The Kichwa-Karanki indigenous community of Magdalena is located around 9,842 ft above sea level at the slopes of the Imbabura volcano in the Ecuadorian north, near Quito. This is a most privileged location surrounded by valleys and lagoons, home to Atahualpa, the last of the Inca emperors. Immersed in a remarkably breathtaking pastoral setting, its inhabitants observe the same harmonious relationship with their environment they’ve kept for centuries, tending to their livestock, cultivating their land and enjoying the clear mountain air.
Kleintours has developed a social and community-based tourism project to help them improve their living conditions by creating jobs and promoting ethno tourism. Tourists who want to participate in their cultural traditions can lodge with them and enjoy exquisite meals prepared with the crops of the land and the sumptuous mornings of the magnetic Ecuadorian Andes.
There are five comfortable houses to receive guests, all of them having a private bathroom with cold and hot water, hairdryer, biodegradable soap and shampoo, fireplace, and board games.
Travelers can take advantage of the optional activities in the area—mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking to nearby hills, crop planting and harvesting and gastronomy lessons. They will also encounter farm animals central to the residents’ everyday life such as guinea pigs, chickens, pigs, cows, and sheep.
Complete details are provided on the Kleintours website page describing the Chaski Route–Magdalena Karanki Community.