There are two very different areas to explore in Lamas.  At the top of the hill Lamas feels more like a quaint European town and actually houses a castle built by an Italian millionaire.   Then a few minutes downhill you enter Wayku a large indigenous Kechwa community.    You can find some really lovely crafts and souvenirs.    We are going to hide from the hustle and bustle of mainstream tourism, in the back streets where real life happens.

Kechwa Lamista artisan Gemina

Journey by car or motor-taxi 40 minutes from the city of Tarapoto to the indigenous town of Wayku.   Here we will visit the home of ceramicist Gemina.   Her home is a heaven for ceramics lovers, there are broken pots pilled in the corner ready to make shanu powder to mix into the clay.   Piles of clay everywhere make you feel hungry to start building a clay pot.   It is really special to be welcomed into her home and spend time with a community that lives so close to ancient customs and traditions.

  • 9am: Trip to the native community of Wayku in Lamas.

  • 10am:  Ceramics workshop - first, you will learn how to knead mixing the Shaño – choose your ceramic shape – paint your pots.

  • 11.30am: Walk around the town of Wayku where we can find artisan products.

  • 12.30pm: Lunch local dishes, rice, beans, chicken or egg.

  • 1.30pm: If you would like to visit the castle there is an extra entrance fee. Or we can have a look at the shops, local museums and visit an organic ice cream shop and cafe.
  • 3pm: Journey back to Tarapoto


Included in the price: transport Tarapoto to Lamas and back, English speaking tour guide, artisan, lunch
Not included in the price: Water - please bring your own water, entrance to the galleries and castle.

Price per person: 

per person - 40 USD
antient ceramics

If you would like to fire your work on a shuntu fire we can go back in about five days when your pot is dry.  If not we can send you the pot when its ready.