The Patabamba community tourism association offers a fascinating participative demonstration of the weaving process, all the way from picking the plants to making dyes, to shearing sheep and setting up a loom – with explanations of the meanings of colors and patterns. Campsites and homestays are available with advance notice.
Englishman Barry Walker, owner of the Cross Keys Pub, is a self-confessed 'birding bum' and the best resident ornithologist to give serious birders plenty of enthusiastic advice. He has also written a field guide, The Birds of Machu Picchu, and runs a tour agency, Birding in Peru, for bird-watching trips all around Peru, as well as into Bolivia and Chile.
For some pampering or a post-trekking splurge, a blossoming number of spas offer massage services, one of them being the luxurious Samana Spa . Beware of cheap massages touted in the street; there are reports of massages getting much more, er, intimate than expected.
The natural thermal baths of Cconoc are a 3km way downhill from a turnoff 10km east of minor transport hub Corahuasi , 1½ hours east of Abancay. They have a restaurant, a bar and a basic hotel .
A small, enthusiastic outfit that’s Kiwi-Australian run with extensive experience in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Does biking, classic trips and food-focused tours.
Cuzco’s longest-standing outfitter, with socially and environmentally responsible practices. Offers five-day classic and alternative treks.
People rave about lovely Rocsana and her colleagues. Learn to speak Spanish fast from serious, experienced teachers.
A highly knowledgeable and reputable, locally owned and run outfitter with sustainable practices.
Destinations include Manu Biosphere Reserve and horseback riding around Sacred Valley.
Operator with 20 years experience; also offers alternative route via Santa Teresa.
A responsible outfitter with a long-tenured team.