Intisisa

Community visit in the mountains

Introduction

The canton of Guamote is the most traditional region in Ecuador. 95% of the population is Indigenous (while in the whole of Ecuador it is only 25%). Guamote itself has about 5,000 inhabitants, but in the mountains surrounding Guamote another 40,000 people live in small communities. On this trip we take you to visit some of these little villages and will show you some of the projects we support in the mountains.

Program

We will start the day with a visit to our own educational center Inti Sisa in Guamote. Here we have a kindergarten a sewing workshop and computer class. Visiting the educational project, we will tell you more about the history and daily functioning of it.

After that we take off for a beautiful ride by car through the mountains and explain you some more about the history of this region and the Indigenous culture and traditions. We will make a stop at the primary school (only from Monday to Friday), one of several where we teach our Aflatoun program and help out with various projects. Here the kids will tell you about the daily school life (and be ready to play some football or a pato-ganzo game). After that we will go to the house of a traditional weaver who will show you how they make their typical ponchos from the wool of their own sheep and alpaca. Finally we will visit an authentic Andean house, also called a choza to get an idea of how people live in the mountains. After that we continue our scenic drive back to Guamote. People who want, can walk back to Guamote (+/- 1.5 hours).

“During our stay we visited a local school up in the mountains and helped the children by preparing the Mother’s day presents for the next day. On the next morning we were even invited for their small ‘Mother’s day party’.” – traveler Philip from Germany

Included:
Water and snacks, contribution to the projects we visit, guide, transportation by car

What to bring:
Warm clothing, rain jacket, steady shoes