The southern desert of Peru, in the district of Arequipa. The closest village is Aplao; major town is La Central-Ongoro.
Our local partners provide a remarkable experience to visitors to the Majes Valley. Julio has a wonderful adventurous spirit, and knows the region like the back of his hand. His wife Durby is an excellent chef, and cooks meals at their Majes River Lodge using local ingredients. Surrounding the river is an extensive desert, which receives less annual rainfall than the Gobi Desert. The grapes that grow there, using water from the river, are used to produce wine and pisco, the local grape brandy.
Julio believes in the spirit of the rocks and the land, and has extensive knowledge of the Inca and pre-Inca culture that has lived in the Valley for hundreds of years. Nearby the Majes River Lodge are rocks with over 6000 pre-Inca petroglyphs from over 1500 years ago. Julio has written and published a book on the “Toro Muerto” petroglyphs, and will explain his interpretation of them to you.
COMMUNITY LIAISONS: JULIO & DURBY ZUNIGA
Julio and Durby Zuniga are our partners in the Majes Valley. What an amazing couple! Their ancestors go back in the valley over 500 years. Not only is does Julio come from a long line of pisco brewers, but he is also a famous matador! He leads rafting trips down the Majes River, takes tour groups to sacred sites of Inca and pre-Inca cultures, and also has extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna.
Crooked Trails has been working in the Majes Valley since 2000. We have worked with our liaison Julio to develop the international tourism industry in the Majes River Valley. We funded the expansion of Julio’s Majes River Lodge, and also had a group from the University of Washington do a market research study and develop marketing materials.
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