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Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Phone Number: +51 84 984 521292
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Description: Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan...
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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Amazing experience and a must do!

I happened to wonder into the Awamaki store not knowing about this amazing organization. After a wonderful conversation with Vivian, my family and I decided last minute to do the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I happened to wonder into the Awamaki store not knowing about this amazing organization. After a wonderful conversation with Vivian, my family and I decided last minute to do the Quechua community visit. It truly was one of the highlights of our trip to Peru and an experience my family will never forget!! Vivian, our guide, was quite knowledgeable and... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Wizmans: Thank you for your stellar review! I am happy to hear that you would recommend our Quechua Community Visit to other travelers, and we will work our hardest to continue providing an authentic and insightful tour. I hope you continue to learn about Awamaki, and I wish you safe travels! More 

Berlin, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I visited the Quechua weaving community with one of the amazing girls that work for Awamaki. They are truley empowering and helping these women and were ready to answer all my hundreds of questions. You get to see the womans work, how they live, what their houses look like, learn how to weave yourself and see what live looks like... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! I am glad you found the Quechua Community Visit to be rewarding and insightful. Safe travels, and I hope you enjoy your handwoven bracelet! More 

New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Liss, Thanks for giving us five stars! I can't tell you how happy I am to know that the Quechua Community Visit was the highlight of your Peru trip. I am glad to hear that this tour and weaving lesson align so well with your career and interests. And, you're right - buying textiles directly from the women at... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your weaving lesson and Pachamanca (earth-oven) lunch. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have an expert weaver work with you one-on-one to make a bracelet. Our team is constantly impressed by the women's generosity, expertise in natural dyeing and weaving, and business management skills! I very much appreciate your visit... More 

Toronto, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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McMurdo Station
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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