Learn directly from artisans of the Chazutino and Lamista culture:

  • How to make ceramic bowls using the technique of rolls of clay.  Paint your bowl using clay and stones collected locally. Fire your pot in a Shuntu fire.
  • Weave a chumbe (a colourful belt with many ancient symbols.)
  • Basket weaving.
  • Ecological paper from coconut and banana stems.  

Chazuta – courses in 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. The traditional potteries of Chazuta combine masterfully three basic colours: white, black and red. This combination is the result of a long process of cultural exchange from the pre-Hispanic times. The clay used as a base comes from quarries of the area. It is kneaded intensively with the feet, especially with theheels, until the shaño, made with fragments of burnt and ground dishes, is added to prevent cracking during the firing process.  The traditional oven is open, with stacked firewood used as a fuel. This is an almost universal technique in the Amazon.  To finish, two products are applied immediately after burning: the copal resin and the “lacre”, a natural lacquer. The first makes the inside of the dish impermeable and the second gives brightness to the outside and protect the paint.

 Ancestral Wisdom – Symbols

Ceramics course – Chazuta

San Roque De Cumbaza – Chunchiwi – courses in ceramics

Visit Chunchiwi a 1-hour walk from the village of San Roque De Cumbaza.  You can learn how to make a basic ceremic bowl shape.  A real oppotunity to feel what it is like inside the homes of the local indegenous houses.   Made of earth and palm leaf roofs.  Children are often playing and the women laughing.  It really is a special once in a lifetime opportunity.


Home of Petrona
If you would like to fire your work on a Shuntu then you will have to return 5 days after making your pot.  To give the clay time to dry.

2 Day Full Culture: Chazuta and SRDC – Chirapa Manta Ecolodge.

Courses in traditional ceramics with the Chazutino and Quechua Lamista artisans

Day 1: Course in Ceramics with a Quechua Lamista Artisan.

  • Walk to the home of Petrona experience a traditional Quachua Lamista setting.
  • Course in basic ceramics at the home of Petrona.
  • Lunch in the village
  • Walk back to the village and enjoy swimming in the River Cumbaza.
  • Overnight stay  and dinner at Chirapamanta Ecolodge.


Day 2: Course in ceramics with the Chazutino artisans – ecological paper making course.

  • Early morning start
  • 1 hour – Journey to Chazuta.
  • Breakfast at Joyce V Barter Cultural Center and tour of the Joyce V Barter sculpture gallery.
  • Course in ceramics learn how to make a basic bowl shape with the Chazutino artisans.
  • Lunch amazing food grown in the gardens of RBM
  • Visit ‘Rio Bosque Magico’ a local cacao farm, learn about the process of making chocolate.
  • Learn how to make paper from the stems of banana trees. One hour demonstration.
  • Coffee break.
  • Journey back to Tarapoto.


Joyce V Barter Cultural Center


Ceramics – 1 Day Trips:

  • SRDC: Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics and Angelicas family farm.
  • Chazuta: courses in traditional ceramics and chocolate route – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico.
  • Lamas: course of choice, ceramics, basket or chumbe weaving – waterfall Chapawanki.


Ceramics – 2 Day Trips:

  • 2 Day Chocolate Route : Chazuta: Courses in traditional ceramics, the making of ecological paper – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico,’ overnight stay at Joyce V Barter cultural center.
  • 2 Day Cultural Trail and Nature Trail – San Roque De Cumbaza.   Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi (1 half hour walk)- workshops in basic ceramics – Angelica’s Family Farm – Waterfall Huacamaillo (3 hour walk in total)
  • 2 Day Trips – Lamas – Cultural Trail – Waycu native quarters – courses in handicrafts – indigenous village of Chiricyacu – hotel ‘Casa La Sangapilla.’


San Roque De Cumbaza – Chiricyacu – Ceramics or Chumbe weaving.

Visit Chiricyacu a 1 hour drive from the city of Tarapoto.  Here you can learn to make the traditional Lamista chumbe belt.  Used by the native Quechua Lamista farmers as an all purpose rope, which is used to carry wood and 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. The village of Chiricyacu itself is breathtaking. 
A real oppotunity to feel what it is like inside the homes of the local indegenous houses made of earth and palm leaf roofs.  Children are often playing and the women laughing.  It really is a special once in a lifetime opportunity.

Quechua Lamista village of Chiricyacu – workshops in chumbe weaving.

  • 1 hour drive to Chiricyacu.
  • Welcoming drink.
  • Begin your chumbe weaving course.
  • ‘Cal de Gallina’  traditional chicken soup dish.
  • Continue with your course- learn about the symbols and myths and ledgends of the Quechua Lamista people.
  • Return drive to Tarapoto.




Chumbe Belts – 1 Day Trip:

  • Wayku Lamas – Cultural Trail: Courses with the Quechua Lamista artisans – Waterfall Chapawanki.


Chazuta – courses in the making of ecological 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.

Ecological paper

2 Day Trip: Chazuta – courses in the making of ecological paper – includes 30 sheets of paper.

Day 1:

  • Journey to Chazuta.
  • Welcome drink at Joyce V Barter Cultural Center – Tour of the Sculpture Gallery.
  • Paper making course.
  • Lunch at Rio Bosque Magico.
  • Learn how to make chocolate from the fruit to the final product.
  • Overnight stay at Joyce V Barter Cultural Center.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast
  • Paper making course.
  • Lunch at Rio Bosque Magico.
  • Tour of Mishky Cacao chocolate factory and museums.
  • Journey back to Tarapoto.

The paper will be ready to take home in a week, if we have to send the paper that will cost extra.


Ecological paper


1 Day Trip Chazuta Cultural Trail
Ceramics or Ecological paper- Chocolate Route

San Roque De Cumbaza – Basket weaving  

San Roque is a beautiful spot, where you can enjoy your time swimming in the River Cumbaza.  Spend an afternoon learning from local people,  how to make a basket with local organic materials.  It is possible to carry the basket on the plane. A great souvenir.