Earth-Oven Lunch Package

From USD $98.00
  • Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Ollantaytambo
  • Product code: EOL

Your trip begins in Ollantaytambo. From there you will enjoy
a beautiful drive ascending nearly 1000 meters up the Patacancha Valley.
Following the Patacancha River, you will pass small farms, Incan agricultural
terraces, little-visited ruins, a colonial church, and stunning mountain views.
Upon arrival in one of the upper Andean villages of Patacancha or Huilloc,
Awamaki’s partner artisans will meet you and welcome you to their cooperative’s
weaving center.

 

The artisans will lead you in a sharing of Quechua culture
and traditions, and a demonstration of the entire weaving process. They will
show you how alpaca or sheep wool is spun into yarn by hand on the pushka,
the traditional Andean drop spindle, and you can give it a try. They will
explain how different local plants and materials are used in the dyeing
process, and show you how they dye the yarn. They will demonstrate the warping
of the traditional backstrap loom and the weaving process, including a
discussion of the traditional pallay designs used in their villages.
Finally, the artisans will teach you to weave a small bracelet on the backstrap
loom in a one-on-one lesson.


An Awamaki representative will accompany you on the whole
tour to support and facilitate your visit, and translate any discussion or
questions you may have for your hosts.

 

Throughout the demonstration, you will be able to see the
process of making the earth oven lunch. Community members will dig a hole,
build a fire, and cover it with rocks. After the rocks are heated, they will
pack marinated, wrapped chicken pieces among the rocks, alongside sweet
potatoes, aba broad beans, and a variety of Andean potatoes and native
tubers. After the demonstration and weaving lesson, we will watch the
uncovering of the hot food and share the Pachamanca lunch, eaten alongside one
of Peru’s famous pepper sauces.

 

After lunch, you may visit a traditional home with the
invitation and guidance of one of the cooperative members, and then return to
the center for the opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the women who
hosted you for your tour.

 

After the private market, we will head back down the mountain
to Ollantaytambo and make one final stop at the Awamaki store, where you can
see the work of all Awamaki’s partner womens’ cooperatives, including the
artisan’s textiles made into contemporary accessories.

 

Sustainable and
respectful tourism

We created our
sustainable tourism program in partnership with our partner Quechua women’s
cooperatives. We aim to allow women artisans to host tourism on their own
terms, in a way that is beneficial and sustainable for their village. We will
ask you to respect guidelines around photography that we have created together
with the artisans. Included in your tour price is fair and generous
compensation for your hosts, regardless of whether they sell a weaving during
your tour. Thank you for being part of this work!

 

Logistical
Information:

Because we are a small non-profit, we
are not able to guarantee a private tour. There may be other visitors in your
tour group. However, most of our tours are very small, between 2 and 6 people.


Itinerary

  • Picturesque drive from Ollantaytambo to a rural Quechua
    community in the Patacancha Valley (Patacancha or Huilloc)
  • A warm welcome from members of our women’s artisan cooperative upon
    arrival at their weaving center
  • Demonstration and discussion of Andean backstrap weaving as it
    relates to Andean culture and history
  • Demonstration and explanation of the traditional weaving process,
    led by the artisans
  • One-on-one weaving lesson taught by the artisans
  • Earth oven Pachamanca lunch
  • Visit a traditional Quechua home with the invitation and
    guidance of one of the cooperative members
  • Opportunity to buy the artisans’ handmade textiles
  • Return to Ollantaytambo

 

Things to Bring:

  • Water and refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm layer
  • Rain jacket (just in
    case!)
  • Small bills in soles
    if you plan to purchase from the artisans
  • A small snack, optional

 

Awamaki COVID
Precautions

We are working to
keep our artisan partners and our visitors safe. Our tours are, and have always
been, held outdoors or in open-air shelters. Masks are required at all times
during the tours.  Lunch will be served outdoors. The earth oven
lunch will be served buffet style in order to keep social distance. We will
keep windows open during transportation to the tour site unless the weather
makes it impossible. For those staying overnight in a homestay, a negative
COVID test is required. We recommend bringing a rapid test from your home
country as these are not readily available in the region. A PCR test within 72
hours also works and can be obtained locally. These precautions are subject to
change depending on COVID rates.

 

Special requests:

We can accommodate most special
requests. We can accommodate nearly all dietary restrictions. Please note
special requests or dietary restrictions in the “special instructions” section
when you book. We will contact you if we are unable to accommodate your
request.
























































































If you need transportation from
Cusco to Ollantaytambo, please book on our reservations page. We can also bring
your luggage on the tour if you are in transit, or store it securely at our
office.


Solo travellers:

If you are travelling alone and would like to book a tour, book for two people and then at check-out use discount code: SoloTravelerDT for 23% off.