Tour Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half day

Sightseeing

About this tour

  • Start: Pick up from the door of your hotel in the city of Cusco (at 8 in the morning).
  • Tickets (included): All entrance tickets included in the tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (Half Day).
  • Type of transport: Comfortable and safe tourist transportation.
  • Feeding Tourist lunch in the community of Amaru, Pisac.
  • Tour guide: Professional guide in Spanish or English.
  • Tourist attractions to visit Community of Amaru, Pisac in the Sacred Valley.
  • Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
  • Immediate confirmation.

Description

  • Visit the community of Amaru in the Pisac district, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This Andean town has 200 families dedicated mainly to agriculture and livestock. In addition, they show their ancestral textile techniques. There, in one of the Amaru families, visitors will learn about the traditions, gastronomy, lifestyle and production of Andean textiles. The tour lasts half a day, from 8 in the morning to 2.30 in the afternoon. Includes hotel pickup, complete tourist transportation, lunch in the community, Quechua language interpreter, as well as entrance tickets. The tour offers a more realistic look at life in the Andean communities of the Andes Mountains.

This is the experience

  • The ‘Unveiling the Andean textile in Cusco’ tour offers a cultural experience about the traditions, daily life and textile art of the Andean community of Amaru in Pisac, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour begins with the trip from Cusco to the community of Amaru. There will be the reception with offerings to mother earth ‘pachamama’ and the ‘apus’ or mountains. Local residents will provide an explanation of shearing, spinning, skeining wool and dyeing garments made of alpaca, all in a traditional way with a technique that dates back many years. The tour includes lunch and return to the city of Cusco.

Itinerario

  • The tour ‘Unveiling the Andean textile in Cusco’ begins with the pick-up of the visitor from the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco at 8 in the morning.
  • During the trip there will be a stop at the Taray viewpoint where you have a panoramic and privileged view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The visitor will be able to get the best photographs and then board the transport to continue the trip.
  • After almost 2 hours you arrive at the Amaru community. About 200 families live in this small Andean town. The main activities are livestock and agriculture. In turn, the families organize the reception of tourists showing their culture and, above all, how they continue to create beautiful clothing items made of alpaca.
  • A family from the town of Amaru will welcome the group of tourists with music and flowers. This reception is accompanied by a symbolic offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth, according to the Andean worldview).
  • In the Amaru community, tourists will be able to learn about the lifestyle of its residents. After the welcome, they will be able to visit a crop field where, together with the community members, they will collect flowers, leaves and other natural herbs necessary to dye clothing and everything in a natural way.
  • In one of the homes in the Amaru community, the tourist will learn how the process of creating clothing made of alpaca is carried out in a traditional way. First you will learn how alpacas are sheared, spun and put the wool into the skein.
  • Afterwards, with the collected plants and herbs, the process of dyeing the alpaca balls will be carried out. Finally, hand weaving will be appreciated, just as the Incas and predecessor cultures did in ancient Peru.
  • With free time, tourists may optionally purchase the alpaca wool products they consider.
  • The tour includes a special lunch made with ingredients purely from the area. The tourist will be able to learn more about the culture of the Amaru people.
  • The tour ends with the return trip to the city of Cusco at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon.

Includes

  • Pick up from the door of the hotel in the city of Cusco at 8 in the morning.
  • Tourist transportation in a spacious and modern minivan.
  • Quechua language interpreter guide service.
  • Professional tour guide in Spanish or English.
  • Entrance to all places to visit.
  • Typical tourist lunch of the Amaru community in Pisac.
  • Return to the door of your hotel in the city of Cusco.
  • Tour cancellation option.
  • Tour date change option.
  • Breakfast.
  • Souvenirs.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable clothing for the cold temperate climate of Cusco.
  • Hat for sun protection.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Raincoat for rainy days.
  • Passport or identity document.
  • Photo camera.
  • Snacks and rehydrating drinks.
  • Identity document or passport.
  • Suitable backpack.
  • Cash.

Where does the tour start and end?

  • The ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour begins with the visitor being picked up at the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco at approximately 8 in the morning.
  • The service ends with the return transfer to the door of the tourist’s hotel in the city of Cusco at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon.

How to prevent altitude sickness?

  • Altitude sickness occurs in regions above 2,400 meters above sea level. The city of Cusco is located at 3,399 meters above sea level, so some symptoms of altitude sickness do occur, such as: fatigue, nausea, headache, etc. However, these symptoms usually decrease on the first or second day of adaptation to the Andean geography. In any case, it is recommended to drink hot infusions and avoid excessive alcoholic beverages.

Group or private services

  • Do you want to do the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half a day’ in private service? Contact info@machupicchuterra.com or (+51) 982 108 083.

Frequent questions

Where is the Amaru community?

The community of Amaru is located 50 kilometers by road from the city of Cusco. It belongs to the district of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

What does the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco’ tour include?

The tour includes hotel pickup in Cusco, full transportation, professional guide, entrance fees, Quechua language interpreter, and special lunch with Andean ingredients.

Is the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour available all year round?

Yes, the tour is available all year round. It is recommended to book the tour 1 to 4 weeks in advance.

Does the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour include a visit to the archaeological site of Pisac?

No, the tour does not include the visit to Pisac. The archaeological site of Pisac is located approximately 15 kilometers from the community of Amaru.

Can I change the date of the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour?

Yes, you can change the tour date or the name of the tourists by simply requesting it to info@machupicchuterra.com. The request is sent with a five-day deadline. The penalty for modification is 10% of the tour value. You will receive the payment link in your email.

How do I make the payment for ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half a day’?

Payment for the tour is made through the website. Payment is 100% of the tour value. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club or PayPal credit or debit cards.

Can I cancel the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour?

Yes, you can cancel the tour by sending a simple request by email to info@machupicchuterra.com. The last deadline is 5 days before the day of the tour. Cancellation has an availability of 25% of the value of the tour (refund of 75% of the total amount).

Does the ‘Unveiling the Andean Textile in Cusco half-day’ tour include food?

Yes, the tour includes a special lunch prepared by the residents of the Amaru community in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.





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