Cotacachi Indigenous

Living in Ecuador:  Morochos Part II-Alpacas!

Living in Ecuador: Morochos Part II-Alpacas!

Alpacas are making a come-back in Ecuador.  Even though climate, terrain and altitudes are similar to Peru where there is an abundance of alpacas and their cousins, llamas and vicunas, Ecuador has few of these cute creatures. Years ago Gary and I visited a village near Morochos and were thrilled […]

Living in Ecuador: Morochos Part I–Self-Sustainability

Living in Ecuador: Morochos Part I–Self-Sustainability

Gary and I and two new friends, Holly and Gregory, ventured all the way out to Morochos, a village of less than 1000 people that lies about 8 kilometers from Cotacachi at an altitude of 9240 feet.  The Morochos villagers still speak mostly Kichwa. We went to check out the […]

A View From the Roof:  Divine Hand Revealed in Scholarship Fund-Raiser

A View From the Roof: Divine Hand Revealed in Scholarship Fund-Raiser

By Gary Phillips Sometimes, when things don’t work out, I fuss and stew, bemoaning my bad luck.  But most of the time, if I can just have a bit of patience, assuming the posture of an observer instead of a “harmed participant,” things have a way of sorting themselves out, […]

Cotacachi High School Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Cotacachi High School Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Last Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Gary and I arrived at the Unorcac student hall for the appreciation luncheon.  We found Paige Fisher, Peace Corp volunteer and the program’s lead supporter, anxiously waiting at the entrance. She immediately asked us if more expats were coming.  The students and parents had […]

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Straw Bale House at Kurikindi Farm

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Straw Bale House at Kurikindi Farm

Kurikindi Farm in Cotacachi, Ecuador, is owned and operated by a very innovative, creative couple who are walking the talk when it comes to living organically and sustainably. In addition to growing their own organic food, building their own thatched market hut and operating an organic vegetable market and home […]