Peru homestay and coffee tour, Kuelap

“Discover little visited northern Peru on this six day tailor made tour, with homestays, coffee tours and ancient ruins to rival Machu Picchu. ”


Chachapoyas | Huancas | Local potteries | Hike River Sonche canyon | Huiquilla Private Conservation Area | Kuelap | Hike to Lagoon of Huamanpata | Homestay | Rodriguez de Mendoza | Tocuya thermal bath | Coffee tour with growers and tasting

Description of Peru homestay and coffee tour, Kuelap

This six day Peru holiday includes a homestay, coffee tour and the chance to explore the ancient pre-Inca fortress of Kuelap. It’s a chance to explore this beautiful and fascinating region of northern Peru that is, so far, reasonably untouched by tourism.

Beginning in Chachapoyas, you'll travel to see local pottery artists at work in the village of Huancas, and can have a go at making pottery with them as you learn about this ancient craft. You will then have the opportunity to explore Kuelap, an impressive fortified citadel that is sometimes nicknamed as the new Machu Picchu. There’s nothing new about it, though. It was built by the formidable Chachapoyas culture, the ‘Warriors of the Clouds’, and is one of the largest ancient monuments in the Americas. The site, sitting at the junction between jungle and mountains, features thick walls and numerous ruined buildings. It was built between the 6th and 16th century out of huge limestone rocks – some of them are 10 times the volume used in the Pyramids of Giza.

A two night homestay is another highlight of this holiday. During your time with Roberto and his family you will enjoy wonderful homemade food, learn about life here and enjoy the gorgeous natural landscape around the house, which includes cloud forest and lagoons.

In Mendoza, famed for its excellent organic coffee, you can find out more about Peru’s most famous export on a tour with a local family of coffee growers. You’ll also get to visit a cooperative coffee factory to learn about how coffee beans are processed, and you’ll be able to taste some, too.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Peru homestay and coffee tour, Kuelap

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We'll visit various conservation areas that are known for their biodiversity. By visiting we help protect these unique ecosystems and the guide will focus on raising awareness of the importance of preserving the local fauna and flora. By visiting this area, locals become aware of the potential benefits (income from responsible tourism) for them to preserve their ecosystem and environment.

The food that is served throughout the tour is locally sourced, fresh food and it therefore does not generate much waste or needs transport. The little waste that is generated is taken to the city to be recycled.

The accommodation in the countryside (the homestay) are built in the local style and with local materials. Your hosts are locals of the area and they are very aware of their own environment. They love to share their local knowledge and they are very careful to preserve their natural surroundings.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to follow guidelines that are sent to them before departure to make sure they don't leave a negative environmental footprint (for instance bring your own reusable water bottle) and they are given some more tips and instructions upon arrival.


All our tours respect and promote the host communities’ culture. Activities on all our tours focus on the traditions and local culture and reality of the visited communities and have an additional educational function. For instance, visitors can participate in workshops on traditional architecture or agriculture, handicrafts, local food and cooking habits, etc. The income that our and similar tours generate, encourages communities to conserve these traditions.

We aim to provide an authentic experience for tourists and a culturally sensitive, respectful encounter between tourists and hosts. Nothing is put into scene and people are not asked to pretend or act differently than they normally do. Tourists are informed about the particular culture and customs in the community they will visit before they arrive and they will be made aware of any rules of behavior they should respect. Part of the profits of our tours supports the social or environmental projects that were visited on the tour and that benefits the community as a whole.

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