Surrounded by beautiful mountains and clean air, Ollantaytambo is a refreshing peaceful town nestled in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Known to its locals as Ollanta, the town has friendly people and fairytale-like views of old Incan cobblestone roads. It’s the perfect escape from modern day life as you explore it’s tranquil paths and ancient ruins.

Our tours offer an exclusive look into the culture of the surrounding Quechua communities by directly connecting you with the talented partner artisans of Awamaki. By learning more about natural dyeing and weaving on a backstrap loom, and exploring traditional Andean ways of life, you can immerse yourself in an authentic, off-the-beaten-track Sacred Valley experience.

Taste the traditional flavors of Peru by attending a cooking class in a local home. Accompanying the local dishes of Rocoto Relleno, or Papas a la Huancaína is a refreshing drink of Chicha Morada, made of local purple corn.

Truly delve into the culture with Spanish or even Quechua language classes to learn more about the local way of life and interact with people from Ollantaytambo.

No matter the activity you join, your participation benefits and uplifts local communities.

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“As the father of two young women, I am very pleased that we were able to take part in an organization that puts women first that has at its core women empowerment and cultural preservation. We’ve been here working alongside an international group of volunteers and staff members that have provided lots of inspiration for our daughters. My daughters came in as young girls and left as empowered women.” -Mark Cutler

“I have enjoyed my time with Awamaki. I really value the interactions that I’ve had with the women in the communities. Feeling comfortable together, building a close relationship with them even though we come from very different places. I’m very thankful to have been able to see an learn so many different things. I’ve always been interested in other cultures and ways of life and to be able to interact with such a diverse culture has really been special.” -Jessica Grohowski

Tours

COMMUNITY VISIT Visit a traditional Quechua village to learn about Andean life and the weaving tradition from Awamaki artisans. Try spinning on the ancient Andean drop spindle, discover the potential of native dye plants and visit a traditional Quechua home with one of the weavers. In a weaving lesson taught by one of the weavers, learn the basic structure of weaving and make a “pulsera” (bracelet) to take home with you. As part of our Rural Tourism Package, eat a typical Andean lunch in a traditional Quechua home. Or, opt for our Earth Oven Lunch Package and enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” lunch. Prepared in an underground earth oven, it consists of chicken, Andean potatoes, vegetables, and fruit. This special lunch, usually reserved for birthdays and festivals, is a highlight of the tour and will provide enough food to be shared with your Quechua hosts. Tours Leave Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am to Huilloc and Patacancha.

Rural Tourism PackageEarth Oven Lunch Package

PERUVIAN COOKING CLASS Sisters Denise and Irma teach this simple and delicious cooking lesson. Learn to cook a traditional Peruvian dish like “rocoto relleno” (stuffed peppers) or “ají de gallina” (chicken in creamy pepper sauce). Start with a trip to Ollantaytambo’s food market to purchase fresh ingredients from local vendors. Denise or Irma will guide you in chopping, mixing and sautéing the Peruvian way, and then you’ll sit down to enjoy! Two to three hours.

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Learn The Language

Learn Spanish from local women trained in Spanish language instruction in a practical, conversational setting that will help you to communicate effectively in everyday situations. Awamaki offers Spanish and Quechua classes to volunteers and tourists at all levels of ability. Lessons are available one-on-one or in a group. Each class consists of grammar lessons as well as an immersion-style conversation session that takes student and teacher out of the classroom and into local settings like the crafts market, the food market, and archaeological sites in town. Minimum class booking is one two-hour class.

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