ECOLOGICAL PAPER

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LOCATION  

In Chazuta, a little village in Northern Peru, about one hour from Tarapoto in the San Martin Region.

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ABOUT:

More than 25 years ago, a group of women entrepreneurs with a strong desire to get ahead were formed in Chazuta. They were trained in the production of ecological paper by the Manuela Ramos Organization.

26 members began with great strength and enthusiasm but over the years, these numbers have diminished. At present only 4 brave women remain, led by Mrs. Berta Salas tireless president and followed by: Anita Apagueño, Julia Tapullim and Gilma Shupingahua.

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The paper they produce comes from crops grown in the area such as the banana tree trunk, the shell of the coconut, the bagasse of the sugar cane and bombonaje (Carludovica palmata).agritourism - cacao farms

PAPER PROCESSING

1st phase: The harvest of the crop to be prepared, then the material is cut with a machete in small parts. Afterwards it is left to dry in the sun for a of a couple of days depending on the weather.

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2nd phase: The material is then covered in water and cooked over the fire. This cooking period is approximately 8 hours, where the movement of the mixture is necessary in order to obtain a homogeneous texture.

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3rd phase: Once the material has been cooked homogeneously, the pulp of the material is washed.

4th phase: The washed material is accumulated in buckets and later it is milled. This process is carried out with a stone batan, until the fibers of the material are duly smooth and without any impurities.

5th phase: The paper transformation process is proceeded. For this process the fiber of the material is placed in trays with water, to later place the frame with the requested measure, the frame is introduced to the tray with water, taking the necessary amount inside the frame. It is then placed in cloths between the papers, up to a maximum of 50 units per pile.

6th phase: The pile of paper is placed in a manual press, which will help to remove all the water. The time left in the press is about an hour and a half.

7th phase: Subsequently, the panels are being prepared, where the papers will be transferred one by one, using a roller which will help to have a homogeneous paper without any holes.

8th phase: Drying the paper, in a cool place in shade. This process will depend on the weather, generally 2 days.

If you are interested in  learning 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.(https://sacharunadventure.com/artisanal-courses/)

Also if you are interested in purchasing eco-friendly paper made by hand by women leaders and artists with an environmental conscience, you can contact us:

Email: sachaadventure@gmail.com

WhatsApp number: 931828324

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Jungle vibes…

Cacao experience this friday 12

Sacharuna Adventure just loves Chocolate!

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Fullday  experience Chocolate Route – Chazuta

Amazon Rainforest River Trip – Cacao Island –Rio Bosque Magico Chocolate factory.

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Trip down the Huallaga River passing native communities along the way and visit an island that grows and produces organic cacao. Learn about the different stages in cacao production and participate in the labour process.

 

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Spiritual Benifits
Are re-discovering the spiritual uses of cacao to facilitate work in the inner realms. Cacao is a powerful heart-opener, increasing blood flow. It increases focus so that meditation, yoga and therapeutic work are more accessible.

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Itinerary

  • Arrival to Chazuta
  • Journey down the River Huallaga, 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.)
  • Jungle picnic in nature.
  • Time to refresh in the river
  • Journey back to Chazuta
  • Lunch at ‘Rio Bosque Magico’
  • Artisanal chocolate course.

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Family Village Farms – Angelica

Angelica’s family farm by Mercedes Llanos 

Angelica is 21 years old, and at her young age has; completed her studies in Agronomy, works with the local government in a project that educates children from the ages of 1 to 3, has already built her own organic vegetable garden, and besides that has a six year old daughter.  The truth is that this girl is an exceptional woman. She is very funny and friendly and has made me feel very comfortable here in the town of San Roque.
We start the tour leaving the main square, where she lives. It is a short but beautiful walk until you reach her family farm.  The environment is incredible, an abundance of trees and flowers. We cross a beautiful ravine – a full Amazon Experience!
Angelica teaches me about her organic garden. I recognize her immense love for what she does and says the best part of her day is going to the farm.  She loves nature and tells me a little about each of the growing fruits and vegetables, and some secrets – about their medicinal uses.
She loves her chicks and is very sorry to sell them as they are like her children.  It was lovely to have the opportunity to feed them! The truth was that they were very tender and are very comfortable with Angelica as their Mother.
We climbed to a second part of the farm, the view becoming more beautiful. We pass through several fruit trees that I have never seen before. One of them is called ‘Tumbo.’ A delicious fruit that we share sitting on a stool. The Tumbo is a large fruit like a melon, with the same texture but with a slight pineapple flavour. The truth is that I love it!
After giving food to the hens, we went to the most amazing part of her farm. A hidden path leads to the top of the farm. This path is overgrown with jungle life and is steep. I felt like an adventurer exploring the Amazon. Pure jungle. At her side I learned a lot about different types of plants, and Amazonian trees. I saw many cocoa, coffee, banana, lemon, orange trees, and more.  Exotic ones, whose names I do not remember.
Going up to the top and enjoying the Amazonian surroundings, the hills, the sky, the immensity of nature, really was a unique and unforgettable sensation. Angelica is an exceptional person who only radiates love, she is always smiling and knows how to make us laugh. The walk to the farm of Angelica was a great adventure and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know a little more about daily life in an Amazonian village.

  

  

 
 We pass through several fruit trees that I have never seen before. One of them is called ‘Tumbo.’ A delicious fruit that we share sitting on a stool.
 Angelica loves her chicks and is very sorry to sell them as they are like her children.  It was lovely to have the opportunity to feed them!  The truth was that they were very tender and are very comfortable with Angelica as their Mother.
   

Pongo De Aguire – River Trips

‘Aguirre, the Wrath of God’ Film 1972

El Pongo de Aguirre is the point where the river changes from the high jungle to the lower Amazon and is famous for the story of Aguirre, represented in the film ‘Aguirre, the Wrath of God’ in 1972.
With a camera which he had stolen from his film school Werner Herzog travelled to South America to make his movie.  To realize the story Herzog worked together with actor Klaus Kinski, who was very difficult to work with in circumstances which tested the whole crew.
Based on the travels of Aguirre who was nicknamed El Loco (‘the Madman’) because of the cruelty he inflicted.   Best known for his final expedition in 1560 which included his daughter Elvira, 300 Spaniards and hundreds of natives, who travelled along the Amazon River in search of the mythical golden King El Dorado.
The actual goal of Ursúa who authorised the expedition was to misslead Agguires men, using the El Dorado myth as a lure. A year later Aguirre participated in the overthrow and killing of Ursúa. When Aguirre was eventually captured in 1561 he killed his own daughter for the fear of what would happen.

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Pongo De Aguire

Travel by boat along the River Huallaga to reach El Pongo De Aguire. Visitors can get a feel for this untouched, wild Amazon, situated where the Huallaga meets the Marañon River, from this point it is possible to travel to the port city of Yurimaguas, Loreto, where you can continue on to Iquitos.

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Thermal Baths – Achinamiza

Visit the terminal baths of Achinamiza an extraordinary place appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the Amazon forest. Born in the middle of a rocky hill, scattering in an area of 10m these waters are mineralized containing sulphur and ferrous nitrate, the mineralized water springs from the subsoil at several points of upwelling with a temperature reaching 40 ° C; Hot and cold waters in small and spaced apart hill formations, centred in the protected rainforest. The landscape is dense with vegetation and is surrounded by pristine mountains where you can observe insects and butterflies.

Maday’s – village family farm

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Maday’s family farm by Mercedes Llanos 

The farm of Maday is a beautiful land situated at the top of a jungle mountain –  viewing conservation area Cordillera Escalera – situated on the outskirts of the village of San Roque De Cumbaza.  The walk is quite hard, let’s say it makes you sweat.  Maday and family make the walk three or four times a week.
We Pass: Eco artist residency ‘Sachaqa Centro De Arte’ – see artists at work in the studio, Situlli Ecolodge – experience canopy zip-line of 150 meter distance, ecological viewpoints and Sculpture Trail.
It is an hours walk to the ecological viewpoints from the village and then another hour to the farm of Maday.   The first part is not so difficult.  There are many varieties of trees and plants and different edible fruits to see along the way.  We crossed a trickle of water in which we could refresh ourselves and drink a little.  100% clean water.  The first peak, where you can see the horizon, is beautiful.  There one can see the vastness of the amazon jungle – mountain landscape.  Once you reach the top you walk a very simple path without elevation where we can see the sculpture trail.  A great place to enjoy the view, rest and eat something.
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After the break, we continue on – to a very steep incline.   I recommend rubber boots, as there are usually lots of puddles along the way.  This was my favorite part!  I felt like an amazon rainforest explorer.  It is much more wild and natural, with green, giant leaves and plants that encircle you on the way.  The climb is steep yes, but hilarious, since you have to dodge puddles and climb natural steps created by the roots of the trees that surround us.  Truly amazing.
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After an hour of extreme hiking, we arrived at the farm.  As we go down to the cabin, we see a diversity of fruits.  On the farm, Maday and young Joel were waiting for us. Maday is a very funny person who loves to smile.  At the same time wise, with a great knowledge of edible and medicinal plants. Let’s say he’s a great teacher.  Joel is more timid but very respectful, he knows everything about working on the farm, the plants, and his specialty organic coffee.
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Joel – Family Farm
They specialize in cocao and organic coffee, so we saw many of those plants. Teaching us about the coffee process. There were also many other plants. Among them are banana, plantains, yucca, grapefruit, dali-dali, lemon, anuna, mandarins, mangos, guaba (which we had the opportunity to try), pumpkin, sweet potato, pineapple, and also medicinal plants such as Sacha Hergon (for diabetes), sangre de grado (blood cleaner), and mountain microorganisms (MM) (which is used for gastritis).
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Maday – organic coffee plantation
Joel did not stop taking guavas out of the trees for us to eat, and we tried different fruits.
As I prepare to leave for San Roque, Joel surprises me with two mules (Donkey/Horse) “Let’s go on a mule,” he says.  I could not believe it, I had never traveled on a mule before. It was a really incredible feeling. Climbing the mountain on top of a mule was very, very funny, and we also saw the sunset.
If you would like to try riding on a mule you can experience riding village style on a wooden saddle and we can provide a helmet.
Visiting Maday’s farm is a complete adventure!
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Joel On his Muel – Family Farms

Package Tours

Remember that all our package tours can be altered to suit your travelling needs. 

3-hour hike – Nature Trail – San Roque De Cumbaza

Maday’s family farm – Sachaqa Centro De Arte, sculpture trail, ecological viewpoints and canopy zip-line 150 meters – in the conservation area ‘ Cordillera Escalera.’

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  • Early morning start 7am.
  • 10 mins walk – Visit ecological art village ‘Sachaqa Centro De Arte’ – see artists at work in the studio. 
  • 30 mins walk – Situlli Ecolodge – Canopy Zip-Line 150 meter of distance (optional)
  • Welcoming drink
  • 40 min walk – Ecological Viewpoints and Sculpture Trail ‘Monument Of The Jungle.’
  • picnic lunch in nature – traditional juane (rice dish rapped in a leaf.)
  • 1 hour walk- Maday’s family farm – welcome coffee..
  • Return walk to San Roque – If you would like to travel by mule please let us know – it will cost extra and is not such a comfortable ride as the saddle is made from wood (at your own risk.)

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3 Day – Pure Nature:  

Añakiwi spirings  – 100m Waterfall Toroyacu – Hatun Rumi ‘Big Rock’ – 5 hour Trek

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  • Situlli Ecolodge – sleep surrounded by nature in basic but comfortable accommodation – Canopy Zip-Line 150 meter of distance.
  • Ecological Viewpoints – Sculpture Trail.
  • Maday’s organic coffee plantation – family farms
  • Natural phenomenon Hatun Rumi ‘Big Rock’  – picnic lunch in nature.
  • Toroyacu Waterfall.
  • Dinner around the campfire – camping.
  • 3-hour return trek to San Roque.
  • Time to swim in the River Cumbaza and relax.

 

 

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