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Awana Kancha, Cusco

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
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4.5/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Pick up a unique souvenir at Awana Kancha, where you can purchase products made from alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuna camels. See how locals use hair from these animals to create everything from mittens to blankets, and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing methods. A family-friendly destination, this "Palace of Weaving" remains one of the best places to shop for quality products that make great souvenirs and gifts. Work out when and for how long to visit Awana Kancha and other Cusco attractions using our handy Cusco travel itinerary planner.
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  • The place is very interesting because it has a Museum in which you learn about the ancestors of the place both in fauna, flora as in its aborigines. After that go to a few pens with different kinds of camelids, and other animals... some that are under danger of extinction. Also in the background there is a cafeteria and a handicrafts with a varied assortment of regional products. The prices are a little expensive, if going to the city of cusco markets the same will be more cheap. The best thing is to take to the more guys so they can feed the different animals.
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  • Nice place for who likes trivia of differences between traditional local animals. Some cool information about TB the production of wool, their cutting and dyeing ... facts about the types of corn and potatoes ... who likes, pq has stop bathroom and power infrastructure is also logical, store to buy local production. ..;)
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  • Interesting farm for Alpacas and Llamas where the animals are up close and you are able to feed them. 
  • Took a s/3 bus trip heading toward Pisaq and got off early at Awana Kancha. First thing when we walked in a nice gentleman came up and asked us of we would like a guide. We said no and he kindly let us proceed pointing us in the direction of the museum first. The museum is nicely set up and has the history and culture of Alpacas and Llamas in Spanish and English. The gentleman who asked to be our guide popped back up and was a pleasant surprise as he narrated the history as we went along in the museum (I think he also showed us around because a lot of items on display are in the open and it was an extra security measure). Regardless he was awesome. Afterwards we fed the Alpacas and Llamas, took the typical selfies and went into the gift shop and bought s/20 worth of souvenirs as guilt purchases as the ranch survives completely off shop sales and donations. (Nobody was pushy about donations or purchases) The items in the gift shop were the most authentic, but also the most expensive items I saw in Peru. Definitely worth a stop! *Side note: cost us s/50 to get back to Cusco by taxi, but our lack of patients for a combi and lack of Peruvian negotiating skills may have played a role in that price.
  • Nice place to see Llamas up close and personal. Extremely overpriced stores however...
  • Well worth the time to see up close the ancient art of Peruvian weaving.
  • Stopped here for a brief visit during a tour through the Sacred Valley. Was a good photo op.
  • Fantastico passeio
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