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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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New York (Manhattan)
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8 reviews
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Mazeppa, Minnesota
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Hudson, New Hampshire
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9 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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Tucson, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
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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 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This volunteer organization is hit or miss.  They post hours on their door but don't show up for hours.  Often hard to email with themWe did two tours with them.  The Peruvian cooking class was ok, but the facility did not allow much hands on work and the volunteer guide did not speak Spanish well.  The visit to the Quechua... More 

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

Thank you for your helpful review. First, I am sorry to hear that our store was closed when you visited. In very rare cases something comes up and our staff must step away for a few minutes. Your feedback about the cooking class is helpful, and we are already working with the instructor to prepare the food in a bigger,... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We went on the 1/2 day community weaving visit and we can only echo the excellent comments and reviews of how brilliant an experience this is. The location high up in the quiet valley is stunning and it is a real insight into everyday life learning the spinning and weaving process. Vivian from Awamaki was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review! I am so glad that you went on our Quechua Community Visit to Huilloc and enjoyed it. Best of luck to you in all of your future travels! Sincerely, Awamaki Tours More 

Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We took a trip to a weaving village with Awamaki. To start, the hour drive up to the village on a one-lane road was spectacular. We met the weavers and they gave a demonstration of the backstrap weaving technique. Then, we got to make our own bracelets. My girls (11 and 13) did much better at this than mom and... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed the tour, and I agree, it is a great idea to stay for lunch! :) . Best wishes to you and your family, Awamaki Tours More 

New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My immediate family of 4 (husband and 8 yo boy and 13 yo girl) spent a week in Ollantaytambo. My sister in law with her teenage son and two college age girls spent 3 nights there. Awamaki is located in this town, but the village we visit is about an hour car ride away deeper into the mountains. My immediate... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Renata and family, Thank you so much for your excellent review! It was my pleasure being your tour guide for the day. It was such a joy to meet your family, and it was great to see how your son, especially, loved learning about Andean culture! Best of luck in all of your future travels! More 

minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My three daughters and I took the half day instructional weaving tour and it truly was a highlight of our trip to Peru. What an empowering place for the women to gather and provide for their village without a completely "staged" zoo - type feel. The children were absolutely adorable, the women patient and appropriately amused at my like of... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! I am glad you enjoyed the tour. And, exactly - we are so happy to offer an authentic tour that empowers the women without that touristy or zoo atmosphere. Thank you again for your support of our project, and don't worry - we always use the same handful of trusted drivers, and they are cautious and... More 

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Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Phone Number: +51 84 984 521292
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Sacred Valley  >  Ollantaytambo

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