The Amazonian Culture of San Roque de Cumbaza and Lamas

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  • 3 Days, 2 Nights(more like 2D, 2N)
  • Starting PointTarapoto (airport or city)
  • DifficultyLow (but don't understimate the heat)
  • Group Size: 1 - 8(for bigger groups, please contact us)
  • Price rangeUSD$ 280-670
  • BookingsAt least 1 week in advance

This tour “The Amazonian Culture of San Roque de Cumbaza and Lamas (3D2N)” is a condensed version of “Connect with the Heart of Amazonian Culture (4D3N)” that brings an option for travelers with limited time and a smaller budget.

Enjoy a more practical connection without compromising on the richness of the journey as you will be visiting the same destinations although limiting some activities. Nevertheless, if you are on a tighter budget, take a look at the shortened version called: “Quick Cultural Inmersion in San Roque de Cumbaza (3D2N)” and do not miss the chance to get off the beaten path because of a few dollars.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tarapoto’s warm streets and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of San Roque de Cumbaza, a small town nestled amidst lush greenery. This tour offers a unique chance to experience the daily lives of locals through a variety of activities and story-telling that are sure to leave you with lasting memories. Whether it’s learning traditional crafts, such as producing your own chocolate or copying skilled weavers and pottery artisans, or simply enjoying the breathtaking natural surroundings, this tour is the perfect way to recharge your spirit and reconnect with faraway cultures and nature. Finish your days with a short visit to Lamas a vibrant cultural gem, known as the folkloric capital of the region for its rich traditions of the indigenous Kichwa-Lamista people.

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If you want to discover other similar experiences in the country, look at all our tours in the Peruvian Jungle.

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Day by Day

Day 1Getting there

We suggest flying to Tarapoto in the afternoon, where we will be happy to arrange airport pickup for you. However, if you are already in Tarapoto, feel free to enjoy your favorite activity in the morning before preparing to be picked up by us at 4 pm in a moto-taxi.

After taking in the beautiful countryside during the brief journey (1 h) from Tarapoto to San Roque de Cumbaza, it’s time to settle into your lodgings for the night. You’ll check into a charming family inn where the cozy atmosphere of this small town will envelop you immediately.

Then, around 7 pm the experienced cook Emira takes charge of dinner, preparing a mouth-watering assortment of traditional Amazonian dishes for you. From plantains and peanuts to free-range hen and wild river fish, you’ll find a variety of delectable flavors to savor.

Finally, before retiring to bed (around 8 pm), indulge in Angel’s life stories. Sit back at the square, the inn, or even at his place. Each tale unravels within the town, featuring a fusion of real and mystical creatures. Absolutely the perfect end to your day! (by 9.30 you can be getting into bed if that is your desire).

Day 2 First contact with the Kichwa and hands – on activities

Following breakfast (8 to 9 am), a gentle one-hour walk up a gentle slope will lead us to the boundaries of the Chunchiwi Native Community. This region, akin to several other rural communities in Peru, spans across a large area with low population density. Basic modern amenities such as electricity are noticeably absent, while the inhabitants utilize locally-sourced, natural materials as their primary means of housing.

During our journey, we’ll visit Indanal, a quaint sector inhabited by merely four families. One cannot miss their vibrant attire, especially the women’s. They speak a local dialect of Quechua and are known for their unique art, providing the perfect gateway for social interaction.

At Petrona’s place (around 10 am), you get to select your preferred crafting activity – learn textiles or pottery by making either a ‘chumbe’ or a ‘tiesto’. It doesn’t matter which you choose, as both options include an introductory workshop. Come and explore your creative side!

For lunch, we will go back to San Roque’s downtown (by 1 pm).

Then (around 3 pm), Segunda and her husband Santos are bringing us something finger-licking good this afternoon – chocolate! Get ready for a delicious treat. Experience the whole cacao-making process on-site, from harvesting the beans from the pod (depending on the season) to fermentation, drying, grinding, and chocolate candy production. You’ll savor your sweets infused with the local flavors of coconut, mocambo (a cacao relative), sacha inchi (inca nut), and honey.

NOTE: The availability of fresh cacao hinges on the season. But even if you arrive too late, you can still partake in later phases of the process to achieve the same results. Alternatively, coffee production activities are available, but the restrictions remain the same. It all comes down to what takes your fancy.

Free night with dinner included.

Day 3Day 3 The much anticipated visit to Lamas.

Located atop a mountain, Lamas boasts stunning landscapes as is set against the Cerro Escalera and the majestic Cordillera Azul mountain range and a climate that’s nothing less than delightful. It stands out as a unique destination, perfect in every way and the Kichwa people, from the nearby native communities, call it home. 

First we will enter “The House of the Working Woman”, an artisan center that serves as a vibrant hub for preserving ancestral knowledge. Initially established by women to showcase and sell their traditional crafts, it has now evolved into a space where both male and female artisans from the indigenous Kichwa Wuayku community come together to exchange their expertise and exhibit their meticulously handcrafted creations. The center boasts a diverse range of offerings, including an interpretation room, immersive workshops dedicated to ceramics, textiles, and jewelry, as well as a dedicated exhibition and sales area. These exquisite ceramics and textiles hold significant cultural value and are revered as national treasures, capturing the local inhabitants’ profound interpretation of life and the world that surrounds them. 

Please note that in the event the previous activity cannot take place, we will instead have the opportunity to visit the Chanka Museum. A remarkable exhibit that provides valuable insights into the origins of the Quechuan-Amazonian culture, a living heritage of Peruvian history.

Another great way to experience Lamas is by simply sitting back on one of the benches in the main square and watching the daily lives of the local ‘lamistas’ unfold before you. This is the perfect way to soak in the rich flavors and quaint charm of this lovely town.

Once lunchtime arrives, we’ll take you to a place that not only serves up delicious, traditional cuisine, but also provides unbeatable panoramic views. You’ll see!

Next, we’ll descend toward the Huayco Native Community, where we’ll explore its artisan workshops located around a charming and unique square. Consider this the perfect opportunity to obtain original, one-of-a-kind souvenirs if you’re drawn to handicrafts.

As a farewell tradition (from 6 to 7 pm), we’ll savor a cup of locally sourced coffee, and indulge in dinner. This will take place at a business that is socially responsible, and by buying from them, we support their noble goals. A great way to contribute to something positive whilst enjoying ourselves.

Then, we will drive you and drop you off at Tarapoto’s airport or your preferred location in town.

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Why is this experience RESPONSible?

Your visit doesn’t just allow you to explore, it also helps support the livelihoods of local families who normally earn their living through agriculture alone. By visiting, you provide them with additional income, making a positive difference in their lives.

This tour shines the spotlight on women and allows their economic independence and leadership within their communities. The aim is to inspire and encourage more women to follow their steps.

This is an exemplary instance of off-the-beaten-path tourism, a known way of exploring the destination, that offer fresh perspectives and hold immense value for marginalized communities.

You’ll find everything you eat here is local, organic, and fresh! That means there’s no transportation required, which is great for the environment since it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. And boost the local economy.

This experience breathes new life into disappearing ancestral traditions – be it material or non-material – by instilling value and appreciation.

Details

Price Includes

  • Accommodation2 nights
  • Transportation Tarapoto-San Roque de Cumbaza-Lamas-Tarapoto
  • Excursions as described in the itineraryThe House of the Working Woman/Chanka Museum ticket included
  • Full meals2 breakfasts and lunches, 3 dinners
  • Tour guideEnglish and Spanish speaking
  • 5 chocolate candiesthe ones you make with your own hands

Price Excludes

What to Bring

  • Reusable or built-in filter bottles
  • We have signed the International Tourism Plastic Pledge and support the Travel Without Plastic movement, so we will always ask you to obtain reusable or built-in filter bottles for you and your companions before you travel to Peru or as soon as you arrive in the country.
  • Raincoat or ponchojust in case
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved pants and shirts
  • Warm clothingfor the fresh nights
  • Hiking shoesTo walk thourgh the mountain, resistent and confortable
  • Hat, sunglasses
Frequently Asked Questions

About The Amazonian Culture of San Roque de Cumbaza and Lamas

Is this tour physically demanding?

Not at all! The hike on day 2 lasts only an hour and, although uphill, it’s a gentle slope. It’s scheduled for the morning to avoid the afternoon heat.

Do the local families speak English?

No, they don’t. But a bilingual guide will be with you at all times.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

This is a private excursion that will be enjoyed by just you, your family, or the friends in your group.

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

The only entrance fee during this tour is for the the House of the Working Woman or the Chanka Museum and it is already included in the cost of the package.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“. 

Can I take home the handicrafts I make?

Unfortunately, that is not likely, unless re-planning the itinerary (when the workshops take place) or incur more logistics (at your expense). This is due to the pottery requiring ample time to dry and then further duration in the oven, while weavings are relatively time-intensive and can only be completed after your departure, with the artisan finishing them for you. In such cases, you are welcome to select any pre-existing piece that was crafted by previous travelers. While we understand it is not the same, we trust that you will appreciate the possibilities available.

You may coordinate with your host, Patricia, to rearrange the itinerary so that you can try to obtain your own pieces before departing. Or if you head out before the pieces are ready, but still have a trustworthy address within the country, they can be sent to you.

What if I can/want to start the tour earlier?

If you’re interested in starting the tour earlier, you can! – 7 AM, to be precise.

Shoot us an enquiry using the [pink] booking box, and let us know your thoughts. We’ll be more than happy to customize the tour for you, meaning that we will reorganize the order of activities based on your starting time.

What should I pack for this tour?

Please refer to our article What to Pack for your Trip to Peru for all your questions about packing for your Peru trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. You can also download a full Packing List for free. 

Which vaccines are recommended for the jungle?

Visit a travel doctor who can give you professional advice on what vaccinations may be necessary. But if you go into the Tarapoto area, a yellow fever shot is recommended.

Is there Internet at the destination?

Not necessarily, unless you have a Peruvian SIM card on your smartphone and purchase a data package for navigation. The best service providers in the area are Claro and Entel. In certain situations, your tour host may allow you to use her mobile hotspot.

What's the cancellation policy for this tour?

In case you would have to cancel the reservation, we unfortunately need to charge you costs which we can not get back. We ask you for your understanding. These are the conditions:

– By canceling your trip 31 days or more before arrival: Impactful Travel charges 0% of the total amount.
– By canceling your trip 30-15 days before arrival: Impactful Travel charges 50% of the total amount.
– By canceling 14-7 days before arrival: Impactful Travel charges 75% of the total amount.
– By canceling 6-0 days before arrival: Impactful Travel charges 100% of the total amount.

What if unforeseen events affect my trip?

In case of force majeure or unexpected events before or during the trip (accidents, strikes, climatological circumstances, earthquakes or other natural phenomena, safety conditions, political factors, denial of entry permits or visas, legal affairs of the traveler, health matters, etc.), Impactful Travel may modify, replace or cancel itineraries, dates, flights, hotels, optional services, which is accepted by the passenger with purchasing the services.

Impactful Travel will try its best to have your trip continue as planned. We will refund you within our possibilities and policies of providers involved in the organization of your trip. In case those circumstances lead to additional costs, those have to be covered by you or your travel insurance. We will obviously do our best to keep additional costs to a minimum.

What is a moto-taxi?

This is a tricycle-style vehicle designed to accommodate up to three passengers. It consists of a motorcycle combined with a cart that features a seating area for passengers and a rear space for conveniently transporting items such as luggage.

 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Your Travel Designer & Host

Patricia "Paty" Mendoza

I was born in the city of Lima, I have lived half of my life in the Peruvian jungle, learning and nourishing myself from nature and its people. I studied Agronomic Engineering at the National Agrarian University La Molina, and then a master’s degree in Ecotourism at the same university. 8 years ago (2015), I completely moved with my family to the rural northeast jungle of Peru, where together with my daughters and husband we enjoy, conserve nature and live in community with the local population.

Seeing a great potential in the rural population of the jungle, mainly in women who push their families forward. In addition to creating synergies, in which we all can benefit, including nature and living beings that live in it motivated me to create this experience.

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