Cotacachi

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 […]

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Retired Couple Adopts Dolly Llama

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Retired Couple Adopts Dolly Llama

In tracking down the rumor that the Dalai Lama was living in Cotacachi, a very reliable source told me that the venerable one was living in the home of a retired couple in Tierra Firme, a residential development.  The minute Gary and I heard this tidbit of news, we jumped […]

by September 5, 2012 4 comments Cotacachi, Cotacachi, Retirement in Ecuador
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, […]

Dalai Lama Said to Be in Residence in Cotacachi

Rumors and small towns seem to go together and Cotacachi is no exception.  Whether it’s expats telling tales about other expats, jealous indigenous trying to get their rivals in trouble or the locals delighting in spreading stories about the goings-on of the gringo-locos, the energy is all the same. However, […]

by August 28, 2012 3 comments Cotacachi, Cotacachi, Living in Ecuador