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My husband, grown daughter and I just returned from an incredible 3 weeks in Peru where we enjoyed homestays with a Chinchero family of weavers and a Uros family that lives on their own private floating totora reed island on Lake Titicaca.
Both families shared their way of life with us in a cultural immersion experience we would not have experienced otherwise. The Chinchero weavers demonstrated how they dye and spin alpaca into intricate designs handed down generation to generation. We saw first hand how the Uros make their islands and boats out of totora reeds and they explained how they once lived in the hills surrounding the lake but fled enslavement by the Spaniards by creating a new way of life on the lake.
My husband and I backpacked all through South America for 9 months in 1976, yet, now I realize that we barely scratched the surface of most places we visited. I found out about the Uros family on Trip Advisor and had a travel agent set up the home stay with the Chinchero family. Our cultural immersion with both families was incredibly fascinating and we’ll treasure the memories forever. We always take the road less traveled and from now on will look for opportunities to incorporate home stays wherever we go.
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