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Respons - Day Tours

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Huaraz, Peru
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LincV wrote a review Mar 2016
8 contributions6 helpful votes
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful 3 day/2 night home stay in the village of Vicos (40 min drive from Huaraz). Alongside Machu Picchu this was a true highlight of our month in Peru and is highly recommended to those who are interested in getting to know the people and culture of the country. We stayed in Pablo's guest house which had very comfortable beds, a fireplace, and private bathroom/shower. His family could not have made us feel more welcome and we enjoyed everything they planned including - hiking to pre-incan cave paintings, touring his farm (fruit trees, bees, avocados - yum!), and preparing a pachamanca feast. We booked through Crooked Trails who arranged all of the details of arriving in Vicos via a luxury overnight bus from Lima (we were nervous about this, but the bus was a breeze - lay down seats and we slept great). The cost of the trip also included a smokeless oven for a community member of Vicos and we spent the day helping them construct the oven/getting to know the family, which was very cool and made us feel like part of the community. For those who don't speak Spanish, Pablo also arranges for a translator. In our case, our translator was Jim from Seattle who lives in Huaraz and did a great job. Upon returning to Huaraz we highly recommend an extra day to do one of the many treks from the region. Thank you, Pablo!!
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Date of experience: January 2016
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mkloomis wrote a review Jan 2016
Austin, Texas11 contributions
Respons and the lovely people of Vicos made our first visit to Peru a truly memorable experience. Here is what I wrote in our letter to family and friends: "The highest mountains in Peru are to the north, the Cordillera Blanca. On the lower green slopes and great valleys live people whose ancestors arrived thousands of years ago. Pre-Inca stonework at Chavín de Huántar goes deep into the hillside, and the mind-bending cactus they used in ceremonies still grows outside. Our guide lived on the site as a child before the houses were cleared for the restoration. He showed us how to lasso a small lizard with a grass stem, then let it go. Immersion for real began at the small town of Vicos, where the farmers offer homestays for strays like us. Our Spanish limited, their home language Quechua, the challenge was met because our hosts were so very gracious and their Spanish was so much better. We helped flatten the dough balls of unleavened bread for an earthen oven, off the open courtyard of the plastered earth block house, with chickens, cuy (guinea pigs), and a puppy inside, horses and sheep on the pasture outside, and towering Huacarán mountain over all. The fields are little patches, corn, vegetables, wheat, barley, planted according to the microclimate of each patch. Our “service project” was building an adobe stove for a neighbor, who explained all the crops and herbs as he walked us up the mountainside to his home. Since our farmer hosts are way better builders than we will ever be, our real function was to pay for the manufactured heavy iron cooktop and stovepipe, but they did let us mix the mud mortar. All the people walk up and down the mountainside on footpaths, waving and greeting neighbors along the way. Life there is materially lean compared to ours, and most of the grown sons and daughters were away working in mines and other industry. Water comes from glacial springs upslope, down channels carved to each household, flowing right through the courtyards. Our 70-year-old host guided us on an all-day hike up that mountainside to the glacial lake, a steep climb past pastures and rocky outcrops and then windswept tundra. On the descent we detoured to a cave in the cliffside, with pre-Inca paintings. We perched on the lip of a massive canyon, amazed that we walked to get there, walking across the land like the people who live there always have. The final day in Vicos, all our new friends gathered, along with some local musicians, for a Pachamanca feast and ceremony of thanks. Cooking in the ground the ancient way, fire and hot stones and buried meat and vegetables, takes time, best reserved for festival food. When it was time to go, our hosts danced us down the path. One new friend, an ecological agriculture student from Huaráz who happened along doing her research that morning, showed us how to catch a ride down the valley smashed into a rattletrap station wagon with villagers and their bags and parcels. No tourist bubble here! As we departed Huaráz, the pilot of the plane took a little detour around Huascarán, massive, snow-covered, gorgeous." Respons in Huaraz set all this up for us, coached us, kept our extra gear in their office during our stay, knew the sweetest little hotel in Chavín de Huántar, and made all the arrangements for Vicos. Everyone should try a program like this when visiting a new country!
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Date of experience: July 2015
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LiSu wrote a review Oct 2015
Düsseldorf, Germany18 contributions1 helpful vote
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amazing experience! i was looking for a way to spend some days with an authentic traditional family somewhere in the andes and was lucky enough to meet annika from responsible peru! she shared all of the information and possibilities with me and i ended up staying with the farmer pablo and his lovely wife and kids in vicos for two days. i wouldn´t want to miss this great experience which allowed me to get know real peruvian life apart from all the touristic places. We felt more than welcome and the family included us in their daily life, prepared some super delicious traditional meals for us and let us also be part of the pachamanca. definitely recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from Daniel M, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Respons - Day Tours
Responded 9 Oct 2015
Thank you so much for your comments Lién. Vicos and Pablo's family are great indeed. We are very happy by the fact you had the opportunity to know this experience, one of the best we have to offer along the whole Peru. Thanks again for travel RESPONSibly!
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riccardobasani wrote a review Aug 2014
Trento, Italy4 contributions2 helpful votes
The staff of Respons Peru' was excellent. Very friendly, helpful and flexible. They made our trip amazing, offering good opportunities and helping us when we, giving last minute notice, had to re-arrange our itinerary! They were just fantastic!
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Response from guidoinperu, Eigenaar at Respons - Day Tours
Responded 26 Jan 2015
Dear Riccardob, Thank you very much for your great comment, I am very pleased that you enjoyed our service in Huaraz: glad to know that my team there is still working so well! Hope to see you back one day. Best regards, Guido van Es
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Anne B wrote a review Aug 2014
Breda, The Netherlands1 contribution1 helpful vote
I went for several days to the community of Vicos. The people I met from Respons and Vicos were very friendly and nice! Next to that it was a beautiful experience to feel a touch of the life of the community. I went up into the mountains and I loved it that this was nog a regular 'tourist trip'. The first part we walked up with some people of the community who brought their donkeys, sheep and goats higher up into the mountains to graze. Higher up in the mountains we didn't met anyone else. A wonderful experience. They really made the stay convenient for me, e.g. the traditional cooking method of the pachamanca was made vegetarian for me.
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Date of experience: September 2013
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Response from Tito C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Respons - Day Tours
Responded 11 Aug 2014
Hello Anne! It is great to hear you had a really nice experience in Vicos. It is a wonderful and authentic place in the Andes! We were happy to help you plan your trip, thank you very much for your comment and for choosing RESPONS! Best regards, The RESPONS Team
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