San Roque De Cumbaza – The district of San Roque is located in the Province of Lamas, San Martin region, Peru. Located 830 meters above sea level and seated in the buffer zone area ‘Cordillera Escalera’ Regional Conservation. The town of San Roque originated in the middle of the seventeenth century when descendants of the Lamista people came in search of food, motivated by the abundant hunting and fishing in the river especially Cumbaza. Forty one percent of the San Roque population are native Quechua Lamistas.
Cultural Trail – with 22,513 people in total the Quechua Lamistas are of demographic importance representing 9.39% of the indigenous population of Peru.
It is important to understand that this indigenous group has maintained a creative culture full of tradition and has continued to conserve its biodiversity for thousands of years.
We all have a renewed interest in continuing to create and preserve these cultures, as the protection of biodiversity is for all humanity.
The Quechua traditional people live much differently from the modern world, there is a cohabitation of respect and nurture and everything to the people is alive: the forests (sacha), fields (chakra), rivers, waterfalls, lagoons, plants and hills, all connected as one living community.
Agro-tourism – The chakra is where food as well as coffee and cacao is grown, agriculture was born not to oppose the forest (sacha) but to live within it, because the fields (chakra) is a human handicraft that incessantly recreates the architecture of the forest and moves in harmony with it.
Sacharuna Adventure works with organic farmers in the region who genuinely love their natural environment. ‘Agroindustria Warmi’ for example are an association of family farmers and friends, with common objectives: to expand ‘organic’ agriculture in the village, reduce poverty through maximum profit, to promote artisanal farmed products and to create a more sustainable village as a whole.
Eco-tourism – in the area can work for or against these indigenous groups. It is important to provide humble tourism that brings the tourist genuine experiences with local people so this cultural knowledge can be respected and shared. So that the indigenous cultures can thrive in a way that moves within their own cosmovision and belief systems.