Tropic Journeys in Nature - Ecuador

Tropic Journeys in Nature - Ecuador
Ecuador Ecotours

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Community tourism in Chimborazo


Nowadays community tourism is becoming a new alternative to have a real life experience. All around Ecuador there is an established network of community tourism to offer travellers the option of living more intimately together with the indigenous communities of each region and learn deeply about their lifestyle.

Last November 26, Tropic Journeys in Nature was invited to a Fam Trip in Chimborazo province, in the central highlands of Ecuador.

The initiative was arranged by Rainforest Alliance and the Corporation for Development of Community Tourism in Chimborazo (CORDTUCH).

Rainforest Alliance is an organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. They promote standards for sustainability that conserve wildlife and wildlands and ensure the well-being of workers and their communities.

CORDTUCH is formed by the work of 17 indigenous communities in Chimborazo province which have relied on community tourism as a new development opportunity.

The visit to the Lama’s cultural museum; trekking in the Lama trail; experience their authentic weaving process and the amazing practice of the traditional “hieleros del Chimborazo” (how the people of the community get ice from the volcano manually to sell it in their markets) are some of the diverse options that this region and this very committed and cosy people is encouraging.

After this FAM TRIP we realized the commitment and willingness to strive and push their project and above all could live the experience of their programmes if they promise to be very valid for an international promotion.

Our participation is important and we reinforce our support to this kind of projects; due to we strongly believe this type of tourism supports the survival of these communities and their culture. Each visit not only provides a real experience of life, but it will encourage the evolution and maintenance of the communities and their traditions.

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