Meet Huilloc Alto during an Andean Overnight with Awamaki

Visitors are greeted by friendly faces and floral necklaces as they arrive at the remote community of Huilloc Alto. While there is no vehicle access to the community, the stunning landscape and the warm welcome from locals definitely makes the journey worth it.The art of weaving is an integral part of the community’s culture and an important source of income.

Weather-permitting, visitors will have the chance to weave a bracelet beside the lake of Suchucocha with views overlooking the Patacancha Valley. A typical homestay kitchen where delicious food, such as cuy(guinea pig) or trucha(trout), is prepared by cooking over hot coals. Benedicto, one of our community translators, explains the medicinal properties of native plants which can be used to cure a whole range of ailments.

The stunning lake of Qeuñacocha is the rewarding destination after the tour’s hike. The reflection of the mountains in the water creates a mystical perspective. Local weavers Juana and Avelina as well as community translator Benedicto know this landscape inside out, enabling them to provide visitors with expert local, cultural, and historical knowledge.The Andes are the perfect living conditions for these friendly faces due to the high altitude.

Fiber from alpacas and sheep is used by community members to weave textiles. Nature is paramount in Andean belief, and apus (mountains) are believed to be gods. The community makes offerings to apus with coca leaves demonstrating their respect for Pachamama(mother earth).Enormous mountains overlap each other to create beautiful scenery. Visitors can see snow-capped Salkantay peaking through in the distance, a well-known mountain due to its popular trekking options.

We can’t wait for visitors to experience what Huilloc Alto has to offer! Whether you are hiking among breathtaking views, learning how to weave Peruvian textiles, or gaining a unique insight into Andean culture and traditions we bet it will be an unforgettable experience.

About Awamaki

Awamaki is a nonprofit fair trade social enterprise dedicated to connecting Andean artisan weavers with global markets. We collaborate with women artisans to support their efforts towards educational and financial independence by co-creating beautifully handcrafted knit and woven accessories using hertiage techniques.