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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  • September 23, 2017
    First stop of a ten-day trip that included Machupicchu and Lake Titicaca, this museum/gift shop was unexpectedly breathtaking in its superb craftsmanship. I wish I had bought more than an small sample...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    Interesting, will learn to differentiate the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. You can feed them and touch them. There is also a store to buy souvenirs and clothing.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Well this is my second most special thing I did in the sacred valley so far. Up close and personal with the condors, pumas and a large variety of eagles and kites, macaws and monkeys. All rescued. for...  more »
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  • March 17, 2017
    Great place to see the dyeing of Alpaca wools and even feed one. There are goods to buy but they are pricey compared to what you can buy in the market squares of most local towns
  • September 19, 2016
    Basically a zoo with indigenous animals ... llama, vicuna, alpaca. They have grass stalks available so you can feed the animals. Was fun to see.
  • May 27, 2016
    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.
  • May 15, 2016
    Well worth the time to see up close the ancient art of Peruvian weaving.
  • November 21, 2015
    Stopped here for a brief visit during a tour through the Sacred Valley. Was a good photo op.

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