Experience something truly unique with the Kushi Waira indigenous peoples of Ecuador. Immerse yourself in day-to-day life by sharing, eating, dancing and learning all about the Kushi Waira traditions!
On this day-long Ecuador cross-cultural travel experience with the indigenous Kushi Waira people, dance to the music of the Kikintakina community musical group, take part in a traditional breakfast in the home of a generous and gracious local host, feel the healing properties of natural medicine and spiritual ceremonies, and more.
During your small, community organized tour of Kushi Waira, immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of Ecuador, participate in an authentic experience, engage in cross-cultural community building, and support people-focused tourism and the local economies of Ecuador’s indigenous peoples.
Your experience with the indigenous people will start at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome into the cottage of a local named Samana Wasi Kañarishungo. She’ll invite you to take part in a traditional toast with cinnamon — known locally as a symbol of welcome and friendship. In her home, you’ll enjoy typical breakfast complete with “mote pata,” “casado,” and traditional tea.
After breakfast, a local guide will lead you around the village and nearby trails, where you’ll enjoy stunning views and encounter ancestral medicinal plants. Your guide will teach you basic identification as well as the medicinal properties of each plant.
Later on, you’ll have the privilege to visit the community’s outdoor sacred temple, where Pachamama, or “Mother Earth” ceremonies take place each year. The area is considered important for its clean, healing energy derived from the medicinal plants that grow here and other spiritual factors. Upon entering the sacred space, many can immediately feel a sense of calm and healing.
After spending some time in the outdoor temple, you will walk along the local pathways to reach the Inca Trail, part of the ancient Inca road system. Here, you’ll enjoy the stunning natural colors, a sense of tranquility, and a strong connection to the pre-Spanish history of the region.
Upon return to the village, you’l experience the vibrant music and arts of the Kushi Waira community. Enjoy the eclectic, Quichua and Spanish-inspired music of the Kikintakina community musical group, and learn about important ceremonial instruments from your guide.
Later, clap along to a presentation of a traditional dance preformed by women of the community. If you’re feeling brave, you’ll have an opportunity to join in the dance!
To end your day with the people of Kushi Waire, you’ll visit a local stone mill where you can observe and participate in the preparation of local foods and flavors. Nearby, you’ll watch a demonstration of sheep wool being made into yarn.
In the late afternoon, you’ll have a chance to purchase local artesanal goods that directly impact the people of the community. At approximately 17:00 pm, you’ll leave Kushiwaira with a grateful and sincere farewell from your hosts.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.