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Awamaki

Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Phone Number: +51 84 984 521292
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Owner description: Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan workshops and fair trade...
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Owner description: Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan workshops and fair trade crafts shopping for visitors who want an authentic Andean experience. We are a non-profit that provides rural women with economic opportunities and skills development. We’re based in scenic, peaceful Ollantaytambo, centrally located in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Our Sustainable Tourism Program encourages visitors to spend more time in Ollantaytambo to explore the local culture. The Program connects women and their families, including the rural poor, with the economic opportunities that tourism offers so that they may increase their quality of life and well-being.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Visiting the Quechua weaving community with Awamaki in Ollantaytambo was the highlight of my stay in Peru. The tour guide, Jessa, was very informative, helpful and patient to answer any questions. She treated both the tour group and the Quechua women with utmost respect. It is evident she is passionate about the organization and the positive changes it is making... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My friend and I did the half-day Quechua community visit that includes weaving instruction. It's such a unique experience. The native Quechua women explain and demonstrate dying, spooling and backstrap weaving processes. Then you pair with a woman who assists you with weaving your own bracelet. The women are gracious hosts. And the work they produce is truly beautiful. Just... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I did the morning weaving excursion, and had a great experience. This organization provides a really intimate cultural experience with local Quechua women that I don't believe you can get any other way in the area. We got to visit these women's community, houses, and see how they live, and how they weave! Then we were taught to weave ourselves... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Awamaki has high quality items made via fair trade by the Quechua women of the Andes mountain. Best shopping in town by far! Beautiful scarves, hats, purses and much more.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took the Quechua Community Visit after reading all of the positive reviews. What you may not know is that Awamaki is operated out of the United States. The idea behind this organization is that they empower the women in these poor communites (by transferring money from your pocket to theirs). Their low-season rate for a bus ride to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I did a community visit with a weaving lesson and lunch at one of the villages. It was by far one of the best things I have done in South America. It was incredible to get to visit a culture so far off from my own without feeling overly intrusive or unwanted. The photography oportunities were amazing, and it was... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We chose Awamaki as it is a non-profit working to help the Quechua mountain women prosper through selling their hand woven goods using the ancient techniques of making thread, dying the wool, weaving products, and selling them. The idea is to make the communities self-sustainable which we wanted to support. We enjoyed a morning of weaving with local women, drinking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were fortunate to be able to visit with the Pachamanca women and be treated to a weaving lesson and fabulous lunch. The "tour" was so laid back and personal, warm and friendly that it was hard to say goodbye. Having the bracelets we wove ourselves certainly helped! Do NOT miss this opportunity!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

It was the most meaningful and interesting part of my Peru trip. That is all I can say. I was deeply touched. I would recommend everyone to do it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While staying in Ollantaytambo, we scheduled a half-day tour of the Quechua community in Patacancha. The tour was beyond expectations and the ride to Patacancha was scenic. Our tour guide (Julia) was very knowledgeable about Quechua arts and culture. We had the opportunity to partake in weaving and made a bracelet with the help of the ladies. It was an... More 

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