Artisinal Courses

Learn directly from the artisans of the Chazutino and Lamista culture.

learn how to make ceramic bowls, weave chumbies  ( a colourful belt with many ancient symbols,) weave a basket and make ecological paper from the banana tree.
You can combine a course with an adventure to design a trip suited to you.

Chazuta ceramics

​The Chazutinos possess a dynamic culture expressing themselves artistically through its ceramics.  The ceramics have always played a vital role in the community, making Chazutinos famous for being bona fide potters.   Chazuta’s traditional pottery is based on the known and widespread technique of rolls of clay, which are overlapped and smoothed to shape dishes for different purposes.

Chazuta; courses in traditional ceramics and cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico’

Full day
  • Arrive to Chazuta, welcoming drink.
  • Traditional course in ceramics learn how to make a basic bowl shape.
  • Lunch, traditional and regional food
  • Visit ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ a local cacao farm, learn about the process of making chocolate.
  • Visit the Art Gallery ‘Joyce v Bartra’ and walk in the Park of Heroes, port Boulevard.

Courses in traditional ceramics and sulphur springs ‘Chazutayacu’ and cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ – 2D 1N

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Day 1
  •  Learn how to make a basic ceramic shape.
  • ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ a local cacao farm, learn about the process of making chocolate.
  • Traditional and regional foods.
  • Overnight stay at ‘Joyce V Barter’ cultural center and art gallery.
Day 2
  • (1 hour) walk to the Sulphur springs of ‘Chazutayacu’
  • Tour of the archaeological museum and art gallery
  • Back to Tarapoto
2 PAX – USD175 per person – Includes: English-speaking tour leader, courses, entrance to museums, equipment, alimentation, hotel ‘Joyce V Barter’ and transport.

 Chazuta – ecological natural paper

Learn how to make paper in this workshop using the pulp of Banana trees, normally cut and wasted after the banana fruit is ready; coconut is also used.  Making paper by hand is by no means an easy process; you can help with this physical process or just watch and learn.   Once you have learnt the art of paper making you could have a go using organic materials found in your local environment.

Courses in ecological paper and Chocolate Route -1 Day

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  • Arrive to Chazuta welcome drink.
  • Visit Museums Situ Funeral Urns and Wasichay Cultural Center.
  • Ecological paper course.
  • Lunch, traditional and regional food.
  • Visit ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ a local cacao farm, learn about the process of making chocolate
 2 PAX – USD$70 per person – Includes: English-speaking tour leader, courses, equipment, alimentation and transport.

 Quechua Lamista -Wayku Lamas

In the town of Lamas is a community of descendants from the pre-Inca culture, ‘Los Chanca.’ Every Sunday in Wayku there is a celebration where you will see traditional dancing in the center and can buy local products, food and artisanal crafts. The village center is immaculately clean and the locals only sell natural products, highly recommended.
Waska Waska Warmi Wasi is a center that helps to promote ancestral knowledge while protecting the local habitat through the use of natural materials.
A group of local women ‘Kechwa Lamista’ offer courses in; natural dying, weaving with a Loom, ceramics, weaving with cotton (Chumbes) and jewellery using seeds.

Course of your choice – Waterfall Chapawanki – 1 Day

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  • Visit the ‘Castle of Lamas’ where you will see views over the town of Lamas.
  • A short walk down into the native community of Waycu.
  • Workshop of your choice.
  • ( 20 mins walk) visit the waterfall Chapawanki.
2 PAX – USD70 per person – Includes: English-speaking tour leader, entrance to the Castle, courses, equipment, alimentation and transport

Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi- workshops in basic ceramics or chumbe weaving.

Chinchiwi is a one hour walk from the village of San Roque. Here you can learn to make the traditional Lamista chumbes that are used by the natives as an all purpose rope, which is used as a belt, as well as for carrying heavy loads, bananas, baskets that carry foods collected from the fields etc.   They are seen commonly throughout the local communities all over Peru.  An essential tool to have in the jungle where carrying heavy loads to places where there is no road access is commonplace.
The chumbe decorations are very symbolic you can learn what these symbols mean during your class.  It is an opportunity for anyone seeking to learn a unique and ancient textile craft.  

Visit the home of Petrona and Angelica’s family farm – Full Day

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