The Pucallpa and surrounding area is inhabited by ancient native communities of the Shipibo - Conibo that belong to the Pano linguistic family that lived in the central Amazon. Campas native communities, and Piros Cashibos are also recorded. The natives began to have contact with Western people since the sixteenth century by evangelical missionaries and were then contacted by settlers following the rubber boom. Currently living in small villages along the Ucayali River and its tributaries, matriarchal organization is engaged in agriculture, fishing and hunting. Near the city of Pucallpa and Yarinacocha the communities of Santa Clara and San Francisco, where you can see their craft, highlighting its pottery and textiles are located. Some natives offer accommodation in their homes and the option to participate in its activities through rural tourism or shamanism sessions.
San Francisco Native Community A 14 km from Puerto Callao in Yarinacocha, on the left bank of the lake (1 hour by motorboat or peke peke from the port or 30 minutes by car from Pucallpa). It is the oldest population center and numerous among the native communities of the Shipibo-Conibo in the area. They live by hunting, gathering and farming and retain their customs and culture through crafts, language, rituals, dances, music, clothing, food, use of medicinal plants and materials native to the area to build their homes. In the surroundings you can hike, camp and watch the wildlife. "Shamanic sessions" with rituals and making ayahuasca, a hallucinogen used by shamans to enter trance and access the wisdom and supernatural powers are also organized. (Photos of San Francisco and crafts Shipiba)
Native Community of Santa Clara 15 km from Puerto Callao, on the left bank of the lagoon Yarinacocha (1 hour and 10 minutes by motorboat or peke peke). It is a community of Shipibo - Conibo; its inhabitants still preserve the culture of their ancestors and are engaged in agriculture, crafts and fishing.
Puerto Azul Native Community From Villa Aguaytía navigating the river Aguaytía (1 hour and 30 minutes by motor boat). The journey offers a glimpse of Cordillera Azul and observe plantations of various fruits like papayas and bananas, among others. Once in the native community of Puerto Azul, the Cashibo ethnicity - Cacataibo, visitors can appreciate the craftsmanship, traditional dress, customs, cuisine, in addition to their native tongue. Nearby flora and fauna utilized by the natives for their livelihood are observed.
Native Community Sinchiroca From Villa Aguaytía is up to the people of San Alejandro by Federico Basadre (2 hours by car) road; then he rides by the San Alejandro slider River to the native community Sinchiroca (2 hours by motor boat), the Cashibo-Cacataibo ethnicity. Residents retain ancestral customs (clothing, jewelry, weapons for hunting and fishing, food) and their native language. Several trails allow to observe the nature of the area.