The Lamas Town is the capital of Lamas province and is located on top of a hill about 1,000 feet high, 22 km northwest of the city of Tarapoto, has steep streets and its main feature is available in terraces. The legend says that first level its lived by the Chancas (pre-hispanic culture) that arrived from the south Andean, the second to the mestizos and the third was used as a lookout. Today it retains the division between Indians, lamistas and mestizos, who celebrate their feast and patron saints separately. Although located in the jungle, the town has the structure of the Andean villages, probably the origin of its inhabitants. The Wayku neighborhood is inhabited by indians descendants of the brave Chancas, who retain their traditional ancestral customs.


Lamas is located 22 kilometers northwest of the city of Tarapoto (30 minutes by car), connected by a paved road and is between 300 and 910 meters, has steep streets and its main feature is available on terraces . It is said that the first floor belonged to Chanca came from the south, the second to the mestizo and the third was used as a lookout. In Lamas province is located the Regional Conservation Area Cordillera Escalera.


Founded in 1656, is one of the oldest towns in the Peruvian jungle. History records that the population living in this area since time immemorial, beginning with the first settlers who arrived in early waves of immigration established in various parts of what is now San Martin, between ethnic groups covering this part of the forest are the Caribbean, the Tupi Guarani and Arahuacs. These groups adapted to their new way of life and this is seen in different types of cultural events found and preserved today.


Lamas also records in its history had been conquered twice. The first was by the warring Pocras and Chancas group of Hanan, who allegedly being defeated at the Battle of Yahuarpampa by the troops of Inca Pachacutec in 1438 and conquered their territories of origin as Ayacucho, abandoned its territory and into the jungle passing through several villages and extended families scattered through these areas who underwent easily.


Today remains the divide between Indians and mestizos Islamists, who celebrate their patron saint separately. Although located in the jungle, the town has the structure of the mountain villages, probably because the origin of its inhabitants. The district is inhabited by Indians Wayku descendants of the brave Chanca, who retain their traditional ancestral customs.


Lamas was declared as the Folkloric Capital Region in recognition of the significant contribution they make to national and regional history of Lamas, as well as their cultural heritage, folklore and tourism. There are restaurants, basic accommodations, craft shops. (Photos of Lamas)


Native Community of Lamas

Today the main center is the town ethnic Quechua Wuayku Minor, also known as the Barrio del Wayku, which is in the bottom of the village of Lamas. In the neighborhood of Wayku is a large group of descendants of Pocras and Hanan Chancas and which still retain lamista Quechua language (Quechua Ayacucho Chanca or blended Cahuapana), which also develop their festive activities and family. On the perimeter of the main square you will find stores selling crafts, restaurants and in the marketplace tend to make their music and dance. Particularly striking is the lack of windows in their homes to prevent the entry of evil spirits. The women wear colorful ribbons in their hair are indicators of marital status and social position. (Photos of the Native Community)


Lamas Ethnic Museum
Jiron Lima, block 5. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Here, they show part of the history and folklore of the Quechua - Lamista culture where you can witness different cultural expressions and customs like the lanta - tipina, the first hair cut, the making of clothes from native cotton and other vegetable fibers, dyeing, and the dances of the lamas people.


Castle of Lamas

Construction of 5 levels of natural stone molded by hand. Inside some religious paintings on the side of an environment for the sale of crafts and a small restaurant coffee.


Chapawanki Waterfall
5 km / 3 miles from Lamas (20 minutes by car) where you start a 200 meter / 656 - feet hike (15 minutes). This 4 meter / 13 feet high waterfall plunges into a 2,5 meter / 8 - feet deep pool. The area is surrounded by lush countryside with plants like the pashaca, the shapaja palm, the quinilla, the ficus tree, orchids, and ferns. It is the habitat of different birds, butterflies, and insects.


Ahuarpía Waterfalls
25 km / 16 miles south of Moyobamba (30 minutes by car) to the village of Ahuarpía and then there is a 1 km / 0,6 - mile hike (20 minutes)
The waterfalls are located on the hills of the village, and the water falls 10 to 12 meters / 33 to 39 feet from the Plantanayacu Gorge.


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