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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