Patacancha Valley
Patacancha Valley
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tchmth
Brockport, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
My son and I took a half day tour to Patacancha with the non profit group Awamaki. This was one of the highlights of our adventure to Peru. After a 45 minute drive we visited a weaving cooperative run by Awamaki. Taylor, our volunteer and guide, was extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend any of the tours offered; keep this non profit alive!
Written August 5, 2013
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liveitupwithnauthiz
Hong Kong, China106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Our final destination was Machu Picchu, however, our flight couldn't match the schedule of the train, we decided to take a taxi from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo then train to Machu Picchu. The Patacancha Valley was breath taking, we walked up and up and the scene of the whole town was amazing.

Some tips
1) If you take a taxi from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo, there are lots of ppl come to you for taxi service. Be sure to negotiate the fare. my husband and I took the taxi at 120peso after negotiation, the first price they gave us was 200peso.

2) Dont walk to fast as the air is too thin...you may have mountain sickness

3) You have to pay to get in Patacancha, be sure you also plan a day or more in Cusco, the ticket sold in the ticket office includes another sightseeing spot like circular terraced bowl of Moray...which is gorgeous.
Written April 8, 2014
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Julie H
Boulder, CO65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
The drive up to Patacancha is an adventure in itself. The views were beautiful and it was quite interesting seeing how the people live. Patacancha village sits at just under 14,000 ft. in elevation and it was quite chilly while we were there. It was wonderful spending time with the women weavers and learning about their craft. One of the highlights was the individual weaving lessons we each had and we came away with pretty bracelets. Sharing lunch with the local people was also delightful. They cooked our lunch (Pachamama) in the ground surrounded by very hot stones. It was delicious! We also got to visit the home of one woman and see how they live. This was a wonderful experience for my husband, granddaughter and myself! I highly recommend it!
Written June 25, 2014
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BarbaraElizabeth
Gibsons, B.C.180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
Wonderful visit to the village of Patacancha with Eco-Inca guide Jhon and driver Ronald. Delicious full meal, a home visit, walks, weaving demonstration and an opportunity to buy directly from the textile producers. We brought bread, pencils and notebooks for the local children, who we encountered on their way home from school. Gained an understanding of the village economy, delivery of education in remote areas, and the fragility of these places.
Written August 3, 2013
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frenchyBrisbane
Brisbane, Australia155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We went to Patacancha today, Sunday being market day in this little community it was a hive of activity. All the communities around gather to buy food, barter and drink chicha. All wear the traditional clothing but are also distinct from one another with the designs and colors.
Only sandals are worn no matter how cold it is, electricity only arrived there 2 years ago but some still won't use it.
Our guide had made sure we bought some treats for the kids so we could take their pictures, most don't speak Spanish but a smile goes along way!
It was so interesting to just watch whilst our guide, Juan gave us a history lesson.
On the way back we stopped at a Quechuan woman's house where we were showed her traditional weaving.
Juan speaks English very eloquently, knows his history well being himself Quechuan and is very friendly
I am so glad we stumbled upon him on a walk and decided to go on this tour with him. He works for Munay tours in Ollantaytambo .
Written April 17, 2016
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hearts_cafe
Cuzco23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
If you’re looking to see in depth how native people live and appreciate a valley taken out from a fairy tale story this is the perfect place Huilloc and Patacancha are two weaving communities that have a unique perspective in the Andean world meaning that their designs are very different than the ones you find in Cusco or any mayor city or town in the sacred valley. In Huilloc you can find a communal store were you see the items in display and in Patacancha you can visit some of the families who will offer you other weavings in some cases you will even see how they produce them ( To be able to see this I suggest you book an organized tour).
The valley is very beautiful especially during the rainy season and you can also see different Inca and Pre Inca settlements like Pumamarka and Markakocha. If you like horseback riding or cycling this is a good option too.
Written January 18, 2016
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Kathleen H
Mt.Shasta,CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
I had a guided tour with a local man. He was great and so conscious of the culture...it was an amazing view...and a steady easy 2hr walk back to town. We walked through peoples land so we brought gifts of fruit, or bread in thanks. One of the highlights of my month long trip.
Written April 30, 2013
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Joeipad25
La Quinta, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We used Ollantaytambo as the base for our 4-Days in Sacred Valley, before moving on to Agua Caliente and Machu Picchu.

The Patacancha valley and Incan Ruins are truly a sight to behold. Altitude acclimation is key for everyone. We chose Ollantaytambo to acclimate and also to help boost one's endurance for climbing stairs at high altitude. Highly recommend others to leverage both the cute rustic town and the ruins as the start of their Peru adventure.

Once at the top of the ruins was awestruck at the size of some of the Incan carved BOULDER size rocks up there. Sources for the boulders are believed to have come from across the river, then somehow conveyed all the way up that hill!! One of the carved rocks had to be at least 12 ft long and how they carved out the notches still makes modern man scratch his head. You can better see in a travel video we made and posted on YouTube search TSSLKJK and look for yourself. This was our first ever trip to South America and it was fantastic being able to spend many days in Ollantaytambo.
Written June 13, 2018
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TorontoSuzie
Toronto10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
We had a delicious friendly lunch of trout and a quinoa soup served by the locals. Of course there were tons of potato varieties too. Juan, the leader of the community, and his wife, are so warm, and conversation flowed, even when not everyone spoke spanish. If you'd like to go off the beaten track and meet Andean locals, we'd recommend this destination.
Written July 30, 2012
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Sushar
San Jose, CA855 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Patacancha valley is high up the Andes at a great elevation but is incredibly beautiful. There are native communities of people living up there, who are very friendly. It is worth a visit to get a taste of the rural life.
Written February 15, 2020
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