The trip begins in Ollantaytambo, where we meet our transportation in the Plaza de Armas in front of La Esquina café. Expect a beautiful drive as we ascend nearly 1,000m from Ollanta to the upper Andean community of Patacancha or Huilloc. The gravel road is bordered by Inca terracing, waterfalls, and traditional farm plots that are still used today. The communities that we pass on our journey up the mountain are known for their traditional lifestyle, dress, and weaving.
Visit the traditional Andean village of Patacancha and learn from the women of the cooperative about their daily lives and the ancient art of weaving. Test your own weaving skills and give spinning on an Andean drop spindle a try. Discover the potential of native dye plants that have been used for centuries. Visit a traditional Quechua home with one of the weavers and have the opportunity to purchase high quality, handmade textiles directly from artisans.
A woman from the cooperative will work with you one on one to teach the basic techniques of weaving. You’ll create your own “pulsera” (bracelet) to take home and showcase your new skills.
After the workshop, enjoy a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal. Our delicious lunches include a soup and main course and are hosted by a weaver in her own home (always close-by).
If you want to improve 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.
Bilingual tour guide, transportation, a visit to Awamaki weaving center, and a demonstration on textile production.
Transport to the meeting point