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Awamaki

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Address: Pilco Wasi s/n, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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+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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Most enriching and interesting tour

We appreciated the one day tour with Awamaki . The tour guide was very informed about the region of Patacancha and of course of the life and culture of the Quechua. From the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Gisela H
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Munchen

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We appreciated the one day tour with Awamaki . The tour guide was very informed about the region of Patacancha and of course of the life and culture of the Quechua. From the Quechua women we learned a lot about processing and handling wool of the different types of animals -alpaka, lama, sheep etc.- and also we learned spinning and... More 

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boston, ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was one of the most memorable activities we did in Peru. We (2 parents, 2 kids age 8 and 11) took a van up to a mountain village and learned how weaving is done, from wool to yarn to weaving looms. They taught us to weave a narrow bracelet then we were able to buy weaved and knitted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We joined a three day tour with Awamaki, a non-profit organisation supporting women-weavers in villages in high Andes. We were very impressed by the friendly and most of all highly qualified and respectful attitude by our guide Juan. For the rest of our lives we will remember the landscape and the beautiful people we met in Patacancha. Awamaki is doing... More 

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Calca, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow. Awamaki Peru is an incredible place to learn and immerse yourself in the Quechua culture! I sat in on a weaving workshop & educational class in Spring 2016. It was an incredible experience watching the tour interact with the weavers. The locals were excited to do business and show their work to the tour of students & their family... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Me and my mother we booked the rural experience package directly in the shop. This was easy and we could do the tour the dax after. Started in time and our Colombian guide with very good English knew many things about the people, environment, traditions, plants and culture. He was able to answer almost every question, if not the driver... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This was the epitome of meaningful travel. Nellie, our guide, was professional, friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. She spoke Quechua, Spanish, and English all very well. On the car ride up she pointed out and explained ton of interesting sights, including local flora, a church with amazing cultural history, and provided political and cultural context to everything we saw. The women... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 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
2 reviews
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 

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