Cultural Experiences


Lamas is one of the most important provinces in the region San Martin, for its great cultural wealth, inhabited by over 3000 Indigenous Quechua speakers and Chazuta is considered “Cultural patrimony of the San Martin Region” because of it’s great contribution to archaeology and popular art, many reasons to be proud.

The lack of recognition for the importance of folk art, plant medicines and traditions has discouraged youth communities from exploring with traditional practices and cultural pride identity.
Responsible tourism can help remedy this problem. By offering indigenous people an income for the promotion of crafts and ancient knowledge, this helps preserve their heritage. The purchase of artisan goods and the participation in courses, in turn, is a responsible way to ensure we dont lose these precious rural communities.

So thanks to you we can keep these traditions alive.

Craft Workshops: 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.

The ceramics have always played a vital role in the community of Chazuta, making Chazutinos famous for being bona fide potters. The 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 Quechua artisans from Lamas use a very similar method although there are slight differences in technique and the clay used.
The clay used as a base comes from quarries close to the communities. It is kneaded intensively with the feet 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 a natural lacquer. The first makes the inside of the dish impermeable and the second gives brightness to the outside and protect the paint.

Kuechua Lamista - Ceramics Courses
                                  Firing the clay pots – process called a Shuntu

The pottery wheel is turned manually with the feet
The clay kiln in Chazuta

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.

Package Tours

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

5D 4N Full Culture: San Roque De Cumbaza, Chazuta and Lamas

  • Sachaqa Centro De Arte: you will stay at an ecological art center and feel a part of our Sachaqa artist community.
  • Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi (1 half hour walk.) – learn ceramics or chumbe weaving.
  • Lamas: Waycu native quarters – where you can buy artisan goods and local foods – see traditional dances.
  • Short drive to the – Indigenous village of Chiricyacu – sample traditional dishes- indigenous artisan courses in ceramics or chumbe weaving.
  • San Roque De Cumbaza: Learn how to make a local dish called Juane (rice dish cooked in a leaf,) with local women who pass this knowledge from generation to generation.  Most women who grew up in the Jungle know how to make good Juane.
  • Chazuta: Workshop learn how to make an Ocrarina (type of ceramic flute)
  • Over night stay at ‘Cultural Center Joyce V Barter.’
  • Amazon River Trip – Journey by boat for half an hour to the community of Shilcayo.
  • Visit a honey colony of small stingless bees called ‘Ramichi.’
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boat trip


3 Day Trip: San Roque De Cumbaza and Lamas – Nature and Cultural Trail – Chirapamanta Ecolodge.

  • San Roque De cumbaza: Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi (30 minute walk)
  • Workshops in basic ceramics or chumbe weaving
  • Angelica’s Family Farm
  • Waterfall Huacamaillo (3-hour walk in total)
  • Overnight stay and dinner at Chirapamanta Ecolodge.
  • Lamas: Castle of Lamas, Waycu native quarters.

Chirapamanta Ecolodge
Huacamaillo Waterfall


2 Day Trip: Waycu native quarters – courses in handicrafts – indigenous village of Chiricyacu

  • Overnight stay at Valencia wasi in the Community of Chiricyacu.
  • ‘Castle of Lamas’ where you will see views over the town of Lamas.
  • The native neighborhood of Wayku where you will see traditional dance.
  • Chanka Museum.
  • Community of Chiricyacu.
  • Courses in chumbe, ceramics or basket weaving, with the indigenous artisans.
Lamas Castle
Basket Weaving


1 Day Trip: Chazuta – Courses in ecological paper and ceramics plus a visit to the archeological museum

  • Learn how to make natural paper at a small artisanal ecological paper factory.
  • Traditional and regional foods at Rio Bosque Magico (vegetarian option)
  • Learn how to make a basic ceramic shape with a group of women of the Chazutino culture.
  • Visit the archaeological museum and art gallery.
Paper making
Ecological paper made from the bark of a banana palm
Boat figurehead sculptures at the Joyce Bartra cultural centre