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Awamaki

Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
+51 84 984 521292
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan workshops and fair trade crafts shopping for visitors who want an authentic... more » 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did Quechua community visit and weaving class tour. And this was the best tour we did in Peru. First, the ride is amazing. You can really see amazing view driving up 1000 meters in 50 minutes. You will share road with a few running bulls(don't worry they are under control by owners) and a group of sheep, and occasional... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The weaving immersion weekend in Patacancha was the highlight of my time in Peru. Learning to weave with my teacher, Felicia, who is a paragon for women everywhere, was an experience that I will never forget, and my homestay accommodations were perfect. The stars at night in this community are overwhelmingly beautiful, and the experience is enhanced by the delicious... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our family of four did the Quechua weaving community visit with the weaving lesson and traditional meal. We highly recommend it and recommend paying for the weaving and meal. It was really meaningful and a way to see a community we would never have been able to see or interact with without Awamaki. Guide is a native English speaker who... More

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been in Peru for a little over a month now and this weaving immersion workshop was by far one of the most memorable and thought-provoking experiences I've had yet. I learned so much about the culture and way of life in the Andean highlands and gained infinite respect for the weavers of Patacancha. The tour was very informative... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I was in Peru in May 2014 with a friend. We wanted to make sure we had some true Peruvian experiences, less maimed by the tourism industry, and ones that were working with and for local communities in a sustainable way. Awamaki provided this! We did both the Quechua weaving community visit and a Peruvian cooking class. The weaving community... More

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North Haledon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was by far the best part of my trip to Ollanta! I loved the weaving lesson and I am still wearing the bracelet I made - two months after coming home. My tour guide, Tessa, was sweet and knowledgeable and really funny!! I would highly recommend the Quechua visit tour or any tour with Awamaki.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I did the Quechua community visit, and loved it! The tour is an alternative to mainstream tours in the region and takes you to a Quechua community to learn about weaving at their weaving cooperative. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned a lot! Thanks!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I had the privilege of taking a tour with Awamaki to Huilloc, one of the weaving communities Awamaki works with. Everything was executed perfectly by Awamaki and the community members that received us. After a short ride to the community, we arrived and were shortly after given a delicious local tea to enjoy while we were introduced to the fabulous... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Awamaki's tours are one of a kind and truely bring you a unique and authentic understanding of the Andes and it's beautiful life and culture. We went on Awamaki's weaving tours and absolutely loved the experience. We learned so much about weaving, the painstaking process that goes into it and the beautiful textiles that emerge from it. The local culture... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Thank you Awamaki! I had a beautiful weekend in Patacancha learning how to weave in the weaving immersion workshop weekend. Was able to experience Andean life, food, culture, and warmth from the women. The tour was very well organized, with the head of tourism, Julia, as our guide. The mountains are incredibly beautiful and remote--it is a very special, unique... More

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