreds of years ago from natives that are descendants of the Incas. Also on day 2, you will be able to visit the ancient ruins of Pumamarac that’s not often visited by tourist, your guide will explain you all about the site and teach the history of the Incas also you will vist Salineras or the salt mines.

Things you need to know

1.- Willoq people only speak Quechua (Inca language) people under 35 speak Spanish so, you may consider learning little bit of Spanish but, dont worry if you dont speak any Spanish because the program we offer you is accopanied with Quechua, English and Spanish speaking guide. that will translate all for you.


  • Experience the Inca culture interacting with their decendants in Willoq comunity.
  • Hike with a expert proffessional guides trained by NOLs (National Oudoor Leadership School) and graduated from Univercity with tourism degree, we only employe the top guides from the region because we believe the guide is the main ingredient for great experience and especially who speacks QUECHUA the language of the Incas to fully understand the culture.
  • Enjoy the views of the Andean mountains
  • Hike over an old Inca trail to Sacred valley
  • Visit the unique salt mines of Maras

Cultural immersion – details

  • Type of experince:  Cultural, interaccion, historical, hiking
  • Food: 1 lunch on day one, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • Duration: 2 days / 1 nights
  • Hiking dificulty: The hiking part is pretty moderate since is downhill
  • Level of difficulty: Challenging but your guide will be there encoraging you and help you enjoy as much as you deserve it.
  • Group size: Our hiking group sizes are very important to guaranty the quality of our service of giving you a perzonalized service thats the reason we run with an average of 7 guests
  • Accomodation: The family of Willoq have accomodated thier home with simple celan beds fot you to stay and thier small beds enouhg for 2 or one person for each bed.

Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream  that came thuth on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided treks from 2014 un till today and have been to Machu Picchu for over  1000 times, now Peru by Locals has a groups of top guides around among men and women that had a proffesional degree and get refresh trainning every year these folks had been to USA training with NOLS (National Oudoor Leadership Shool) training about WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER sinze our treks go in the wilderness and your helth is our priority in our trips so, our guides are totaly trained to assist any fo your needs while on you are vacationing, we envest on our guides because we belive they are the main ingredient of any trip.

Peru by Locals is not only a travel company but a group of great leaders that love sharing our culture with you and love being  with travellers.

Are you ready to take part of this amazing experience?

Email su to: info@perubylocals.com or send us a whatsapp message to our 24/7 number +51 989585967, our expects will be there to work with you on your requirements


Day 1

Early morning pick up from hotel in Cusco and be transported for about 2 hours and half through small villages and scenic views to sacred valley mountains. Along the we will stop at Ollantaytambo town to visit the Local market where we will purchase some bread for our family that we will spend the day.

We will arrive to Willoq and meet our family that will take us to their house. The day depends on the season, they may be harvesting, cultivating or other activity, the purpose is participating in the daily life and learn as much as you. When the day falls we will have a delicious dinner accompanied by beautiful stories that family has.

Day 2

Wake up call by the family and breakfast with them based on boiled potatoes, cheese. We walk down from the family house for about 30 minutes to get the car that will drive us to Pallata community where we start the hike towards Pumamarca where your guide gives a tour of the place. From here we hike down to Ollantaytambo town following an old Inca trail, along the way you will have spectacular views of the valley, mountains and Incan terraces spread everywhere.

We will get back in the car at the town for 25 minute drive to Urubamba where we stop for lunch at Tunupa restaurant.

On our way back to Cusco we will stop at Salineras or salt mines. There are more than 3000 small wells where the locals process the salt and each well is filled with salty water by hand. Having a tour of this place we get back to Cusco arriving by 5pm.

Note: the family speaks Quechua (The language of the Incas) also they speak Spanish especially yunger generations, the reason we will provide you with a English speaking guide.


  • Transport for both days
  • Guide
  • One lunch, one dinner and one breakfast with the family
  • Lunch at Tunupa restaurant on day 2
  • Time spent with the family all day
  • Entrance ticked to Salineras and the tour
  • Hike to Pumamarca


This will depend on the size of the group.

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Pcking list

  • Down warm fleece  – jacket has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket that is a wind breaker and / or waterresistant.
  • Sun hat  – as some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
  • Sunscreen  – SPF 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Down warm fleece  – jacket has to be warm enough 
  • Sun hat  – as some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
  • Sunscreen  – SPF 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Frequently asked questions

How long before should I book the  the immersion program?

This experience options  does not require a permit  so we take bookings all around the year and you can book  ultill 1 weeks before your trip, that give us enough time to put all together.

Should I tip to the driver and guides? If I do, how much I should I tip?

Our drivers guides are paid fairly according to Peruvian labor laws – that is why ,  we don’t force our clients to tip the crew. However, most of our clients want to give them an appreciation for the work they do and the service they receive so, if you feel like giving them an appreciation or tip them, feel free to do it at the end of their work. If thats the case we recomend to tip with 15% of the total cost.

How big my group is going to be?

We are specialized in  small groups because that way our clients get personalized service.  your guide spends lots of time with you so you can learn more about our culture and history.

We limit the size of our groups on treks to up to 8 people, per hike but we always end taking  about 5 hikers.

What time do I get back to Cusco?

You will be back in Cusco around 3pm so, if this is last trip in Cusco and want to fligh the same day after you fenish your trek let us know the details so we can give you the best advice posible.

Can I pay the rest of the balance in credit card or does it have to be in cash?

We take the balance of the payment in cash, so you won’t need to pay extra fees,.Of course you can use PAY PAL, or CREDIT CARD, but you will need to pay the fees that are usually over 6%.

In the day of your briefing when your guide will meet you, one of the representatives will meet you too to collect the rest of the balance for your trek.

What are coca leafs? Can I chew on them? Do they help with the altitude?

Coca (Erythroxylum coca) is a plant in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture. Coca is best known throughout the world because of its alkaloids, methylecgonine cinnamate, benzoylecgonine, truxilline, hydroxytropacocaine, tropacocaine, ecgonine, cuscohygrine, dihydrocuscohygrine, nicotine, cocaine, and hygrine. Many of the alkaloids contained in the leaf provide physiological effects useful for medicinal purposes. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. Coca also eases sickness due to high altitudes. So, we really recommend you to get some for your trek and it is easy to find to buy in any stores in Cusco or along the way to the head point of the Inca trail. Your guide will teach how to chew on them.

Nutritional faqs.

100 grammes of coca leaf Organic acids: 3.2mg; Carbohydrates: 46.2g; Fibre: 14.2g; Fat: 3.3g; Moisture: 7.2g

Other Vitamins:   A: UI 14,000; Alpha carotene: 2.65mg; B1 (thiamine): 0.68mg; B6 (pyridoxine): 0.58mg; Beta carotene: 20mg; C (ascorbic acid): 53mg; H (biotin): 0.54mg; Nicotinic acid: 5mg.

Trace elements:   Aluminium: 49mg; Barium: 17mg; Boron: 24mg; Calcium: 1540mg; Copper: 1.1mg; Chromium: 0.23mg; Strontium: 204mg; Iron: 45.8mg; Phosphate: 911.8mg; Magnesium: 0.37mg; Manganese: 0.5mg; Potassium: 1.9mg; Sodium: 1110mg; Zinc: 3.8mg

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