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The ever active Lucho Hurtado of Incas del Peru (Telf. 223303,www.incasdelperu.org;Ave. Giraldez 652), in the same building as the restaurant La Cabaña,organizes most activities . He is a local who speak English and knows the surrounding area well.Mountain bikers can participate in easy one day tours, relaxing two-days tours or for the really adventurous and fit ,12-day Andean cycling marathonsthat cover over 100kms of rigorous mountain biking .You can also participate in an Andean mountain trekking expedition to the lake and glacier of Huaytapallana for up to three days ;the three day trek cost US$105 per person.Incas del Peru arranges Spanish and even Quechua lessons,which include meals and accommodations with a local family (if you wish)starting at US$110 a week for the budget course through to US$260 per week for the busy interactive course . Lesson can be modified to fit your interests.You can also learn to cook local dishes ,find out how to make jewelry, engage in gourd carving ,try your feet at dancing, dabble with natural dyes , play the panpipes, create back strap or pedal -loom weavings or make a stab at other locals crafts.
Tours are arranged by Lucho, who guides treks down the eastern slopes of the Andes and into high jungle on foot, horseback or public transport. It isn't luxurious ,but its a good chance to experience something of "the real" rural Peru.Lucho's father has a ranch inthe middle of nowhere,where you can stay and meet all kinds of local people .If you are unable to get a group together , you may be able to join up with another group.The trips last anywhere from four to eight days and cost about US$55 per person per day including simple food. Accommodations are rustic and trips may involve some camping.
La Casa de la Abuela(Telf. 223303- Prolongacion Cusco: 794. and Jose Galvez 420 - Huancayo - Peru;dm US$10,d with shared /private shower US$15/16)Incas del Peru runs La casa de la Abuela ,which is probably the most traveler - oriented accomodation option in town. La Casa(house) is indeed a home away from home as the guest book entries would testify . The effervescent Lucho and his welcoming staff make every effort to welcome tired travelers. Housed in a wooden -floored former private home, Its clean ,friendly,very efficient and offers garden, cable TV and DVD. Its popular with backpackers who are mothered by La Abuela (Lucho's mom).Ten cozy rooms sleep between two to six people ;rates include continental breakfast with homemade bread and jam and real, filtered coffee.
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La Cabaña (223303 Giraldez 675); mains arround US$4.5;5-12:30PM) This popular haunt has become a bit of an establishment eatery for locals and travelers alike , and there is nothing quite like it in town for its relaxed ambience,good food -oh ,and let's no forget its pisco sours(grape brandy cocktails);they have a stronger kick than usual ,yet are oh-so smooth . When you're suitably mellow order a scrumptious pizza or graze on trout ,juicy grills, al dente pastas , or nibble on a variety of less filling appetizzers. The house drink is sangria ,available in three sizes; and if you want to party , then Thursday to Saturday a local folklorica band will perform for you . Next door and part of the same establishment .Cuy (guinea pig) is available upon request. Salud!