Community Tour Guamote

Departure: Every day (but most recommendable on school days Monday to Friday)

The canton of Guamote is the most traditional region in Ecuador, as 95% of the population is Indigenous (while in the whole of Ecuador it is only 25%). Guamote itself has about 5000 inhabitants, but in the mountains surrounding Guamote another 40.000 people live in small communities. On this trip you will visit some of these little villages and you will be shown some of the community development projects that we support in the mountains.

Active
30%
Culture
100%
Nature
70%
Relax
60%
You will start the day with a visit of the educational center Inti Sisa in Guamote. Here they have a kindergarten and they teach sewing, computer and English. Every Sunday they also have a traditional Andean music course. The sewing teacher, computer teacher and English volunteer go and teach in the local community schools.

After that you will 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. You will make a stop at the primary school where English is being taught and where the kids will tell you about the daily school life (be ready to play some soccer or a pato-ganzo game). Next you will go to the house of a traditional weaver who will show you how they make their typical ponchos from the sheep and alpaca wool. At last you will visit an Indigenous family and see their authentic housing (choza) to get an idea about how people live in the mountains. Then you will continue the scenery drive back to Guamote. People who would like so, can walk back to Guamote (+/- 1,5 hour).

Included:

  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Contribution to the projects
  • Water and snacks

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes

USD $40 p.p.