Day 1: Settle into your lodgings of choice

Introduction to the village of San Roque and tour of the village, get to know the best local shops and river beaches.

San Martin Peru

Learn how to make found pigments into paint.

  • 11 am: Searching for natural pigments by the River Cumbaza.
  • 12.30 pm: Choice of preparing your own lunch or lunch in the village.
  • 1.30 pm: In the studio of Sachaqa Centro De Arte, learn how to make pigments into the paint.  Trina Brammah can teach you a few painting techniques to help you get the best out of these subtle colors. Trina will talk to you about her visionary art and art process.
Found Pigment Painting

Day 2: ceramics in the Kechwa Lamista community

1-hour walk to the Indigenous village of Chunchiwi, a course in the preparation of clay ready to make your ceramic bowl.  Petrona is very welcoming and friendly. Collect natural pigments on the way back, there are some amazing oranges and yellows. After lunch, we can swim in the river and collect more pigments by the river.

  • 9 am:   Choice of preparing your own breakfast in your kitchen or breakfast in the village.
  • Visit a local shop where we can stock up on water and snacks for your hike.
  • 9.30 am:  Walk to the village of Chunchiwi, the path to the village is not sheltered from the sun so bring with you a good sun hat and protect your skin.
  • 10.30 am:  Start your ceramic class at the home of Petrona.  Petrona is an excellent teacher for beginners, she is patient and kind.
  • 12.00 pm:  Walk back to the village – the way back to San Roque is all downhill, there are amazing views of the Cordillera Escalera, so bring your camera.
  • Collect natural pigments on the way back to the village.
  • 1 pm:  Swim in the River Cumbaza to refresh. look for natural pigments.
  • 2 pm:  Lunch in the village – Chicken, beans, and rice is the traditional food in the village.  If you would like Yucca Rellena ( yucca filled with vegetables or chicken)  or have any special diet requirements please let us know when you book your tour.
  • 3 pm:  Tour of the village and we can buy local products, sacha inchi seeds, cacao (raw chocolate) and local coffee. There are many murals in the village painted by the artists of Sachaqa.
  • 5 pm: Dinner in the home of Cenida – Cal De Gallina, a traditional soup made with farmed chicken.

Day 3: Wayku indigenous town of Lamas.

  • 6.30 am: Journey to Lamas in a motor taxi - we will leave your luggage in -  Casa De Palos boutique and cafeteria.
  • 7.30 am: arrive at the home of Gemina, breakfast.
  • 8.00 am: Choice of courses; We can make a ceramic bowl or create plant pigments.  we can learn about the many medicinal plants growing in the garden and how to prepare them.   The family knows all the secret recipes for medicine that can cure common aches and pains.  Maybe you would be interested in weaving a Chumbe belt or small basket to take home as a souvenir.
  • 12.00 pm: Lunch in the main town of Lamas.
  • 1.00 pm: Walk around the artisan shops where we can find many souvenirs.
  • 1.30 pm: Coffee and ice-cream
  • 3.00 pm:  End of experience

Day 4: Optional Hike.

The point where Añaquiwi clear river springs meet the Cumbaza, collect pigments

Hike to the clear river springs of Añakiwi, a magical place surrounded by friendly jungle forests, where you can hear the many sounds of birds.  There are many pigments we can collect here and because of Iron Dioxide, there can be streams of yellow running from the mountains.  Picnic lunch in nature and time to swim and relax by the river.  The path is quite steep so you would have to be of a certain fitness to do this trail. There are amazing views of the Cordillera Escalera and you can see the city of Tarapoto from afar.


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