Introduction Cotacachi and Otavalo

There are approximately 100 different indigenous communities in the districts of Otavalo and Cotacachi, with most of the inhabitants belonging to the Kichua-Otavalo ethnic group. Runa Tupari Native Travel works with several of them, particularly with the four communities La Calera, Tunibamba, Morochos and Santa Barbara, where 25 different host families offer homestay accommodation to visitors.

On our tours we also visit many other indigenous communities and their attractions, for example Peguche for its waterfall and handicraft workshops, or Turuco for its ethno-botanical garden. This way the communities and their families benefit from entry fees, extra sales of the products they make, and the appreciation of their natural and cultural heritage.

Additionally, we directly work with some indigenous communities through our volunteer programs. Participating volunteers spend several weeks in an indigenous community living with a host family. While they are helping in fields like education, environment, fair trade etc., they get a unique and invaluable insight into everyday life in the indigenous communities of the region and the cultural traditions of their people.

 

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