On this overnight workshop, make ecological paper with indigenous artisans, and try your hand at harvesting cacao on an organic family farm! This in-depth encounter directly impacts small communities, and connects you to Peru’s real communities, culture, and identity.
On this overnight Peru ecological workshop, learn how local artisans are making rainforest-friendly paper from coconut and banana stems, and discover how you can use organic materials in your own local environment to make ecological paper*! On day 2, head to an organic cacao farm to learn how small-batch, organic chocolate is made: the fruit to the final product!
On this community-organized and operated Peru ecological workshop, work alongside talented local artisans, discover Peru’s community-based social innovation, and support ongoing efforts in sustainable living.
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Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Tarapoto
Destination: Chazuta, Peru
Booking Requirements: 2 person minimum to book this experience
Day 1: Learn to Make Paper with Local Artisans
Begin your Peru ecological workshop with a welcome gathering in the Joicy V. Partra Cultural Center and sculpture gallery. Meet fellow travelers, enjoy a coffee, and admire the works of Peruvian Amazonian artist Joicy V. Partra.
Today, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how local artisans decided to take previously discarded coconut and banana stems and use this “waste” to create ecological natural paper. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the artisans in making your own paper!*
This side-by-side experience will give you the unique opportunity to learn from the artisans, hear their stories, and observe their immense talents and skill sets.
*Paper takes 1 week to set and dry. It may be sent by mail once the paper is ready.
Day 2: Explore an Organic Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory
Enjoy breakfast at the Cultural Center, then set out for Rio Bosque Magico Heribertos family farm. Enjoy a walk through the organic farm, and learn about sustainable agroforestry and the process of growing cacao beans. Learn the technique for harvesting cacao with a machete, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try it yourself!
Enjoy an organic, farm-fresh lunch, then check head to the farm’s production facilities. Here, participate in the fermenting and drying processes to prepare the cacao beans for chocolate making!
In the evening, enjoy another delicious home-grown organic meal, then tour the organic Mishky Cacao Chocolate Factory for a look (and taste!) of the final product. Journey back to Tarapoto in the late evening.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.