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

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 NEW 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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Part of our trip included two days of working with Awamaki as volunteers. We participated in building a community center for women to work. The people at Awamaki are just beyond amazing! What they do is so important. Even if you cannot take the time to volunteer visit the store and spend lots of SOL! The money goes back to... More

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Kennedy L, General Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words! We loved having you and we really appreciate all your hard work to build the community center. Come back and visit us someday! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I really enjoyed my Patachancha tour with your volunteer, Tessa. She was full of information about weaving, the village and the culture. I was surprised at how much she had learned in just the short time she was at Awamaki. She also was tolerant of my many "asides" and questions, answering with a big smile! She's a born tour guide.... More

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Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

What a treat this was...to come to the Quechua community of Patachanca. The women, with their babies on their back, fixed us an "earthen" lunch of potatoes, banana, chicken and beans....they were cooked underground with hot stones.....amazing (called Pachamanca lunch)! They showed us their weaving and finished products. They had a greenhouse where their fresh veggies come from and also... More

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minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My three daughters and I went on the half-day weaving lesson excursion. From the trip up the beautiful Andean mountainside, to the tour of a Patacancha Village home, the sights were authentic and moving. The close contact of working face to face/ one on one with an artisan to craft a simple, yet impressive, bracelet creates a closeness that cannot... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

My friend and I did the Patacancha village visit and weaving lesson and it was a truly unique experience! We got to see the village, which is 12,500 feet above sea level, and meet the men, women and children who live there. Then our very helpful guide, Giulia, explained the process of weaving from the materials used to how to... More

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