Introduction to Granja Porcon
Granja Porcon is situated in the Cajamarca region where the locals are friendly and welcoming. If you like to immerse yourself in a proud community village, surrounded by wooded mountains then the Granja Porcon should be added to your itinerary. There is a strong focus on agricultural and collective work which gives visitors the chance to get involved with. Granja Porcon has 1600 inhabitants and a year-round cool climate with a beautifully unspoiled natural landscape. This village is one example of a humble and simple nature, where the local community is full of pride. Villagers live in wooden houses surrounded by nature.
Granja Porcon homes have a living room, kitchen, bedrooms and sanitary facilities as well as offering a separate room for guests. For the locals, the main source of income, besides tourism, is the production of dairy products. This destination is an ideal place to purchase some delicious cheeses for you to eat or take home.
In Granja Porcon you will find traditional and cultural activities typical of the area, you will be able to see the local agriculture and see how to milk the cows. Witness customs such as Landaruto, which is the first haircut of the boy or girl, where the godparents receive gifts such as food. They may receive guinea pig with potatoes or piglet which are delicious local dishes. The Mingas is an activity where the locals organize meals together with the objective of working in groups. Visitors can also appreciate what life is like in Granja Porcon through participation in certain activities like the construction of a house, harvests or even working in the field.
As for the clothing, anyone interested in textiles will be in awe of some of the beautiful traditional outfits. The women’s costumes are very colorful and diverse. They typically include skirts made from sheep´s wool; blouses have a long sleeves and a hat native to the area. Men wear dress pants, shirts and hats. When it is the winter season they will also wear the poncho to protect them from the cold.
Top Tips for your stay in Granja Porcon
Granja Porcon offers different packages like “Granja Porcon Complete 3 Day/2 Night”: this includes tours to Zoocriaderoon the first day, which is a rescue centre and small zoo. On the second day guests will go with a local tour guide to the archeological complex Kunturwasi, visit the museum, visit craft workshops, visit the dairy plant, and finally observe the mushroom harvesting process. On the last day you will trek to the waterfalls and have the opportunity to buy local products.
If you prefer to do a shorter tour, without exerting yourself too much, you can take a full day exploring in Granja Porcon itself as there is plenty to keep you busy all day. Visitors are encouraged to buy tickets visit the fish farm, or go for a ride on horses.