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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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 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 

Cusco, Peru
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A volunteer with Awamaki met us at the shop punctually. It's about an hour drive up to the village where we met up with two local women in the cooperative who took us through the process of dyeing and weaving the alpaca and sheep wool products. It was interesting and humbling to find out how much effort goes into making... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour, and I wish you the best for all of your future travels! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I happened to wonder into the Awamaki store not knowing about this amazing organization. After a wonderful conversation with Vivian, my family and I decided last minute to do the Quechua community visit. It truly was one of the highlights of our trip to Peru and an experience my family will never forget!! Vivian, our guide, was quite knowledgeable and... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Wizmans: Thank you for your stellar review! I am happy to hear that you would recommend our Quechua Community Visit to other travelers, and we will work our hardest to continue providing an authentic and insightful tour. I hope you continue to learn about Awamaki, and I wish you safe travels! More 

Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I visited the Quechua weaving community with one of the amazing girls that work for Awamaki. They are truley empowering and helping these women and were ready to answer all my hundreds of questions. You get to see the womans work, how they live, what their houses look like, learn how to weave yourself and see what live looks like... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! I am glad you found the Quechua Community Visit to be rewarding and insightful. Safe travels, and I hope you enjoy your handwoven bracelet! More 

New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Visiting the Quechua weaving community with Awamaki in Ollantaytambo was the highlight of my stay in Peru. The tour guide, Jessa, was very informative, helpful and patient to answer any questions. She treated both the tour group and the Quechua women with utmost respect. It is evident she is passionate about the organization and the positive changes it is making... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Dear Liss, Thanks for giving us five stars! I can't tell you how happy I am to know that the Quechua Community Visit was the highlight of your Peru trip. I am glad to hear that this tour and weaving lesson align so well with your career and interests. And, you're right - buying textiles directly from the women at... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My friend and I did the half-day Quechua community visit that includes weaving instruction. It's such a unique experience. The native Quechua women explain and demonstrate dying, spooling and backstrap weaving processes. Then you pair with a woman who assists you with weaving your own bracelet. The women are gracious hosts. And the work they produce is truly beautiful. Just... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your weaving lesson and Pachamanca (earth-oven) lunch. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have an expert weaver work with you one-on-one to make a bracelet. Our team is constantly impressed by the women's generosity, expertise in natural dyeing and weaving, and business management skills! I very much appreciate your visit... More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I did the morning weaving excursion, and had a great experience. This organization provides a really intimate cultural experience with local Quechua women that I don't believe you can get any other way in the area. We got to visit these women's community, houses, and see how they live, and how they weave! Then we were taught to weave ourselves... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Awamaki has high quality items made via fair trade by the Quechua women of the Andes mountain. Best shopping in town by far! Beautiful scarves, hats, purses and much more.

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