The community of Patabamba is tucket high up in the mountains overlooking the Sacred Valley and the town of Pisac, with stunning views of the valley floor and the mountains that shoot up sheer on their side, Patabamba could be the perch of Condors. Multiple ruins are scattered around this small community and even higher above are glistening mountain lakes where locals pasture their flocks of sheep, alpacas and llamas and occasionaly fish for trout. The weaving tradition of patabamba almost disappeared as just a handful of elders knew how to weave. Since partnering with the CTTC in 2001, the women of Patabamba have embraced their weaving tradition and are learning from their elders the designs techniques and styles that were almost lost. Today approximately 40 to 50 adult’s weavers and 20 children are members of the Patabamba weaving association.
We take small groups, why?
The principal reason to take small groups to Patabamba, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the hike, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference “often over onehour in a section of the trail” between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?
One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether. In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.
What to Bring/ Carry:
After your delicious breakfast at your Hotel in Cusco, our guide will pick you up in our private vehicle through the crops growing in the fields, such as potatoes, Andean corn, cereals like kiwicha, Quinoa, as soon as we get to Patabamba we will receive a friendly Andean welcome. This community is know for their dedication to the preservation of the iconographies of Andean textiles. To travel to the community of Patabamba and participate in two immersive workshops that will teach you about the daily life and customs of this region. Begin your adventure with a textile actitivity in which women will welcome you and introduce you to the art of weaving, unlock the tricks to wool shearing, spinning, washing, dyeing, and weaving from local experts. After the welcome meeting with the settlers, they will take us to the edge of cliff of 800m, where we will have the best view of the sacred valley. On our way back we´ll pick up different flowers and plants to dye our cloths and then we will see how they make the Pachamanca with potatoes, lima bean, plantain, cheese, chicken and lamb with an ancient technics. Pachamanca means in Quechua (Pacha – earth / manka – pot) is a traditional Peruvian dish based on the baking, with the aid of hot stones the earthen oven is known as a huatia of lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices. Also other Andean products are used for the preparation, such as potatoe, green lima beans of habas, sweet potatoes, occasionally cassava or yucca, and humitas (sweet treat) as well as ears of corn, tamale and chili. However, before leaving the Patabamba community, you will have the great opportunity to purchase textiles hand-woven by the women of Patabamba to bring home. Browse their one of a kind blankets, ponchos, chullos, and more and learn the different meanings behind the traditional iconography they feature and then return to Cusco. Afternoon and after enjoyed the delicious Andean food, we will return to Cusco and dropped off at your Hotel.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near