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Published: July 26th 2019
It’s very easy to witness some indigenous tribes around the world stuck on their ancient ways in today’s modern world. Many of them still follow their ways of constructing houses and several other ancient methods that seem inbred. Now because you are like every other tourist, you will get some interest in dynamics, traditional customs and folktales. If they really interest you, then you should embrace an outing in a remote area to spare some time with the locals.
Peru is one of those places where fervent tourists should visit and interact with the tribes and at the same time adopt some aspects of their local lifestyle. Over the years, the number of global tourists that are keen to explore areas with traditional and historical significance has grown steadily. Every country in the world is trying hard to promote their Native Tourism
which means generating more income from tourism.
A time Travel expedition
In Peru, you shouldn’t visit in a hurry because the most remote areas of Amazon rainforest are the real habitat for rich flora and fauna and also indigenous people who haven’t been in front of world cameras for years. Actually, the Peruvian Amazon basin hosts about 15
uncontacted tribes who speak over 43 different languages. The most popular tribes in this place include the Matsigenka, Cacataibo, Isconahua, Yora and Nanti.
The good thing is that you can land on the centuries-old Inca Trail that will take you up to the Machu Picchu in one of the most famous mountains including Andes Mountains. This puts you in a really good position to get some insights into the lost civilization. This is what makes you get a full understanding of the culture in the region.
Now you have a chance to take a day excursions to the Yagua Indians. These are known for their skills with the blow gun and their unique attire which comprises of glass skirts to resemble women warriors. These people are also very creative in the use of their various materials in making baskets and numerous other products. The locals will as well perform some traditional dance known as Atunas. This musical play is created with native instruments.
Visit a traditional community and participate
This is another great way to experience the cultural side of Peru. It’s really easy to find a traditional community in Peru and eventually participate on
their daily community work. This gives you a nice opportunity to experience the firsthand cultural perspective of the Peruvian people. Before the end of time, you will as well have different reasons to appreciate the cultural heritage of each people.
Participate in one of the hands-on activities
The people in this place engage in several hands-on activities. People usually get to the forest to gather medicinal plants, hunt and at the same time carry out sustainable forestry. You can engage in any of the activities. If you have time, spare some to go fishing with the locals in the Forest Rivers, lakes and streams.
Join in other daily tasks with the locals
The locals participate in a couple of daily activities including harvesting crops, weaving mats and also making Masato which is a traditional cassava beer. Before you leave the villages, also take a couple of traditional cooking lessons which includes making wine and cooking their traditional meals including Pacamoto. The people also cook in an open fire which means you can as well participate in it with ease.
Visit the Community Lodge: Pankotsi
Another good place to visit on your Native tourism is the Pankotsi community
lodge that is located just 15-minutes’ walk from Shipetiari community. Pankotsi is a wonderful place to experience authentic Matsigenka daily life. You can as well enjoy a decent standard of accommodation. The locals also make it easy for you to blend in and at the same time makes you feel as if you are part of them.
The tourists are also invited to take part in all sorts of community activities. As a matter of fact, most of the locals here are more than willing to teach you some sort of traditional dance and at the same time share some in-depth knowledge of the forest and other tourist attractions in the area.
Take an Andean cultural journey and yoga retreats
This journey sets the stage for you to experience profound cultural and personal experiences. You will visit the Pisac Inn and a sacred valley of the Incas and accommodations. Actually, your participation directly supports preserve the cultural heritage of the local people.
A Journey to Shipetiari
This is an adventure in itself. Now that you have left the Guzco, you will now climb to reach about 4000 M.A.S.I and cross the Andean Range. After that you will start your trip down into the Jungle where you can experience a lot more of the Peruvian soil. You will experience stunning landscapes and dramatic weather changes, climate and vegetation.
You eventually take a boat to a geographically isolated area Shipetiari which should be your final destination. This is a well-organized community of about 60 families. This place is very remote and at the same time a good place to experience the cultural side of the Matsigenka people which is known as the largest ethnic group in Peru.
Kusi Kawsay Andean school
This is a non-profit school that is located in Andean tradition which focuses ultimately on empowering economically challenges children in the area. Before you close your journey to Peru, you can spare an hour or two to visit this school and make a contribution if you are able to do that.
Peru hosts a couple of best cultural attractions and at the same time makes it very easy for you to have a nice experience in the country. The list is long, in fact, the above are some of the places you should visit to experience more of their culture but if you have time or if you are travelling on a combined tour, then you can visit other tourist attractions including monuments, forests, and museums.
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