- Encounters with locals
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
I have great memories of the indigenous community of Chilcapamba. Just before this, as part of my trip to Ecuador, I spent a month in a Quechua community in the Amazon rainforest and it was very interesting to stay in another ethno-tourism village , this time in the mountains but just as authentic.
At Chilcapamba I stayed with my guide's friend, Alfonso, and his wife Consuelo. We had dinner with them and went for a walk around the village. They showed us their farm and especially their adorable "cuys", the famous Andes guinea-pigs that the people of Ecuador enjoy eating at festival times.
Chilcapamba only has a nursery and a community hall, so the two boys in the family go to school in a neighbouring village. As for the parents, they live mostly on the income from rearing guinea-pits but they also grow maize and quinoa and do some weaving. And to help us sleep, they told us some of the legends of Ecuador.