Ichimay Wari: Lima Artisan Workshop: Connect with Huarpas & Wari Culture

Lima Artisan Workshop: Connect with Huarpas & Wari Culture

Lurin, Peru

Ichimay Wari

Community-based cooperative

3-4 hours
From$18 USDPer person

Ichimay Wari is an association of craftsmen in the Lurín district of Lima that derives its name from two pre-Incan cultures, the Ichimas and the Wari, who fostered the first artisanal cultures in the region.

Tour Highlights

  • Participate in traditional craft workshops and help support local infrastructure in Lima.
  • Learn how to transform raw materials into usable crafts from experienced artisans in a variety of workshops ranging from weaving to ceramic pottery.
  • Listen to the important stories of Ayacucho artisans who were displaced as a result of domestic terrorism in Peru.

Tour revenue supports local infrastructure projects and the cultural heritage of the community.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    9 am

  • Duration

    3-4 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals, People with disabilities

  • Languages

    Spanish

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Camera, Light shirt, Water

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 20

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Visit Ichimay Wari, a collective of artisans from the Huarpas and Wari cultures dedicated to preserving their ancestral heritage through artistic tradition. Be welcomed upon arrival by your Ichimay Wari guide, and explore the various artisan-led workshops offered here. Participate in 30-minute workshops ranging in topic from weaving to traditional pottery, and trade stories with your teachers! Each artisan has their own artistic specialty and unique insight to share. Discover what it takes to turn raw materials into a work of art: molding, drying, cooking, painting, and detailing. Use the skills you’ve learned to craft a masterpiece you’ll cherish!

Groups of ten or more also have the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a traditional pachamanca meal for an additional price. Learn the secrets behind this Andean culinary custom, meaning “earth oven,” that cooks food in a pit dug in the ground and dates back to the Inca Empire! Enjoy this classic Peruvian dish alongside the artisans. Before you leave, be sure to browse the Ichimay Wari boutique for one-of-a-kind, hand-made, authentic souvenirs to bring home!

Vetted & Visited By

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Ribbon ambassador
Beatriz Garcia Moreno
June 15, 2016

Tour Start Address

Jr. Argentina Mz. 22 A lt 9 B ( Barrio del Artesano) antigua panamericana sur Kl. 39.5- paradero la cruz, Lurin, Lima, Peru

How To Get There

By bus:
Take a bus from the Benavides (Av. Alfredo Benavides) bus station in Lima to Panamericana Sur (1 sol). From there, cross the bridge and take a second local bus traveling south to Lurin. Look for a brown- and cream-colored bus marked San Bartolo/Lurin (2 soles).

By taxi:
Take a taxi from Lima for 40-50 soles.

Ichimay Wari is located very close to Pachacamac, a well-known archeological site.

More About Ichimay Wari

Mission

To improve the living and working conditions of Peruvian craftsmen, their families, and their communities through the Fair Trade commercialization of CIAP members’ artisanal products.

Main Programs

  • Conduct internal and external training sessions on technological subjects, production, and marketing, with the support of local NGO's.

  • Contribute to discussions about Lurin's development with Lurin's municipality and other institutions.

  • Participate in fairs and exhibitions to sell our products.

  • Participate in and advocate at local holiday celebrations.

Awards & Recognition

CIAP (Central Interregional Artisans of Peru)
Member