San Roque De Cumbaza
San Roque in general is a great place for children, there are many beaches and places to swim. The plaza is full of children climbing trees, skipping and playing football.
Recommended Hotel – Chirapa Manta Ecolodge
Chirapa Manta offers travelers comfortable lodgings situated close to the River Cumbaza. There is a short walk from the main path crossing over the river by wire bridge – such a great adventure. A porter will help you carry your bags.
You can sit in the hammocks while observing wildlife. Breakfast is served at the lodge. Bedrooms have a private bathroom (dry compost toilets) and hot water.
Chunchiwi (45 mins walk up hill) – for children over 6
Chunchiwi, native community- The women in the village are skilled in the preparation of clay, bowls and cotton crafts called Chumbe weaving.
We will visit the home of Petrona, who will welcome us kindly. A great experience for children to learn how it is to live self suficiently. A lovely experience that my son of 5 enjoys.
Huacamaillo Falls – for older children 7 upwards (2-hour walk)
A crystal clear waterfall that runs between dense vegetation. Only a short walk along the bed of the river Cumbaza, crossing over the river by foot up to 3 times to reach this beautiful waterfall which has a fall of 20 meters high ending in a well 2 meters in depth.
Lamas – Wayku
In the town of Lamas is a community of descendants from the pre-Inca culture, ‘Los Chanca.’ Most days 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 ‘Quechua Lamista’ offer courses in natural dying, weaving with a Loom, ceramics, weaving with cotton and jewelry using seeds.
Chapawanki Waterfall – 20 minutes short walk
Only a short walk for young children around 6 years upwards.
This awesome waterfall is near the village of Urco Pata, surrounded by a lush forest with trees of many species along the way, you can find orchids and ferns and a variety of birds, butterflies and insects. The natural landscape offers a distinctive ambiance of the high forest.
1 Day Trips –Cultural Trail: Wayku Lamas – Courses with Quechua Lamista artisans – Castle of Lamas – Waterfall Chapawanki
Castle of Lamas
The castle is an educational experience, primarily focused on arts and crafts, both European and local. It certainly provides a fair dose of fantasy and fun, but at the same time, it functions as a museum of sorts, a gallery and a cultural center. Whatever your opinion may be of the castle’s exterior and its place within the folkloric capital, the ‘Castillo de Lamas’ is certainly worth a visit and the panoramic views from the top are Stunning.
Waterfall Urmana – 20 minutes walk
Urmana waterfall is located 35 minutes by car from the city of Lamas. Reach the gateway at the Fundo Santa Flor then a 20 min walk.
Hotel – Casa La Sangapilla
Only a short walk into Lamas town, Casa La sangapilla is great place for families where the children can play in the naturally treated swimming pool and parents can relax.
They also offers you healthy and tasty meals prepared freshly with locally grown organic produce many of them grown in our organic vegetable garden, breakfast is amazing.
Also offering to interested guests the possibility of learning about as well as participating in the recreation of a pre-Columbian permanently fertile soil called terra preta de indio (Black earth of the Indians) recently discovered by archaeologists in the whole of the Amazonian basin.
Trip down the Huallaga River passing native communities along the way visit an island that produces 6 hectors of organic cacao explore the cacao plantations ( brief explanation of the cacao island farm and learn about cacao production) relax on the island beach.
Rio Bosque Magico
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
Heribertos family with make you an amazing lunch using this organic, superfood.
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.
Sacharuna offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from the indigenous artisans, you can learn how to make ceramic bowls. 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.
Family Adventure –
6D 5N – COMBINATION – NATURE TRAIL, CULTURE TRAIL, AMAZON RIVER TRIP AND CHOCOLATE ROUTE
San Roque De Cumbaza
- Visit the home of Petrona Quechua Lamista Artisan.
- Walk to a coffee plantation and learn about the process of making organic coffee.
- Relax at Chirpa Manta Ecolodge.
- Waterfall Huacamaillo (2 hour walk.)
- Trip by boat along the River Huallaga – cacao island – Poza del Yacuruna, Jumanchi springs.
- Overnight stay at ‘Joyce V Barter’ Sculpture gallery.
- Chocolate Route – Agriculture and courses in energetic chocolate.