Traditional Peruvian Weaving with Local Quechua Communities

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Traditional peruvian weaving
Traditional peruvian weaving
The amazing landscapes of the Peruvian Andes
The amazing landscapes of the Peruvian Andes
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
A traveler testing her weaving skills
A traveler testing her weaving skills
Learning from a weaver
Learning from a weaver
Learn about native dye plants
Learn about native dye plants
Quechua weavers
Quechua weavers
Traditional dish of Andean communities
Traditional dish of Andean communities
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What To Expect

Take a tour operated by local nonprofit community based organizations. Learn from Quechua communities about their ancient weaving and culinary traditions, master the basics of weaving in the middle of the Peruvian Andes and help support women's social and economic empowerment in Ollantaytambo communities.

Highlights

  • Take a tour operated by local nonprofit community based organizations and support local social causes with the tour revenue

  • Get to know the members of weaving cooperatives of small Andean villages in the Sacred Valley

  • Discover all the weaving process and test your own weaving skills under the eyes of Quechua weavers

  • Share a meal with the locals in the house of a weaver or help them prepare a traditional earthen oven lunch cooked in the earth

  • Learn from the local communities about their customs, traditions and daily life, an unforgettable experience!

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Ollataytambo
Departs From:
Cusco
Meeting Point:
Awamaki Fair Trade Store, Ollantaytambo
Duration:
6 hours
Availability:
daily at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
14948
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Description

Meet your guide at Awamaki Fair Trade Store, a nonprofit social organization located in the main street of Ollantaytambo, near to the Ollantaytambo Inca archaeological site.

Then, enjoy a 45 minute scenic drive from Ollantaytambo to the upper Andean communities of Patacancha or Huilloc, known for their traditional lifestyle, dress, and weaving. Do not miss the views on the Inca terracing, waterfalls, and traditional farm plots that are still used today as you ascend nearly 1000m.

Visit the traditional Andean village of Patacancha or Huilloc and meet the representatives of the communities at their weaving center.

Learn from these Quechua women about their daily lives and the ancient art of weaving as it relates to Andean culture and history.

Then, enjoy a demonstration of the traditional weaving process by female weavers in the Awamaki Weaving Cooperative. You will also discover the potential of native dye plants that have been used for centuries.

After that, test your own weaving skills and give spinning on an Andean drop spindle a try. A woman from the cooperative will work with you one by one to teach the basic techniques of weaving. You'll create your own peruvian 'pulsera' (bracelet) to take home and showcase your new skills.

Visit a traditional Quechua home with one of the weavers and have the opportunity to purchase high quality, handmade textiles directly from artisans.

Enjoy a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal in the house of a weaver. Your delicious lunch will include a soup and main course.

If you want to expand your global culinary skills, you can select the earth-oven lunch option, and work alongside women from the community to prepare a traditional Andean 'Pachamanca' lunch. Cooked in an underground earth oven, this festive feast is a highlight of the tour and will provide plenty of food for you and your Quechua hosts to enjoy.

After lunch, you'll be driven back to Ollataytambo. We stronly recommend you to visit the Inca Site of Ollataytambo before leaving.

Includes

  • Local Tour Guide

  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to and from the Quechua communities of Patacancha or Huilloc

  • Visit to Awamaki weaving center

  • Textile production demostration

  • Weaving workshop

  • Lunch (a soup and main course) or earth-oven lunch according to the option selected

Excludes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • The tour is operated by local nonprofit community based organizations, and revenue from the tour support local social causes.

  • The earth-oven lunch option is available for groups of 4 people minimum.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 11 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 6 to 10 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 5 days or less prior to date of activity.

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