Cuenca and South Ecuador
Ancestral traditions in the heart of the Andes
Of Inca descent, this town of Kichwa nationality - and Colla, Aymara and Yuracaré inffluence - inhabits the south of Ecuador and is one of the few in the country that preserves, almost intact, its heritage.
This #indigenous ethnic group is a great exponent of the rich culture of the southern zone of the country. Visit the medicinal gardens, the museum of archaeological, ethnic and cultural pieces of the saraguros, flowering ritual and craft workshops. All together with typical meals (like the Pinzhi Mikuna) and a presentation of an Andean indigenous dance group.
Closing the experience, get lost in the streets of beautiful Cuenca, where the Spanish tradition brought the marvelous architecture and urbanism that is kept well-preserved in this gorgeous place.
Our local supplier is an organisation founded in 2005 in Cuenca, Ecuador. It is integrated by other community organisations and solidarity economy projects related to tourism, in the provinces of Cañar, Azuay and Loja in southern Ecuador.
Their work is based in 3 main objectives:
Applying the principles of responsible consuption not as a strategy of differentiation but as a mechanism to overcome the structural problems of our society.
Associativity, cooperation and self-management are the pillars for transforming the way we relate to one another. Economy is a means for personal and community development.
The organisation watches for a sustainable tourism exercise where the communities and their inhabitants access the benefits of the activity and can improve their quality of life.
Top 3 Highlights
The well preserved food traditions of Ecuador
The acentral and well-preserved culture of the local communities will be fairly represented in all meals you have. The Ecuatorian cuisine will surprise you with ingredients and flavours you have never tasted before.
You will understand how the the Andes influenced the occupation of the area and how agriculture can be respectfull with Mother Nature. We should all learn from these communities and apply the lesson back in our homes ;-)
The beautiful city of Cuenca is part of this experience. Learn how the Spanish occupation of this part of South America influenced local culture.
Visit Cuenca and the traditional Southern communities in Ecuador
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