WHERE ARE WE?
LOCATION – PUCARÁ, COTOCACHI, IMBABURA, ECUADOR
We are located in the rural agricultural village of Pucará (population ~151), province of Imbabura which, by bus, is about 2 hours from Otavalo.
Nestled at 2081 meters in the cloud forest-swathed mountains of the western Andes, the town serves as the gateway to the sub-tropical Intag River Valley and the Alto Chocó cloud forest, one of the world’s 10 most bio-diverse ecosystems.
Pucará’s people are diverse: Indigenous and Mestizo (a mix of Indigenous and Caucasian blood lines). Although economically poor, Pucareños enjoy an ecological richness that has allowed their survival despite the lack of historic economic development. Visitors should prepare to see poverty but not abject destitution. There is little money but people eat well. You will be hard-pressed to find a warmer and more open people anywhere in the world. You will be received with open arms.
Listen here to Edwin, Maribel and Dennis sing the Gusanito: