08 Jun Loma Wasi, Cotacachi (ECU)
Only 10 minutes outside the village of Cotacachi, and 80 km. outside Quito, Loma Wasi is a B&B run by señora Mercedes and her family. Loma Wasi’s mission is to practice so-called “Experience Tourism”: sharing its ancient indigenous lifestyle and culture with its visitors.
The family belongs to the indigenous community of Tunibamba, whose members communicate in Quechua, an ancient indigenous language. At Loma Wasi, the family speaks Spanish too.
At Loma Wasi, you can learn about the “minga“: the cooperative way in which the community takes decisions about community-wide matters, such as irrigation of its farmlands.
Similarly you can learn about the importance of cuy (guinea pig) within the indigenous philosophy as a provider of strength, good vibes, and to diagnose illnesses.
Apart from the large amounts of cuy present at Loma Wasi, the many other animals running around on the property, are not only lots of fun, but also provide for milk and food.
Loma Wasi not only offers an immersion in local indigenous life and culture, but also all facilities of modern-day tourism: comfortable rooms and beds, stable wi-fi, (delicious) breakfast, and hot water showers. The view from the rooms is the stunning Imbabura volcano.