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This off-the-beaten-path tour of Lima offers visitors a unique experience of Lima’s diversity. You will visit a community of the indigenous Shipibo-Konibo, who are especially known in Peru for their particular and very recognisable art. You will learn more about their art, culture, traditions, history and current reality while also enjoying a delicious lunch at a host family’s house. 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.
Pick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.
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 several members of the Shipibo-Konibo community today. You’ll learn more about their culture, traditions and recent history but also see (and participate) in some of their most famous cultural heritage: their very recognisable art techniques and their delicious Amazonian cooking.
Your guide and driver will drop you back off at your hotel around 2:30pm (exact time will depend on traffic).
The Shipibo-Konibo community has had a tough time in Lima. After the devastating fire that destroyed their urban community, many of the artisans went to work in factories. The few that decided to continue the trade had to start all over. Your visit supports these survivors both financially and mentally. It encourages them to continue not only the artisan trade but also the conservation of their indigenous traditions. At the same time, it also brings them some extra income (through the workshops and cooking lunch).