Andean Colors
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JENJCalgary
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a large group of 9, including seniors and young kids ages 5 and up. This was an exceptional and lovely place. The owners Marco and Hilda were so knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming. Their entire team was so kind (Paula and Miguel and others).

We had such a unique experience. We arrived in the rain and were greeted with cozy ponchos to keep us warm. We got to feed the llamas and baby alpacas. My 5 year old son was scared of the llamas, and the team was so accommodating to him. They took us to the pen with little guinea pigs, and the kids absolutely loved holding the baby guinea pigs. We then got to learn about alpaca textiles and the coloring dyeing process. We were then treated to the most delicious traditional meals and really got to know the team, which was so special.

What made this experience the most exceptional of all was the core purpose of Andean Colors and Hilda's very inspirational story of how life as a struggling single mother motivated her to start this beautiful social enterprise to support single mothers in the community. They have a lovely shop with all local products. This place is truly a hidden gem. We will be back!
Written 28 March 2024
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Thank you Jennifer for visiting us, since we started coordinating your arrival, we have designed the best experience for your entire family. We hope that other people can live and have beautiful memories with us and continue to make known our social project that we have with single artisan mothers.
Written 30 March 2024
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Herabouts
Milwaukee, WI59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This was a truly amazing experience! I was the only one there so it even felt more personable. Everyone was so welcoming and nice! It was incredible and interesting to be part of a start to finish experience of weaving.
I got to feed the alpacas, learn about plants for dying the yarns, walked to pick plants and then boiled and dyed the yarn. Also, made yarn and attempted to weave… they set it up for me and after learning it and how technical the weaving part is alone - made me appreciate the process and experience even more. I also understand why the real and fake woven pieces are priced the way they are and have a new appreciation for the real thing:) I was able to take home the dyed yarn too; 3 big year bundles!
Lastly, I was provided a lunch which included alpaca- so tasty!

Thank you so much to this organization for what they do and opening this up to a tour/experience.
Written 13 March 2024
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Thank you for your visit and for wanting to learn about all the dyeing stages and the hard work we have been doing. I hope that this unique experience that you have had others can also see and experience.
Written 15 March 2024
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blackmath2016
Fairbanks, AK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I loved the Andean Colors farm! The tutorial on how the clothing is created was so interesting. I’m so glad we stopped there because my baby alapaca poncho made my Machu Picchu photos pop! We ate guinea pig everywhere we went, but the Andean Colors farm made the best one! Delicious! Thanks for making my trip so wonderful!
Written 11 March 2024
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oh, thank you for stopping by and learning some of the hard work and supporting our Andean Colors project. Take care of your baby alpaca poncho with the instructions we gave you. Take care of yourself.
Written 15 March 2024
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Dallas S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this hands-on workshop.
It is off the main road and down a series of dirt roads. It was accurate on Google Maps.
It started with a delicious lunch and a visit to the guinea pig kennel. Then they explained that this group is working to help single mothers become self-reliant through the textile industry.
We walked a llama and an alpaca down the road a bit and picked a bunch of leaves. When we returned we used those leaves to create a dye. We created 2 other dyes as well and used them to dye some wool. We learned to clean and spin sheep's wool and then ultimately we opted to start weaving a belt.
In the end, we toured the items they had for sale and took home 3 sets of dyed wool and a started belt for each of us.
The staff were accommodating and did everything they could to make this a great experience.
It will be one of the highlights of our trip and I recommend it to others.
Written 6 March 2024
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Thank you, Dallas and Vivian, for visiting us to learn about the textile process and the project we have been carrying out with single mothers. We hope that your stay in Cusco and your visit here at Andean Colors has been one of the many beautiful memories that you are having and will have in Peru. Dallas, enjoy the eclipse with your daughter when you go to see her.
Written 7 March 2024
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Nicole N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was such a great experience! They let you feed and pet the alpacas/llamas and even hold a baby one. Then see the guinea pigs. The dying experience was very cool, and the shop had authentic goods for all price ranges. We had the cuy meal and it was very tasty. Even better than at the fancy restaurants. The staff are very kind and sweet, and even the bathroom was clean and well stocked.

The best part is this place has a mission to help single mothers earn an income to support themselves and their children. Overall a great experience and I highly recommend.
Written 28 February 2024
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Thank you Nicole for the recommendation and the detail of our services and that this unique experience remains in your memories and can be the memory of many more people and we can continue to grow and help more single artisan mothers.
Written 29 February 2024
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yukako e
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I feel so lucky that they had guided us along the way even prior to us arriving on Instagram. The experience was so special and I’m so grateful for you guys sharing such an indigenous experience with us. I highly recommend this charming and heartwarming place. This place is also created to support safe place for women. Please support this place I feel that the world needs to see and experience traditional craft to feel grounded😊
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you Yuka, for the visit you made with Victoria and Fuki. And we hope that this experience has been to your liking and for the support you have given to the project that helps single artisan mothers.
Written 20 February 2024
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Trail58652880622
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The wool dying and weaving workshop with Andean Colors was truly an amazing experience which I will never forget. I loved every second of it, especially bottle feeding the baby llamas, walking with the grownup llamas to collect leaves for the wool dying process. Learning to spin the raw wool and dying it with three different natural dyes was fascinating. The lunch was delicious and I couldn’t resist buying a few beautiful handmade items in the artisan shop to support the Single Mother Project. Don’t skip this heartwarming and wonderful experience with Andean colors.
Written 17 February 2024
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Thank you Ana for visiting us and learning with us about the textile process and supporting our project of single artisan mothers. Hoping that you will carry this experience in your heart and discuss it with other people wherever you are.
Written 18 February 2024
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luke c
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Such an amazing course. I went with my fiancé who is a fashion designer on our honeymoon. It was so interesting to learn about all the ways that you can natural dye in Peru. From harvesting, to production we learn it all, I know my partner was really blown away by all the techniques that are used. It was a really hands on experience and the instructor Marco made it really fun. Recommend getting a drive to take you there and back if you are coming from Cusco.
Written 6 January 2024
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Sammy M
Aurora, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Hilda, Marco and their son Sami are amazing people!!! I felt so at home with them and really enjoyed every minute. We took the bus from Urumbamba, it was very easy, it dropped us right at the end of the road of where Andean Colors is located. Marco’s English is fantastic and his patience with me as I worked on my Spanish, also wonderful. I enjoyed learning about the farm, the Cuy, the llamas, and the alpacas. Walking with the alpacas to pick plants to use in the dyeing process was a lot of fun. Especially with their adorable son bouncing around providing laughs. I really enjoyed learning the process of dyeing, spinning the fleece to make the yarn, and working on a bracelet. Having lunch with Marco and Hilda was also wonderful they are such luvly people and I very much enjoyed their company. The food was delicious as well!!! The shop offers plenty of options and I left with a better understanding of what goes into making these products and how different types of wool feels as compared to acrylic. The mission behind the business is also one I feel fortunate to support, single mothers and those whom have had some trauma potentially in their past. Marco and Hilda have just started this venture 6 months ago and I hope that people will come experience the dyeing process with them. I feel very lucky to of come across this learning experience and left with my heart full!!! Thank you Hilda, Marco, and Sami.
Written 21 December 2023
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Leigh G
Zelienople, PA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My 10-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed our time here at Andean Colors on our first day in Peru. The whole staff was welcoming and made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived. We loved learning and participating in the entire alpaca yarn making process: from hand-feeding the sweet animals themselves to taking a short trek across gorgeous countryside to gather leaves for making dye to cleaning, spinning and dyeing the yarn. Marco and the women who assisted him were very kind and patient and my daughter and I had a lot of fun. Three hours was just the right amount of time and we enjoyed a truly delicious lunch of chicken, vegetables, rice and quinoa soup afterwards. This was a wonderful, immersive introduction to an important part of Peruvian culture. Thank you, Andean Colors!
Written 15 November 2023
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estamos muy felices de que usted, sea parte de nuestro proyecto
Written 25 November 2023
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