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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. 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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  • Got to feed the llamas and alpacas and learned about weaving and traditional designs. Very cool and interesting educational stop. The store was very pricey, but had some really nice, high-quality good...  more »
  • I visited Peru in July 2014 (don't have the option by March 2016), and before arriving in the Sacred Valley made a stop at Awana Kancha. The site has several animals-we can feed and the guides explain the differences between llama, and vicuna and alcapa brief explanation about them. There is also explanation of the Condor on the weavers and the types of corns and potatoes. Well worth getting to know.
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  • Awana Court was part of the roadmap of our city tour. The tender moment, was the opportunity to give food the llamas, alpacas and vicunas so wary. The llamas are very calm and lovely. There are also demonstration of weaving and dyeing, in addition to the various types of corns and potatoes. There is a small museum and gift shop to shopping for typical products. I had already done my shopping in Cusco handicraft market and I found it quite expensive products on that site, but are genuine products.
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  • 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.
  • Basically a zoo with indigenous animals ... llama, vicuna, alpaca. They have grass stalks available so you can feed the animals. Was fun to see.
  • Cool but mostly a tourist trap
  • 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.