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October 20, 2020

Making Artisanal Cheese and Yogurt (Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Cheese and Yogurt (1 day workshop)


Price: US$99.00 dollars (adults, 16-75 years old)

25% discount for children and youth up to 15 years old.


Workshop schedule

-Visit to the cattle stable or family plantation (8:00 a.m.)

-Explanation about food, breeds, care, etc. (9:00h)

-Explanation about the types of milking (10: 00h)

-Milking time (10:30h)

-Lunch (12: 00h) (Included)

-We go to workshop place (2:00 p.m.)

-Explanation on methods of conservation of milk and derivatives (14:30)

-Preparation of the milk (3:00 p.m.)

-Cheese making (4:00 p.m.)

-Preparation of yogurt (5:00 p.m.)

-Packaging (5:30 p.m.)

-End of the workshop (6:00 p.m.)

Development of the program

The program begins by visiting the cattle stable or family plantations to meet the cows we will be working with on this day.  There, we will explain to the participants about the cow characteristics, physiology, diet, races, care and diseases.  Moreover, the different types of milking are explained to the travelers.  Later each participant will milk a cow.

Finally, in the dairy workshop, they will learn about the different methods of preserving milk, its primary and secondary derivatives, and the packaging of dairy products.  Once the milk is ready, they will learn to make cheese and yogurt by hand.

Workshop objective:

Learn and prepare the recipe for fresh cheese and yogurt.  Learn to get the raw materials and necessary items to be able to repeat it at home.


Time Available
All year long

Recommended Age
3 years old and up

We will provide the following items:


-Hair net

-Rubber gloves



-Wrapper for final cheese

Lunch is also provided

Workshop duration: 8 hours

Difficulty Level:  Low

The content of the workshop will be adapted to the age and type of the participant

Travelers must bring:

-Trekking shoes.

-Mosquito repellent.

-Sunblock cream.


-Rain coat.

-Fresh cloths such as, shorts and t-shirts.

-Long pants.


-Cash because there are not ATMs in Puerto Inca. The closest ATM is located in the city of Pucallpa.

About our workshop:

In this experiential course, the traveler will discover each and every one of the steps to follow for the manufacture of cheese and yogurt.  From milking the fresh milk in our cows to the product packaged, labeled and ready to eat and drink.

Our workshop focuses on techniques that can easily be replicated at home or on small-scale dairies.  Attendees learn the steps to make cheese naturally, without packed crops, additives, and chemicals, and how to get the best possible milk to make cheese.  The workshops are demonstrative style: that means, we all make cheese together around the table.

Each person participating in the workshop will handle and process 1 liter of milk and obtain their own fresh cheese, which they can take home once they finish draining at the end of the afternoon properly packaged.

In our fresh cheese making workshop, we will know and experience the secrets of milk and the little “miracle” that is the transformation into cheese, and its subsequent processing.

In this workshop, apart from learning the recipe for fresh cheese, travelers will also learn the way it should be changed to get a cheese to “cure” and how to take advantage of the serum that we have left over to make a cottage cheese.

It is a great experience and the best is that you can take your cheese and enjoy it at any time in your place.  Knowing that you prepare it yourself is priceless!





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About Author


Christian Navarro

We are Semillas Life, an international team working for the economic development of the less privileged communities in the Peruvian Amazon since 2018. We focus on education, environment, cultural exchange and sustainable eco-tourism. We are situated in the Peruvian Amazon (Puerto Inca, Huanuco, Peru). Our services comprise of workshops, adventure tours and local eco-tours. We believe that the region of Puerto Inca has so much to offer that people from outside could benefit from its pure and rich nature. By booking any of our tour packages, travelers get a unique chance to experience the stunning natural diversity and experience the beautiful local culture beyond a busy tourist industry. At the same time, they will help us to achieve our goal in giving back to our local community. We co-operate with a range of local experts and professionals. Therefore, all booking fees go either straight to local people (such as farmers, taxi drivers, hostels, restaurants owners, shamanic healer, or boat and tour guides, etc.) as well as supporting the cost of our teaching project and other expenses of Semillas Life.

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