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5 International Homestays

Homestays

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a new culture, homestays are a great option; a well-connected outfitter can help you find the right fit. Here, five ideas to get you started.

The Andes, Peru: Aracari Travel Consulting

The Details: In the rural Andean community of Luquina Chico, on Lake Titicaca, Aracari coordinates with 13 local families to provide lodgings in private houses. Guest rooms are basic but have an authentic, Andean feel, as well as lake views.

Don’t Miss: Dining with your hosts on regional dishes such as trout or quinoa soup, observing farmers planting a potato crop, or learning to catch carachi, a small fish native to Lake Titicaca. Three days from $567 per person, all-inclusive.

Himalayas, India: Shakti

The Details: Six well-appointed houses, situated in villages throughout the Indus Valley, are located on private properties; each comes with a host and guide. Most Shakti guests combine stays at three houses as they explore the region on foot.

T+L Tip: Arrange to meet a nun who practices martial arts, or sip yak-butter tea with the village doctor. Seven nights from $4,397 per person, all-inclusive.

Kerala, India: Red Savannah

The Details: This outfitter works with the Tranquil resort, set on a 19th-century coffee plantation. All 10 rooms have up-to-date tech amenities and access to a pool and Jacuzzi. The warm hosts can take you coffee-bean picking on the 400-acre estate, or teach you how to make local specialties such as avial, a curry made with bitter gourd and plantains.

Don’t Miss: A guided visit to the nearby Edakkal Caves, where the rock art dates back to the Neolithic period. From $226 per person per day.

Salta, Argentina: GeoEx

The Details: In the picturesque desert foothills of the Cachi Mountains, about 100 miles from the city of Salta, Finca Santana (pictured) is a GeoEx favorite. Host Adriana Barreda, a textile artist, photographer, and chef, invites guests into her stylish two-story house, with terra-cotta-tiled floors made in the Calchaquí Valley and cactus-wood ceilings.

T+L Tip: Be sure to try the standout Torrontés wine in one of the nearby wineries. Nine days from $5,995 per person.

Kangaroo Island, Australia: Asia Transpacific Journeys

The Details: Partnering with Asia Transpacific Journeys, the 3,500-acre Stranraer Homestead is a sheep farm on remote Kangaroo Island. Owners Graham Wheaton and his wife, Lyn, have four guest rooms with fireplaces and antiques; they join guests for dinner most nights.

Don’t Miss: Helping Graham herd sheep with his Australian kelpie dogs, or joining him on a night walk to spot wallabies. From $550 per person per day, all-inclusive.

Have a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to tripdoctor@aexp.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Photo by Caroline Scippa

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