From the Andes to the Amazon
Once in the village we will stay in simple but comfortable thatched huts with mosquito netting and woven bamboo mattresses. Our meals will be prepared in a beautiful traditional kitchen, where the chicha drink is made and the ever-present plantain dishes are served by mamma Isolina.
Our community service will consist of Mingas (community work parties) where we will help individual families or the community as a whole. In the past we helped with building a school and family homes, planting yucca and harvesting the gifts of the jungle. Village craftspeople will teach us how to make traditional jewelry, woven baskets and pilche (gourd) bowls.
Saying farewell to our new friends we will experience the jungle river travel as we navigate rafts loaded with bananas and yucca down the Arajuno River back to the modern world. Jungle – the wild and mysterious place have shared a few of its secrets with us.
Our stay and work in the Chiwacotcha community plays an important role in preserving these people’s native customs, their forest and arts, and gives people hope in the face of the struggle they are facing
Before and after jungle expedition the group will stay at Palugo farm. While at the farm our curriculum may include participating in daily chores, food preparation and preservation, felting, clay bowls and making healing balms. In addition we can arrange a visit to old Quito. Two weeks will fly by as one day.