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Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Phone Number: +51 84 984 521292
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Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan...

Awamaki offers alternative tours, homestays, language classes, artisan workshops and fair trade crafts shopping for visitors who want an authentic Andean experience. We are a non-profit that provides rural women with economic opportunities and skills development. We’re based in scenic, peaceful Ollantaytambo, centrally located in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Our Sustainable Tourism Program encourages visitors to spend more time in Ollantaytambo to explore the local culture. The Program connects women and their families, including the rural poor, with the economic opportunities that tourism offers so that they may increase their quality of life and well-being.

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A highlight of our Peru trip

My sister and I had the weaving tour. It was very interesting/informative and we had the opportunity to purchase finely crafted goods directly from the women who made them. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
karenrmarshall
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Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I had the weaving tour. It was very interesting/informative and we had the opportunity to purchase finely crafted goods directly from the women who made them. The day concluded with a delicious home-cooked meal (trout) and a quick tour of one of their homes. Highly recommended.

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AwamakiTours, sustainable tourism volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hi Karen! Thank you for the kind words and for being such thoughtful visitors, I hope you had a great rest of your trip! best wishes, jenni More 

Davis, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I and our adult daughter did their weaving tour. We all liked it very much. Very informative. It was great to see how weaving has been done traditionally in the Andes.

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AwamakiTours, sustainable tourism volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

I'm so glad you all had a great time, thank you for working with Awamaki! best wishes, jenni More 

Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Cant say enough about this tour. We did the 1 day visit to see the weaving ladies and it was such a wonderful experience. Melvin and Jenny took great care of us and provided such in depth information about not only the weaving aspect of the tour, but also the culture and lifestyle of these wonderful ladies and the village... More 

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AwamakiTours, sustainable tourism volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the extremely generous review! I hope you all had a great rest of your trip, I still laugh with Juan about the flat tire that day! best wishes, jenni More 

Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Awamaki is a non-profit organization that works with families from rural communities around Ollantaytambo. Their tours are absolutely amazing. It is awesome to see how the people from the communities live and it is so great to interact with these lovely women. My best experience in Peru so far!

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hi Melvin! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour, thank you for your kind words! best wishes, jenni More 

Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have visited Awamaki on my way to Machu Picchu. I spent one day with the group of women that the nonprofit Awamaki is collaborating with. It has been wonderful to have this insight experience and spending time with them. I strongly recommend you this visit!

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for your kind words and support of Awamaki, we truly appreciate it! Hope you enjoyed your trip to Machu Picchu as well :) best wishes, jenni More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We loved our 1/2 day visit to a local village (sorry we didn't stay for lunch) and learned so much about the community, people and traditions. Highly recommend an Awamaki tour and Ollantaytambo is a small city you shouldn't rush through! It's wonderful and Awamaki's shop has great, locally made crafts.

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hi Kimberlee! Thank you so much for speaking so highly of Awamaki, we are so glad you enjoyed the tour and our store :) best wishes, jenni More 

Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

I am a little late in writing this review- my family took the village visit with the panchamanka lunch. We visited a quechua village, interacted with the women and their children, watched and learned how to weave from the wool to final product and then got to make our own bracelets. It was a very special experience for us, especially... More 

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hello! I am so happy to hear your entire family thoroughly enjoyed the day! We truly appreciate your support and kind words :) best wishes, jenni More 

State College
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Stephy our guide was excellent. We loved every minute of the rural tourism package! We'd recommend to families, couples, and larger groups alike.

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Hello! I'm so glad you enjoyed the day! Thank you for your support of Awamaki :) warm regards, jenni More 

Walla Walla, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip. We did the day long trip to the Patacancha Village's Women's textile collective with our guide Juan and our driver Juan, from the town of Patacancha. If you are looking for a genuine experience, not a touristy gimmick village experience, this is the trip for you. Awamaki is a non-profit NGO... More 

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AwamakiTours, Tourism Volunteer at Awamaki, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! I am so glad you had a fulfilling day in Patachanca and a great experience with Awamaki :) best wishes! jenni More 

San Diego
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We arranged a homestay through Awamaki that purported to be a cultural exchange for the benefit of indigenous residents, and presumably, with an indigenous family. The family we stayed with was absolutely delightful, welcoming and warm, serving excellent food with good cheer; however, they were a rather comfortably well-off and educated family and we cannot see how that fulfilled the... More 

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Kennedy L, General Manager at Awamaki, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that the homestay was not as you expected. I have reviewed our website and we do make it very clear that the homestay is with middle-class families from Ollantaytambo, which is not an indigenous village. We do work with indigenous women in our artisan programs, but they live high in the mountains, about an hour... More 

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