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Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Phone Number: +51 84 984 521292
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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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One of the best days of our trip - highly recommended

We had been told by someone else about this women's weaving collective, and were keen to do it - we had a spare day in Ollantytambo and this was how we wanted to spend it. What... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
onerosenz
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had been told by someone else about this women's weaving collective, and were keen to do it - we had a spare day in Ollantytambo and this was how we wanted to spend it. What was special? Being invited in to share the lives of real people. None spoke English, few even spoke spanish, they spoke Quechua the language... More 

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Machu Picchu, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful experience! Our translator/guide Steffi was absolutely wonderful. She was informative and helpful and sincerely cares about her work and the lives of people in ollantaytambo. Irma, the chef who prepared our meal was so talented and welcoming. The community of ollantaytambo is a special place and we were delighted to give back anyway we could. I... More 

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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We really enjoyed visiting Patacancha, a day with many highlights. The drives up and back were lovely, we were able to stop at a small church for a rare peek inside, the village women were really welcoming, the traditional lunch delicious. We enjoyed our little weaving projects and each purchased handmade keepsakes. Vivian did a wonderful job of explaining things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This was such an amazing experience, so lovely to meet these gorgeous local women and get to experience a part of their lives, culture and heritage. I highly recommend going!! Such a huge highlight of our trip to Peru.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Awamaki provides many local experiences beyond visiting the weaving communities, which we unfortunately could not fit into our schedule. But we did a cooking class, which is at a local home--Irma was our cook--delightful, talented, patient....and Carys from Awamaki was our charming translator. We first walked through the mercado to see what and where Irma bought our groceries, then walked... More 

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AwamakiTours, Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

I had wonderful time cooking with you and your family! Thank you so much for taking a class with us and I'm glad that you think Irma is as fantastic as I do! I hope you enjoyed your time in Lima and bought lots of lovely things in Pisac! Best wishes, Carys More 

Boquete, Panama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Several weeks before arranging to visit Ollantaytambo, I contacted Awamaki to book a couple of tours. One, a two night home stay in a Quechua village. The second, a tour to Patacancha for a chance to see Quechua women teach weaving. The home stay never happened because Awamaki didn't return my emails to confirm the booking after assuring us they... More 

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AwamakiTours, Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

I am very disappointed to hear about your experience trying to book with us. While I know that these words cannot change the outcome of your experience, I do hope that you will accept our sincerest apology. This level of service is not acceptable, and we have already addressed it with the concerned parties. As you will read in our... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Rarely do you get the chance to really interact with the local people of the Sacred Valley. During the Weaving Immersion trip with Vivian, I spent time learning weaving techniques from a local weaver, and had a great time getting to know the lovely Quechua family who hosted me during my stay. The 3 days living in the beautiful mountains... More 

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Neustadt, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I was very happy to find Awamaki online. This is just the kind of travel I like! We were able to arrange homestays in various villages as well as community visits. We loved staying in the Quechua village of Patchamama. I am a spinner myself and enjoyed working with the women and seeing how they produce their textiles. Very nice... More 

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AwamakiTours, Volunteer at Awamaki at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Sharilyn! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Sacred Valley. All the best, Kelly. More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

It is so hard to have anything close to an authentic experience of a place these days, but we did today. My son (12) and I spent the morning trying our hand at spinning thread from sheep and alpaca wool, dying it in a clay pot over a kindling fire, and weaving bracelets with Quecha women in a small village... More 

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AwamakiTours, Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

I'm so glad that our tour was everything you wanted it to be. And I hope you had lot's of fun as well as learning a little bit. The opportunity to take younger people up is so rewarding so thank you. I hope you had a great trek. Best wishes, Carys More 

Samaipata, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Did the half day weaving tour tour, can't fault it. Carys the guide was lovely and knowledgeable, really interesting morning in gorgeous countryside. What a privilege being taught how to make a bracelet by such talented...and patient women.

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AwamakiTours, Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you! I'm so happy that you came up with us and enjoyed the morning. And such a beautiful bracelet! Best, Carys More 

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