The Shipibo Conibo
The city of Pucallpa and the Surrounding Ucayali river region are fast becoming known as one of the most culturally rich areas of Peru. The region boasts the the vibrant indigenous art and design of the Shipibo Conibo people, a river dwelling people and the largest indigenous community of the area. They are also renown as shamans and their fascinating art and material culture is inspired by visions that they have received working with the visionary plant medicine, Ayahuasca. Some anthropological accounts have claimed these designs represent specific "icaros" or healing songs sung by shamans that are then interpreted by the Shipibo craftswomen in visual form. These highly distinctive designs are then embroidered on clothing and painted on tapestries and ceramics.
You will certainly meet Shipibo Conibo women, who are the master craftsmen, selling their wares in the area and their embroidery and painting makes excellent gifts or momentoes of your journey at Santuario and the area.