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Awamaki Rural Tourism Package

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    What to Expect
    Please Note: Because we are a small non-profit, we are not able to guarantee a private tour. There may be other visitors in your tour group. However, most of our tours are very small, between 2 and 6 people.

    Itinerary

    Leave Ollantaytambo at 9 am and return by 3 pm.

    Trip Description:

    Take a journey into the heart of a Quechua community through our impactful and intimate community visit to learn more about the Pre-Incan weaving tradition and Andean indigenous culture. The trip begins with a beautiful drive, ascending nearly 1,000m, to the upper Andean community of Patacancha or Huilloc. Upon arrival we will visit the cooperative's weaving center to learn about weaving and its significance in Andean culture. The trip includes a demonstration of the entire process, beginning with how alpaca or sheep wool is hand spun into yarn, how local plants are used as natural dyes, and finally how the yarn is woven into the final product. After the demonstration, you will have the chance to try weaving yourself! After your weaving lesson, enjoy a home-cooked meal in a weaver’s home including soup and main course. The day will end with a chance to purchase items from the women you met during your tour, providing you a change to bring home a hand-woven memory from your trip. 
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Plaza de Armas in front of La Esquina café in Ollantaytambo
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    6h
    Return Details
    A van will pick you up in Patacancha and return you to the Plaza in Ollantaytambo
    Inclusions
    • English-speaking guide/ interpreter
    • Transportation from and to Ollantaytambo
    • Weaving lesson and demonstrations
    • Home-cooked lunch
    • Lunch
    Exclusions
    • Transportation to Ollantaytambo from other cities, such as Urubamba or Cusco
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Water
    • Sunscreen
    • Warm clothing (layers)
    • Rain jacket (just in case!)
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Local currency (5 - 500 soles) in small bills in case you would like to buy textiles from the weavers. We recommend small bills because the women can't typically make change
    • We can accommodate most special requests. We can accommodate nearly all dietary restrictions. Please note special requests or dietary restrictions in the “special instructions” section when you book. We will contact you if we are unable to accommodate your request.
    • Other travel needs: If you need transportation from Cusco to Ollantatyambo, your hotel will be able to arrange this. You can also find instructions here for using a shared taxi or buses. https://www.bestofperutravel.com/how-to-get-to-ollantaytambo/ We are unable to arrange transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. However, we can help you arrange transportation from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco. Just ask your guide during your tour. We can also bring your luggage on the tour if you are in transit, or store them securely at our office.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Wonderful intro to Peru and the people there. The tour was ethical, educational and so much fun! Wish more tours were as responsible and beneficial for the community. My group, all in their 30's, can't stop talking about the experience. An honor to meet and...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank elleklein31
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This weekend was a fantastic to be close with locals in the Andes, learn a tradition alongside folks who do this for a living and really understand what life is like there. The weather fluctuated a lot during the day and night, so bring many...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank spedersen
    Reviewed 20 August 2019

    This was an outstanding tour--not your typical tourist experience--and one of the highlights of our trip to Peru. One of the most interesting things I have done in a long time. We (husband, son and daughter in early 20's, and I) visited a womens' weaving...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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