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Quechua native community of Wayku

This is the only Quechua ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon and its people still maintain their ancestral customs, language, and typical dresses. They have handicraft stores in their houses, being this one of the highlights, as well as the picturesque square with sculptures representing scenes of the QuechuaLamistas’ customs.

Among the typical dishes of the region are: Juanes de arroz: hen meat with rice and spices, wrapped in banana leaves. Inchicapi: hen soup with peanuts, cilantro, and cassava. Avispa juane: chopped pork mixed with garlic and spices bound with flour and egg; then it is boiled and wrapped in achira leaves like a tamale. Tacacho con cecina: roasted or fried banana, mashed with butter and dried meat. Chunchulijuane: mashed cassava, cilantro and hen giblets, wrapped in banana leaves. Chontajuane: mashed chonta, palm, and paiche (fish), wrapped in banana leaves. Sarajuane: mashed corn and peanuts with pork meat, wrapped in banana leaves. Traditional drinks: Masato: drink made of boiled and mashed cassava then fermented with sweet potato or sugar. Chuchuhuasi: aguardiente made from a bitter and astringent root; it is very famous throughout eastern Peru.


Waska Waska Warmi Wasi Artisanal Center

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (Saint John Baptist Festival) / June Throughout the Department. This feast takes on a symbolic character since water is a vital element in the entire Amazon; typical bands perform during the festival and typical regional dishes are prepared.

San Roque de Cumbaza

Throughout the Department.

This center is run by artisan women from the Wayku neighborhood. By visiting this place it will be possible to know more about the process and techniques of traditional pottery and native cotton fabric production.

17 km / 10 mi from Tarapoto city (45 min by car).

San Roque is a magical and mysterious town characterized by beautiful landscapes and lush nature with paradisiacal fresh water pools. The Toroyacu Waterfall, which is 100 m / 328 ft high, is a three-hour walk from there. Along the route, it is possible to see diverse flora and fauna.


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Carnivals / February – March They are celebrated especially by the cities of Rioja and Lamas. Each city has its unique way of celebrating the carnivals. Santa Rosa de Raymi (Saint Rose of Raymi) / August Province of Lamas.

This is the most important festivity for the native community of Wayku; the arrangements start the 20th of August. The activities take place in the morning; at night, the celebrations continue with dances and music. It all ends on the 31st with the famous Pato Tipina celebration.

The songs sung during patron saint festivities and the legends passed on from generation to generation stand out among the most important cultural expressions. The most popular dances are la Pandilla, Marinera Selvática, and Tahuampa.

The information contained in this brochure has been updated in April 2014. In order to create it, PROMPERÚ has used official information sources and has been assisted by the Fair Trade and Tourism Regional Offices.


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The crafts have Hispanic, traditional, and native characteristics. Clay ceramics, native cotton fabrics, toquilla palm fiber as well as wood carving pieces, seeds, and bark are representative of San Martín.

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