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.  
You can combine a course with an adventure to design a trip suited to your needs.

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.
 
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Ceramics course – Chazuta

PACKAGE TOURS – CERAMICS

1 Day Trips

  • 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.
  • SRDC: Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics and firing pots on a Shuntu.
  • SRDC: Two hour walk to the Quechua Lamista village of Chiricyacu – workshops in basic ceramics.

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2 Day Trips

  • Chazuta: Courses in traditional ceramics, the making of ecological paper and Chocolate Route – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico,’ overnight stay at Joyce V Barter cultural center.
  • Chazuta and SRDC: Chazuta – courses in traditional ceramics and the making of ecological paper.  SRDC – Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics or chumbe weaving. Overnight stay at Chirapa Manta Ecolodge.

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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.

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Ecological paper

San Roque De Cumbaza – Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics or chumbe weaving with artisan Petrona.

Chinchiwi is a one hour walk from the village of San Roque. Here you can learn to make the traditional Lamista chumbes, used as an all purpose rope or belt.   For carrying 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.
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. 

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

Visit Chiricyacu a 2-hour hike from the village of San Roque De Cumbaza.  You can learn to make basic ceremic bowls in the homes of the women.  A real oppotunity to feel what it is like inside the homes of the local indegenous people,  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.

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.

Package Tours

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

1 Day Trips

  • Chazuta: courses in traditional ceramics and chocolate route – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico.
  • Chazuta: courses in ecological paper and chocolate route – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico.
  • Lamas: course of choice, ceramics, basket or chumbe weaving – waterfall Chapawanki.
  • SRDC: Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics and chumbe or basket weaving.
  • SRDC: ceramics or chumbe weaving – Chiricyacu.
  • San Roque De Cumbaza: basket weaving.

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2 Day Trips

  • Chazuta: Courses in traditional ceramics, the making of ecological paper and Chocolate Route – cacao production (chocolate making) ‘Rio Bosque Magico,’ overnight stay at Joyce V Barter cultural center.
  • San Roque De Cumbaza and Chazuta: Chazuta – courses in traditional ceramics and the making of ecological paper.  SRDC – Quechua Lamista village of Chunchiwi – workshops in basic ceramics or chumbe weaving with artisan Petrona. Overnight stay at Chirapa Manta Ecolodge.

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