Centro Tinku is an academic and cultural center located in Peru, Cusco and dedicated to international exchange and cultural interaction. We aim at making you discover and appreciate the cultures Peru from as close as possible. Our mission is to provide deep knowledge in a relaxed way, and our challenge is teaching without being boring. Our young and dynamic staff will always make sure you enjoy a pleasant interaction and a cozy atmosphere.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The project of Centro Tinku is the child of an anthropologist, Jean-Jacques Decoster, who first came to Peru in 1985 to conduct ethnographic research.
“My first experience in the region was to spend 2 years in a Quechua-speaking community (Accha, in the province of Paruro) during what was undoubtedly Peru’s deepest economic and social crisis of the late 20th century. For years after that, I went back and forth between Cusco and Ithaca (NY). After teaching for a few years in a Graduate Faculty for the Social Sciences in in Quito (Ecuador), I came back to Cusco in 1997 and ended up staying ever since.”
In addition to running Centro Tinku, Dr. Decoster is Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC), president and founder of the non-profit organization Asociación Kuraka, and a National Geographic Expeditions Expert.
THE NAME “TINKU”
In Quechua, Tinku means “encounter”. Since its creation in 2003, the aim of Centro Tinku has been to share a common passion for Andean culture: We thus invite people from everywhere to come and learn more about Peru and its cultural richness.
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