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I had several emails back and forth with Alfonso. We had arranged for one of his folks to pick us up at our Air BNB at 9:00 am in a "small car." We had also arranged to pay for a translator. We waited and waited....More
Mr. Alfonso is very nice and honesty gentle men. When I found this one day trip to the indigen community , I emailed to him for information, he answered me all my questions in Spanish, through the google translation I understand him. And he provided...More
Mr. Alfonso was the “taita”? I am not sure of the spelling but it means, “father” or the chief of the village. He did not speak English and we had a translator. He took his time to explain what we were about to encounter for...More
This is a community of 14 families about 30 minutes from downtown Cuenca that is like a step back in time. Words cannot describe the moving and meaningful experience we had as an elder of the Canari community lovingly explained (through a translator) the philosophy...More
I utilized Arutam Ecotours to arrange the day trip to this hidden treasure of the Cañari people. Kushi Waira Cultural Center's Day Tour is a must see for travelers interested in history and the spiritual underpinnings of Ecuador. I had been ill the day before...More
We were led throughout the day by local elder Alfonso Saquipay, helped by his family. A very rustic beautiful setting in farmland and more wild hills of the area. The day was full of shared cultural knowledges of the local indigenous community which Alfonso heads....More