Awana Kancha, Cusco

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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. Put Awana Kancha on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cusco road trip planner.
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  • apparently the Vecunas are not seen frequently, however, we were lucky and several were on the hillside and further down. Here you can learn quite a bit about each creature. Piles of grass (?) were av...  more »
  • It's a very nice ride and gets in the way to the Sacred Valley. You can feed the llamas (watch out lol), guanacos (mellowed) and mainly know as the fabrics are made by hand. Vale very worth it!
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  • Many Moons ago I visited this charming place on my Tour of Peru and the Amazon (Iquitos) and even though at the time I didn't entirely appreciate it I now look back on it with fondness. I remember it ...  more »
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  • Awanakancha: Alpaca, Art & Andes You can’t travel to Peru without taking time to see animals native to the Andes. And, unless you plan on heading deep into the countryside, the very best (and easiest place) to see them is at Awanakancha, a small camelid farm dedicated to the animals and intricate textiles produced from their wool. Find out why you should take some time to visit! What to see On arrival at the farm, you will have the opportunity to meet the resident animals; alpaca, llama and Vicuña. Separated by species and sex in large pens, the friendly animals are keen to meet visitors in the hope of receiving a tasty grassy snack. After getting to know the animals, you can take some time to visit some of the small onsite exhibits, where you can understand how the animals wool is refined and naturally dyed, before finally being expertly woven into fabrics, tapestry’s, clothing or a variety of other products. Women from native communities offer live examples of traditional (and intricate) weaving techniques, using basic tools and wooden looms. Of-course as you would expect there is also an onsite shop selling the products that have been made at the farm. However, unlike most other markets and shops in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the items up for sale are unique, very different from the standard things you find elsewhere and often very beautiful. If you are not tempted to buy anything, do take some time to wonder around the shop, as some of the items for sale are quite impressive. Look out for the large hand woven telas (weavings) that cost upwards of US$ 7,000 ea, and are crafted by one artist taking 6-7 months to complete. There are no onsite guides to show you around, as most people arrive at the farm as part of a pre-arranged guided tour of the Sacred Valley. However, do take some time to talk with the workers and animal keepers at the farm, as their insight is just as good if not more rewarding than listening to a guide. Where is it? Awanakancha is located about two-thirds of the way to the Sacred Valley on the Cusco to Pisac road. From Cusco it takes about 30-40 minutes to get there, and from Pisac about 20 minutes. The compound of the farm is surrounded by a long brown adobe (mud) wall, which although would seem very obvious at the outset, can easily be missed if you are not familiar with the area. If you are on a bus, ask to be dropped off at Km. 23 on the Cusco – Pisac road. The official address is Km. 23 Pista Cusco- Pisac. (theonlyperuguide.)
  • We liked much Awana Kancha. When you enter, there is a large sign where they explain the differences between the different types of South American camelids. Then, move, you'll find many and almost all types (llamas, alpacas, guanacos,...) and one already can go recognizing them. You can feed them with twigs that give you. It is something very nice. In addition to the flames, there are demonstrations of the development of tissues. You show how they use natural materials to give color to the wool and you see people carrying tissues in action. There are some very cute girls with their typical dress, helping their parents in these tasks. You can also see in exhibition different types of potatoes and corn, since Peru is characterized by its wide variety of these foods. To finish the tour, you can login to the store where they sell all tissues. It's a bit expensive for my budget, but things are very good.
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  • I especially found the place fun! Spent a lot of time Petting the llamas and alpacas (vicunas are more timid). Early on you'll know the difference between animals in sanctuaries and you can observe local weavers. If you want to buy any piece at the end, there is a beautiful (and expensive) store. Admission is free and is very worthwhile, just be careful not to be coughed up by a llama.
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  • Welcoming to all types of audiences.
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