The project of Centro Tinku is the creation of 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) in the middle of 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 a few years spent teaching at the Graduate Faculty for the Social Sciences (FLASCO) in Quito (Ecuador), I came back to Cusco in 1997 and have been living here ever since.
My personal experience, living in various countries and on several continents, is what convinced me of the importance of cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication as an important element of promoting a better future based on sensitivity and mutual tolerance. And this is the vision that led to the creation of Centro Tinku and that has been guiding our entreprise 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.