The Sacred Valley

A visit to the community of Patabamba 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. There are also excellent trekking options.

Journey Experience ( and other Cuzco agencies offer visits. Campsites and homestays are available with advance notice. Prices vary wildly, depending on group size and transport needed.

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1. Mercado de Artesania

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2. Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol

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4. Jardín Botanico

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5. Pisac Ruins

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7. Amaru

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If you are interested in textiles, it’s worth visiting this weaving community that’s a 40-minute trip by taxi from Pisac.

8. Sacsaywamán

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