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Awamaki

Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
+51 84 984 521292
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Owner description: Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan workshops and fair trade...
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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.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

It was the most meaningful and interesting part of my Peru trip. That is all I can say. I was deeply touched. I would recommend everyone to do it!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While staying in Ollantaytambo, we scheduled a half-day tour of the Quechua community in Patacancha. The tour was beyond expectations and the ride to Patacancha was scenic. Our tour guide (Julia) was very knowledgeable about Quechua arts and culture. We had the opportunity to partake in weaving and made a bracelet with the help of the ladies. It was an... More 

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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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