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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Quechua Community Visit and Weaving Experience

Half Day | Weaving and Community Visit

Take a beautiful drive ascending nearly 1,000m from Ollantaytombo to the upper Andean community of Patacancha or Huilloc. Learn about weaving and its significance in Andean culture, see a demonstration of the entire process, then learn to weave for yourself!

Your visit will 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

Half Day

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion, Off the Beaten Path and Family Friendly

Languages

Spanish, Other Local Language and English

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

Rural Communities

Connect

Awamaki

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$85/person

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Speaks: Spanish, Other Local Language and English

Highlights

  • Explore the local Panacancha or Huilloc communities
  • Learn about the rich history of weaving in Andean culture
  • Create your own pulsera (bracelet) to take home
  • Enjoy a wonderfully cooked meal with your local host

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year
  • Picturesque drive from Ollantaytambo to a rural Quechua community (Patacancha or Huilloc)
  • Discussion of Andean backstrap weaving as it relates to Andean culture and history
  • Demonstration and explanation of the traditional weaving process by female weavers in the Awamaki Weaving Cooperative
  • One-on-one weaving lesson
  • Visit to a traditional Quechua home
  • Home-cooked local lunch
  • Opportunity to buy our weavers' hand-made textiles
  • Return to Ollantaytambo

What's Included

Activities

Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Getting to Know Locals, Making Crafts and Weaving

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

Lunch
A freshly cooked meal in the home of one of the weavers!

Transport

Private van

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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

The trip begins in Ollantaytambo, where you will then experience a picturesque drive to the communities of either Patacancha or Huilloc.