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UNORCAC - Union of farm organizations of Cotacachi
In order to develop authentic and sustainable rural community tourism , it is necessary to interact directly with the indigenous communities. We want the tourist to experience a unique lifestyle as well as an expanded world vision. This encounter will allow the visitor to experience direct contact with nature, share daily life with local people and have the opportunity to learn from them. In other words, a more human style of tourism, where authenticity and nature are the foundations.
UNORCAC directly helps rural development with intercultural identity, in a balanced fashion. You will have experiences with a point of view different from any other. With this objective in mind, we offer accommodations in our rural lodges located within the communities. Here the tourist may share the indigenous culture, enjoy a new environment, experience a different lifestyle, and take pleasure in the nearness of nature and traditional living.
We also offer different kinds of excursions, that involve treks, community visits, horse-riding, (downhill) biking, Andean climbing and hikes in Intag's Cloud Forest, among many others, all of them guided by native guides.
The rural lodges are located in the indigenous communities where you will enjoy the tranquility of the country, the hospitality of your host family and the cultural authenticity of the region.
The lodges are located in four different communities spread in the foothills of the Cotacachi Volcano. Each host family keeps a home garden, a beautiful space where dozens of vegetables, fruit trees, ornamentals and medicinal plants - most of which are native to the Andes- are kept for everyday use. Your stay at the lodge affords a unique opportunity to share in everyday life including visits to the home gardens to taste and learn from your hosts about the plants and crops that they conserve, and their culinary or medicinal uses. The characteristics that define the rural lodges are cleanliness, security, and authenticity.
The opportunity to observe and share in the daily life of the Quichua host families will expand your horizons and make your visit to the communities a unique and unforgettable experience.