Centro Texti Urpi
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bruce_santarosa
Santa Rosa, CA132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Our first warning on this place is that our guide took us there. They show you how things are being woven and there's a nice demonstration on how they dye alpaca wool using native dyes. That's all well and good.
Then, you are in the system. You will end up buying something that when you get it home you realize isn't even alpaca and also is not hand made. We got a nice bed runner for too much money. To add insult to injury, I insisted on being charged on our Visa card in Soles and they SWORE that was the case, but when I got the bill I figured out it was charged in dollars which cost me another ten bucks maybe.
Someone is getting rich here. I hope the women who work here get part of the take, but I doubt if they do. We have been all over and without exception find that the places that guides take you will rip you off. Enough said. You have been warned.
Written October 8, 2018
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Lauren Y
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We visited this little "market" on the way from Urubamba to Cusco. We received muña tea and drank it while we watched the woman show us how she prepared and cleaned the alpaca wool. The woman then demonstrated how they dye the wool & showed us how the wool is then used to create beautiful textiles and clothing. It was very interesting and easy to understand (the woman spoke in English).

We then shopped around at the little stands. There was a very large variety of items to choose from and it was great because we knew that the items were all handmade, from real alpaca. The prices were so reasonable that we ended up purchasing 10+ items. I would definitely recommend making a stop at this place.
Written April 6, 2017
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Bob W
Jacksonville, TX65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Our taxi driver brought us here on the way from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. They welcome you with coca tea and demonstrate washing, dyeing, spinning and weaving alpaca wool. There's grass for you to feed the alpacas and resident guinea pigs.

Then of course there are the finished products available for sale. My wife wasn't too sure about the prices, since we hadn't visited other markets yet. Once we did, she wished she could have come back here. These are the same products but with no middlemen.

It was also the perfect time to stretch one's legs during the long ride to Ollantaytambo. I'll bet the colectivos don't stop here.
Written July 14, 2016
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melissassm
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada3,184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited independently and were given a quick, cursory demonstration of the dying and weaving process. Then the high pressure sales attempts began “You buy, lady” became a repeated chant. Like, chill for one minute and let me l.o.o.k. Constantly pulling out other textiles to wave at me while I’m trying to look at another piece. Perhaps my experience would have been different of I was with a bigger group to take some of the sales pressure & attention from me eeeesh. You will inevitably see at least one weaving demonstration while in Peru, so it doesn’t need to be this one.
Written April 23, 2024
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Steffanie v
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
FAKE - FRAUD Ripped us off - told us we were buying real alpaca sweaters, sold us two sweaters and a poncho saying it was real, only to come home and test it: it was synthetic as can be. Absolutely disappointed!
Written April 18, 2022
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Yes it's very informative, especially around the subject of how they get all those colours and then the weaving demonstration. Unfortunately after that there just seemed to be a hard sell. From our travels in Peru you can buy here and maybe (just maybe) they weaved it but prices are cheaper in the general markets.
Written August 8, 2019
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ZeroOverZero
Reston, VA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We were taken there by our guide on a one-day tour of Sacred Valley. The effort to get there was significantly out of the way. The exact same products are sold throughout the Sacred Valley at significantly less prices. Time and money would have been better spent visiting the other ruins in Sacred Valley.
Written October 21, 2018
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landplanner1
Ellicott City, MD12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
The women at this facility were very gracious, and presented several demonstrations on the cleaning, and dying of sheep, lama, and alpaca wool with local materials, including the prickly pear scale which provides the reds and orange colors for their dyes. They also demonstrated the highly complex weaving of wool textiles with traditional patterns which also contain ques for cultural legends and traditions. There were many and varied hand-made textile products to purchase from a number of local vendors.
Written August 27, 2018
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Philip R
Huby, UK887 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This was almost informative venue for learning about Peruvian Designs and their manufacture. How the various dyes were obtained and the veritable multitude of differing colours made for a choice of what to buy a real problem. We ended up getting a Table Runner which was expensive even though we did haggle a bit.
The animals in the centre were well housed and seemed to enjoy human company - rather unusual for Llama, Alpacas and Vicunas. Worth a visit.
Written July 23, 2018
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Bob H
Mississauga, Canada18,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited this Peruvian textile instruction facility and had a very detailed explanation / demonstration of how dyes are used to color fabrics as well as how textiles are weaved into clothing. Their shop contains a wide selection of items including clothes, tablecloths, blankets to name a few items. Very interesting and well worth a visit.
Written July 15, 2018
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