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Chazuta – Pucacaca (4D3N)
This route is for travelers who are passionate about organic cacao farming and chocolate making. You will learn all about the process of growing the cacao beans from professionals who are passionate about their work.
Agroforestry techniques at Rio Bosque Magico family farm – A project dedicated to promoting various forms of agroforestry, contrary to the traditional method of slashing and burning the land. Agroforestry uses technologies to create a more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, ecologically sound sustainable systems, which is very successful especially in the cultivation of cacao. A system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops. With varied benefits, including increased biodiversity and reduced erosion.
Chocolate Making –There are different types of organizations from family farms, who create energetic, semi-raw chocolate – to professional factory’s which are exporting chocolate abroad.
You will journey along rivers and hike to sacred waterfalls – learning about cacao farming along the way.
- ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ Heribertos family farm.
- Waterfall Tununtunumba (4-hour walk – optional.)
- Amazon River Trip along the River Huallaga – Cacao Island.
- ‘Allima Cacao’ born as an association of growers out of counter drug trafficking initiatives.
- ‘Makao Peru’ private company located in the district of Pucacaca.
- Fields of cacao and coconut in Falingahua island
located at 41 kilometres from Tarapoto city. It is the entrance to the lower Huallaga and in the center of two conservation areas: The Cordillera Azul National Park and the Cerro Escalera Regional Conservation area. The people of Chazuta speak Quechua and preserve their rich cultural expressions through their ceramic work and dances.
Day 1: Rio Bosque Magico – Agroforestry – Chocolate making
- Waterfall Tunununumba ( 4 hour walk optional) passing through – Cacao fields of ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ Heribertos family farm (or just the 1 hour walk to the fields.)
- Courses in agroforestry techniques.
- Learn about agroforestry and harvest the cacao using machetes (optional). (Picnic lunch in nature) or amazing food grown in the gardens of RBM
- Learn about the different stages in cacao production and participate in the labour process, how to ferment and dry the cacao beans ready to make chocolate.
- Dinner using organic products from their own farm.
- Overnight stay at ‘Joyce V Bartra Cultural Centre’
Day 2: Amazon River Trip – Cacao Island – hiking to Badurarca
- Early start, breakfast at –‘Joyce V Bartra Cultural Centre.’
- Trip down the Huallaga River passing native communities along the way. Visit an island that produces 6 hectors of organic cacao
- Explore cacao plantations (brief explanation of the cacao Island farm and learn about cacao production.)
- Lunch, picnic in nature.
- The community of Schilcayo – hiking to Badurarca area (1 hour hike,) primary rainforests – nature in its purest form.
- Journey back to Chazuta
- Dinner at ‘Rio Bosque Magico’
- Overnight stay at ‘Joyce V Bartra Cultural Centre’
Day 3: Allima Cacao organization –
Born as an association of growers out of counter drug trafficking initiatives in the mid 2000’s. With a diversified fermentation system (for different certifications), drying and storage facilities, as well as several remote processing centers for those members more than 8 hours up river, the farmers can’t wait to showcase their products. Certificated to export organic cacao.
- Allima Cacao spend time at the factory learning about their fermenting process.
- Mishky Cacao Chocolate Factory, a group of amazing women who initiated the project to gain independence from their husbands.
- Back to Tarapoto Casa de Palos (www.casadapalos.com) here in the cafe Quilpa we will learn about the best coffee of the region.
Mishky Cacao chocolate Factory
Day 4: Pucacaca – Makao Peru
In the native language of the ethnic group Huambisa or Wampis, Makao means Cacao. A private company, located in the district of Pucacaca, province of Picota (58 km from the city of Tarapoto).Began as an alternative project to the cultivation of the coca leaf. Initiative to improve the economic conditions of cocoa producers who work in harmony with their environment. They offer quality to the consumer and maintain an attitude of respect for the environment and biodiversity.
- Buffet breakfast.
- Moving on to Pucacaca to visit and experience Makao Peru in the district of Pucacaca.
- Visit a organic farm of coco and cacao.
- Lunch in the community
- Learn about the industrial process of the chocolate
- Going back to Tarapoto, Ending of the experience.
Daniel created a custom itinerary for my visit to Chazuta based on my interest in visiting and learning from the organic cacao farmers in the area. I knew the region produces a lot of cacao, but without his connections, guidance, and translation (!) there is no way I could have ever embarked on a journey so rich and fulfilling as this one. It is obvious how respected he is in the community – everywhere we went, people welcomed him like genuine family…and then extended that welcome to me. To come across someone so sincerely passionate about what they do is rare. I feel beyond fortunate to have found Sacharuna! And I know what I saw was just the tip of the iceberg of what they offer – hopefully in the future I’ll be able to go back to experience more of the hiking and local craft options!
Jyl Kutsche Testamonial