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Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

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Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

Has anyone visited this weaving community? What was your experience like? Would you recommend it?

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1. Re: Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

Yes, I did this last May, and thought it was worthwhile. The travel is by local van (it is supposed to be a private van, although they may pick up some people along the way). If I remember right, it takes about an hour each way from Ollantaytambo. The van is supposed to wait at the community for the group, in case anyone has altitude issues.

You get demonstrations of spinning and weaving, perhaps dyeing if they are doing that. The women bring their own products for sale but the prices will be fair trade. (You need to bring cash and it's direct purchase between the two of you with no intermediary). Also you visit a dwelling (adobe hut) .

If you like photography you will get some great photos, as the women have agreed that this is part of the deal.

Edited: 2:37 pm, January 28, 2013
Eureka, North...
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2. Re: Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

Thank you for your information. An hour each way - how long did you stay there? Did you go on your own or with the Awamaki organization?

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3. Re: Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

Its a half day altogether so it would be a few hours up there, yes I went with Awamaki.

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4. Re: Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

Yes... without doubt. this is one of the more authentic areas of dress and traditions. The people are warm welcoming and generous. If you get a chance - visit the local school - their work ethic, focus and attention is something to see.

glen

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5. Re: Patakancha - Quecha Weaving Community

If you can grab a local guide - it is really worth doing a walk back down the valley to Ollantay - or doing a horse ride if you prefer... a fantastic way to see the Valley compared to a car.

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