A Full Day Tour to Amaru Community – Pisac
Vivencial Tourism & Cultural Tours
Amaru community is located in the famous artisan district of Pisac above 3,215 meters above see level / 10550 ft. There are around 200 families that live in the community, with an average of 3 to 4 children per family. Even though the community is very close to the cities of Pisac and Cusco, they still preserve their ancestral traditions, such as agriculture, cooking, weaving and music, keeping alive the old dances and songs and winning contents all around Peru, people in Amaru are very conscious of the strength of their biodiversity and cultural heritage. The community Amaru has been working hard to recover its bio-diversity, participanting in reforestation of native and medicinal plants in the hillsides, as well as reviving the traditional handcrafts techniques ( weaving , ceramics, bone artwork ) keeping with their cultural legacy to be one of the most important protectors of the Andean traditions. Your visit will directly benefit the people that participate in the services and da
Tour to Amaru Community – Pisac (Full Day)
Detailed Travel Program
Tour to Amaru Community – Pisac (1D)
After your delicious breakfast, we will pick you from your Hotel at 7:00am and then we will start with this lovely tour to the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and to the mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover…The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awanancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards and then we will pass to the next stop of Taray to appreciate the beautiful panoramic view of the Sacred valley with its snow-capped and glasiers. After the traditional group photo and a lot of selfies, we will continue the trip to the town of Pisac where will explore first the Parque de las papas or Native potatoes park. The local people will greatefully welcome us into the beautiful landscape of the community. Our hosts, the native from “Laraypas indigenas of Amaru association” will explain us their daily life, traditions, and the work the association does on behalf of the tradition culture and the environment protection. Finally, we will continue with our amazing trip to the community of Amaru, we dress in the traditional custome to feel the Inca Culture in their greater understanding. The experiential tourism is to teach and learn the Andes custom, the textile is made from nature dyes (will perform a mystical ceremony with COCA Leaves) we also collect native plants, we spin alpaca wool, and we will make textiles until final finish. Discovering the plants, we will begin the “weaving workshop” including a hike through a native forest and visiting the association´s nursery, where we will choose the plants that we will use to dye our fibers. We will also discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of these plants. The weaving process, We will get into the entire handmade weaving precess, sheering and hand spinning the wool, dyeing the fibers and doing the design in the warp and wefts, and finally weave in the telar de cintura or waist loom, traditionally used by the local women to weave. We will learn the ancient techniques, take pictures, and be part of the whole process, where we will be able to make our own textile, which will be a little be a lifetime experience. During our stay in the community of Amaru, we will enjoy natural appetizers, drinks and nutritious lunch- healthy and lovely made by the local women of Amaru. Local community artists or children from the school will share with us some local music. However, after enjoy the traditional lunch, we say goodbye to Amaru to drive towards Pisac and explore this Inca citadel built on a whole mountain, we explore the agriculture platforms, Inca roads, and pre Inca villages. In the afternoon, you will head back to Cusco or if you would like, we can dropped off in the sacred valley (Urubamba or Ollantaytambo)
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 size-able difference “often over one hour in a section of the trail” between the fastest and slowest 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. Small groups 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.
Tour to Amaru Community – Pisac (1D)
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.
Minimum number of 2 Passengers