Patabamba:” means over the fields” in Spanish. It is located over 3800 m.a.s.l. and only 25 km from Cusco. This village is composed of great weavers and farmers that were unknown few years ago. Now their principal economy activities are the agriculture and the handmade textiles.
They make this fantastic works with sheep or alpaca wool. They process this wool and make their own inks of flowers or other plants. This system was used since many centuries ago. Their works are really fantastic always with icons that belong only of the community.
Now 25 families of 120 are associated to promote their wonderful work to give their children education and have extra money to improve their community.
When you visit this unique place, you will contribute with this goal. They will be glad to share with you their way of life.
Come to Patabamba, they are waiting you ready to give you an unforgettable experience.
DAY 1 DEPARTURE TO PATABAMBA, VILLAGE OF GREAT WEAVERS
We will depart early at the morning from Cusco to Patabamba. This trip will take just an hour with 20 minutes. When we arrive, we will present ourselves to the community and a friendly farmer will bring you to your bedroom. After that they will show how they start their day. First they will select the sheep pr alpaca wool. Then you will harvest the plants and flowers that will be used to make the inks. This homework has to be made with a lot of patience. After that you will have a typical lunch which has made by native products.
Then you will go to the Capac Cancha viewpoint, where you will have an excellent view of the beautiful sacred valley. At our return, they will show you how to wash the wool with a natural detergent made of roots and plants.
Rest of the day at leisure. Approximately at 7:00 pm you will have your dinner. After that you will have a little Andean party, where the community will share their music, dances and typical dresses. Overnight at Patabamba.
Day 2 PATABAMBA- CUSCO
Early breakfast. Your adventure with these weavers will continue. Now they will teach you how to color the wool. They use different kinds of plants to get the several colors that their textiles have.
Today we will have a short trekking to the beautiful Qoricocha lagoon. Qoriconcha means gold lagoon. Here you will appreciate the Andean goose called “Huallata”. Return and lunch. At evening, your weave lesson will start. They will show you their spectacular works, like ponchos, belts and chullos. You can buy any of these wonderful handmade works. Finally we will say goodbye to the community without missing a typical dance called Cacharpari. Return to Cusco.