We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Awamaki

Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
+51 84 984 521292
Website
Update attraction details
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Write a Review

55 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    52
    1
    0
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I visited Ollantaytambo in December. My daughter was volunteering with Awamaki for a couple of months. She asked me what I would like to do as Awamaki offered various workshops. I told her I was interested in woodworking. She suggested a traditional hand-carving class. My daughter and I enrolled in the class with Julio Farfan a traditional hand carver (many... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cusco, Peru
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

During the hustle of visiting all the ruins and sites of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, it can be too easy to skip the opportunity to visit something truly authentic and touching. Awamaki's weaving tours are worth clearing a day for and then some! Went one Awamaki's day-tour to the weaving cooperative they support in Patacancha. Such a beautiful... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

During my stay in Ollantaytambo, I took part in the Quechua community visit to Awamaki's weaving center in Patacancha and in the cooking class at Irma's place. Both were amazing experiences. The half-day tour to Patacancha offers an insight into life in the communities just outside the Sacred Valley. For me, the weaving of a bracelet with one of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newport, Oregon
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The best souvenir of the Peruvian highlands has to be hand woven fabrics. The markets are full of machine made look-alikes, but there are a few reliable places to buy the real thing. For me the best place of all is Awamaki in Ollantaytambo. The prices are good, the quality impeccable and if you buy here you will be doing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Burlington, Vermont
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I can highly recommend the services of the Awamaki organization. I really enjoyed their excursion to the weaving cooperative in the village of Patacancha. The outing is not for someone looking for a "luxury experience." That's exactly why, I think, everyone really enjoys any outing this organization offers. Its an honest look into the lives of local peruvians. A unique... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brookline, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

My 14 year old daughter and I visited the weaving cooperative in the village of Patacancha in August. The woman of the village were very welcoming, and it was fascinating to see their skill and creativity in action as they wove various pieces on their backstrap looms. During our five week trip to Peru, my daughter had been collecting an... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
los angeles
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

And now for something completely different...My husband and I always love taking a cooking class where ever we go. So Ollantaytambo was no exception. We found Awamaki.com while doing a little online search. They offer wonderful options to the usual "adventures". Our two hour cooking class in the home of Irma, one of the most respected "home cooks" in town... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

My daughter and I just returned from an amazing experience living with and learning from Daniel and his loving family for four days in Parobamba. We learned to dye yarn and weave but most importantly we were warmly welcomed into their lives. The evening meals with the family by candle light as there was no electricity were so enjoyable. Daniel... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guadalajara, Mexico
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This half-day tour to meet the women at Patacancha and watch them work on the hand made textiles is a must when you visit Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Awamaki also viewed

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
 
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
 

Been to Awamaki? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Awamaki, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing