Sinchi Warmi

The Oriente

Founded, built and run by a group of Kichwa women, this community center introduces visitors to their culture through activities such as jungle walks, traditional dance performances and chocolate-making demonstrations. Enjoy Kichwa cuisine (meals $3 to $10) and consider staying here (cabañas per person from $15); your money goes toward supporting these women with sustainable work that allows them to continue a traditional lifestyle.

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