Shipibo Culture in Lima: Visit to an Urban Amazonian Community

This off-the-beaten-path Lima experience is fun, educational and very Peruvian. It is perfect for those that need a break from archeology and architecture but still want to learn more about Peruvian culture and its diversity. On this cultural exchange tour, you'll visit a community of the indigenous Shipibo-Konibo, who are originally from the Amazon region. Several moved to Lima decades ago where they settled together and built their own a community.

During the tour, you'll learn more about Shipibo art, culture and traditions, and their inspiring but often tragic history and present situation. You'll also try a delicious and typical Amazonian lunch with our host family and you will of course see and try out some Shipibo techniques yourself. If you’re more of an observer, that’s perfectly fine as well!

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4 to 5 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Lunch - Traditional Shipibo lunch at a local family’s house
    • Private transportation
    • All activities mentioned
    • Proceeds from this Lima tour benefit the Shipibo families and artists visited on the tour.
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Cantagallo rimac, Lima District 15093, Peru

      Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you’ll head past the historic center of Lima to Cantagallo, the neighborhood where the Shipibo-Konibo settled a long time ago. It is about a 45-minutes drive if the traffic is not too bad but we promise you won’t get bored observing the bustling streets of Lima.

      Today, you'll meet several members of this urban indigenous community and learn more about their culture, traditions and recent history. You'll hear how these strong Shipibo artisans 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. Not only the typical Shipibo textiles and handicrafts, but also modern Shipibo fashion.

      The very recognisable Shipibo style, which is the foundation not just of their art and handicrafts but of their indigenous culture is named Kené. It 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. It can be expressed, among others, through embroidery, painting, jewellery and body painting.

      You will get the chance to try out some of these techniques yourself. This is accompanied by Ikaro singing, medicine songs usually performed by shamans in healing ceremonies. As all indigenous, they are very spiritual people, even if they live in the big city now.

      Duration: 4 hours

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Departure Time :
      9:30 AM
      Return Detail :
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


    English - Guide

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    Organised by Alternative Peru

    Activity ID: V-9060P8

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