Ollantaytambo, Peru

Immersive Andean Weaving Excursion

3 Days | Weaving, Family Homestay and Cultural Activities

Experience indigenous Quechua culture in the high mountain community of Patacancha. This 3 day excursion will fully immerse you into the authentic life of Quechua living as you learn to weave beautiful Peruvian garmets, hike to glacial lakes, and participate in village activities.

Your stay will also directly support the non-profit organization Awamaki in its mission to empower local Andean women to improve the lives of their families and communities.

Right for You?

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Off the Beaten Path

Languages

Spanish, Other Local Language and English
Your group will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who can assist you in communicating with the locals who speak their native Quechua and Spanish.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Mountains and Rural Communities

Connect

Wifi: None

Awamaki

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$300/person

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Speaks: Spanish, Other Local Language and English

Highlights

  • Experience authentic Quechua culture
  • Learn to weave beautiful Andean bracelets and headbands
  • Escape in to the breathtaking Andean mountains
  • Live with a warm hearted local host family

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

1 - 10 travelers

8:45am: Meet in the Plaza de Armas in front of La Esquina café
9:00am: Depart from Ollantaytambo, travel by van to Patacancha
10:00am: Introduction to weaving and Patacancha
12:00pm: Introduction to homestay family and rest
1:00pm: Lunch with family
1:30pm: 3-hour weaving lesson
5:00pm: Group tea time
6:30pm: Dinner with family
7.30pm: Family time/Rest

7:30am: Breakfast with family
8:00am: Hike to Ipsaycocha (Andean lake)
12:30pm: Lunch with family
2:00pm: 3-hour weaving lesson
5:00pm: Group tea time
6:30pm: Dinner with family
7:30pm: Family time/Rest

7:30am: Breakfast with family
9:00am: 3-hour weaving lesson
1:00pm: Pachamanca lunch
2:30pm: Departure from Patacancha
3:30pm: Arrival in Ollantaytambo

What's Included

Lodging

2 Nights Family Homestay

Activities

Art, Class/Workshop, Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Family Homestay, Getting to Know Locals, Making Crafts and Weaving

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

Family Homestay and No Hot Water

Food

All meals included
Food is basic but wholesome Andean fare consisting mainly of thick potato, grain and vegetable soups, chicken, eggs, and plenty of potatoes cooked every way. You will also be provided with a large basket of fruits and vegetables to share with your homestay family during your stay.

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Your Local Host

Awamaki

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise

Explore Ollantaytambo and its surrounding villages and get to know the people that live there with authentic cultural experiences you can’t find anywhere else. You can take a variety of cultural tours and artisan workshops that will bring you off the beaten track to experience Andean culture; try spinning on the ancient Andean drop spindle, learn to cook local specialties, visit a local "Ollantino” family, or improve your Spanish in a language class. Awamki works directly with rural Adean women to provide them with a reliable source of income to increase their families’ quality of life and well-being. The opportunites are endless with this powerful collective community.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included) and Local transport
You will meet your experience guide at a cafe in the heart of Ollantaytambo. From there you will ride one hour by car up the valley and in to the mountains of Patacancha.