This off-the-beaten-path tour of Lima offers visitors a unique experience of Lima’s diversity. On this Lima tour, you will visit a community of the Shipibo-Konibo ethnic group, who are especially known in Peru for their particular and very recognisable art. You will learn more about their culture, traditions, history and current reality while also enjoying a delicious lunch at a host family’s house and learning two Shipibo art techniques. The focus of this tour is authentic and respectful cultural exchange.
The Shipibo-Konibo traditionally live in the Ucayali river basin in Peru’s Amazon region. They arrived from Ucayali to Lima in the 1990s and became the first native urban community in Peru. Its members identify themselves as an indigenous community and maintain their language, art, knowledge and internal rules related to coexistence. After having lived for several years in different old houses near the historical center of Lima, they settled on the Cantagallo Island in the Rímac River where they built their own community. The population grew each year until 2016, when the Shipibo-Konibo of Cantagallo lost everything in a devastating fire, including their sewing machines and other tools needed for their artisan trade.
Some survivors moved to other areas and work now in the textile industry. Others, however, try to recover from the tragedy and resume their business. On this tour, you will meet some survivors of that catastrophe, señoras Carola, Silvia and Sadith, strong women who are fighting to preserve their traditions and to keep their culture alive. They struggled and had to start again from the bottom, but they have found a good way to get ahead by showing and teaching their art to visitors.
Your guide for today will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30am (possibility to start later if you’re the first one to book) and together you’ll head past the historical center of Lima to the neighborhood where the Shipibo-Konibo have settled (about 45 minutes with usual traffic). You will get to meet two Shipibo-Konibo families today. On the first visit, you’ll learn more about their culture, traditions and recent history before starting the first workshop in Kené. Kené was declared National Cultural Heritage in 2008 and refers to geometric patterns painted or embroidered on the face or body, ceramics or textiles. The designs of kené represent energy or positive force. For the workshops you can choose 2 from the following 4 options:
After the first workshop, you will go to the second stop where the hostess will tell a bit more about the Shipibo-Konibo’s current reality before serving lunch. You’ll get the chance to ask more questions while enjoying a typical (and delicious!) dish. After lunch, you will learn more about another Shipibo-Konibo art technique in the second workshop of your choice.
The workshops are accompanied by Ikaro singing, medicine songs usually performed by shamans in healing ceremonies. It gives the workshops the right atmosphere, as you are learning about the ancient and spiritual art forms which are really important to this indigenous people.
For both workshops, you can take your own work home as a reminder of your day with the Shipibo-Konibo of Lima.
Your guide and driver will drop you back off at your hotel around 3:30pm (exact time will depend on traffic).
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Proceeds from this Lima tour benefit the Shipibo families and artists visited on the tour.
The proposed program is subject to change. – To confirm reservation, a non-refundable deposit of 50% per booking is required – Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents/itinerary. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel the participant’s place on a tour if there are not sufficient participants or for unforeseen circumstances – If damages are caused to third parties, all the expenses claimed from Alternative Peru that originate from the above-mentioned incident will be charged to the client, who will have no right to later claims. – Rates are per person – By booking, the participant declares to have read and agreed with the general booking conditions and the rules for responsible community tourism which are mentioned elsewhere on this website.
There will be no refund for unused services. – Alternative Peru reserves the right to cancel or change any trip due to river, road, weather conditions, political climate or any other unexpected circumstances. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip due to client unsuitability because of age, ill health, poor fitness, intoxication etc. – Any missed tours due to the above listed incidences (eg weather conditions or political climate) cannot be refunded or recuperated.