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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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We traveled with our three children (7,11, and 13) and my 72 year old mother to Ollantaytambo for 5 days. One day was a trip to Machu Picchu, another day we explored the local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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English first
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We traveled with our three children (7,11, and 13) and my 72 year old mother to Ollantaytambo for 5 days. One day was a trip to Machu Picchu, another day we explored the local Incan fortress in Ollanta, but our "deepest" look into the Andean way of life was our half day trip with Awamaki. We met the 6 women... More 

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Lima, Peru
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I loved my day tour with Awamaki. I was amazed to learn all about the social work they are doing with the communities out there. they also help me to manage my trip in Ollantaytambo, finding a homestay for me and to go to Aguas Caliente,so to get to the Machu Pichu, the service was perfect from A to Z!... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Em, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your tour, homestay, and travel experience with Awamaki! Thank you for supporting our community projects and for writing such a positive review. Take care and we hope you keep in touch! Sincerely, Awamaki Tours More 

Brooklyn, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Our group of three (including my seven-year-old daughter) really enjoyed the homestay in Ollantaytambo and the the weekend in Patacancha, both arranged by Awamaki. The families were wonderful: very friendly, interesting and interested in getting to know us, and willing to accommodate two vegetarians. The folks at Awamaki were responsive and helpful, and all clearly care very much about the... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Happy Traveler, Thank you so much for your positive review for the Weaving Immersion Weekend in Patacancha. I am glad you enjoyed the homestay with the weaving family and the vegetarian meals. Thank you for your business, and best of luck in all of your future travels! Sincerely, Awamaki Tours More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My teenaged son and I spent 10 days in Ollanta and started every morning with 2 hours of Spanish immersion class at Awamaki. We each had our own teacher for one on one learning. Our lessons were extremely creative and included visits to the market, a hike to Pinkuylluna, and various outings around town. It was a true window into... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Jean, Lovely! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed studying Spanish at the Awamaki Language Center. Just last year, the Spanish and Quechua teachers completed an intensive training course on how to provide interactive, relevant instruction in conversation and grammar. Awamaki staff and volunteers tested out these classes, and we are very pleased with the results and impressed... More 

United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We booked a day tour, with Awamaki, to spend one day in a quechua community. With Vivian and Simone, guides in Awamaki, we discovered the community of Patacancha and the village. We met some women of the community, who where very friendly to welcome us. One of the highlights of this tour is the weaving lesson ! In fact, each... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Kopchai, Thank you so much for your stellar review! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the Quechua community visit with weaving lesson and lunch. Take care and best of luck in all of your future travels! Sincerely, Awamaki Tours More 

New York (Manhattan)
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I agreed with many reviewers here that the tour was priced very high. We were charged for $75 each (cash only) for a 3 hr visit of a Quecha weaving community plus a beginner weaving lesson. Regardless, my husband and I both enjoyed the tour a lot. We learned so much about the Andean life, Quecha people, and their weaving... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for rating our tour a five star experience! I will add that you can pay in cash (in dollars or soles), with a credit/debit card in our store in Ollantaytambo, online using your PayPal account, and online with a credit/debit card on PayPal and Rezgo (our online booking site). We are happy to offer our tours at prices... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was one of my favourite activities in the Sacred Valley. True, it's a little pricey, but for the opportunity to get off the tourist path and see an "untouched" village PLUS help a group of marginalised women/villagers, the experience is priceless. We were picked up in the Plaza de Armas of Ollantaytambo and driven about an hour away to... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed and positive review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Huilloc. Take care! More 

Mazeppa, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The weaving tour was great, we really enjoyed it. The place is run by volunteers so the quality of service is a hit and miss - the tour guide was very good but booking was not. The price is quite high. We later took a 2-day boat tour on Lake Titicaca with a homestay at a Quechua family and a... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hi Anna, We’re really glad you enjoyed the tour with us. Through the money we earn through tours, we are able to support the women with whom we work in a variety of ways. These include things such as trainings for quality product development, business and financial management, and personal development. Further, we ensure that the women receive a fair... More 

Hudson, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Our family of 3 did the half day community visit with weaving lesson and it was a great experience and one of the favorite things we did while in Peru. The Awamaki guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the community they were working with. The women in the community were also very friendly, and did a great job teaching... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review of our tour! We’ve fixed the glitch with our Rezgo booking site; the available tour dates now appear correctly. Thanks for reaching out to us via email so that you could pay with the PayPal link. Email communication has been our weakness in the last few months, so in early July we implemented a new... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We did the half day tour with weaving lesson and it was excellent! Our guide picked a small group of us up in the plaza and immediately began explaining the mission and history of Awamaki. She was also extremely helpful in answering questions I had about the community and economic impacts of tourism on the area. When we arrived in... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am glad to hear that your guide was so knowledgeable and helpful. After the tour, your guide told me that the tour was slow to start, and I addressed this in last week's tourism meeting with the cooperative. Since then they have been very prepared and punctual. Furthermore, that's great that you enjoyed the... More 

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