Local People

Traditional techniques of farming, building and animal husbandry are still in use.

In the area around Black Sheep Inn, indigenous culture survives.  Traditional techniques of farming, building and animal husbandry are still in use.  Because of the terrain, virtually no machinery is used in farming the land.  Many communities speak Quichua, instead of or in addition to Spanish.  Local culture certainly adapts to the modern world (many families now have mobile phones), but traditional ways of life are still thriving in the region.

Visiting the local markets is a great way of to catch a slice of local life.  And you will inevitably pass many farms, impossible slopes of potato cultivation, grazing cows, herds of sheep and flocks of schoolkids as you hike through the countryside.

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Local Indigenous Markets

Andean tradition thrives in this area and local markets provide many opportunities to observe how people have been trading for thousands of years

Local People

Traditional techniques of farming, building and animal husbandry are still in use.

Cheese Factory – in the high paramó

Local people were unable to transport fresh milk to the larger cities, the project built a cheese factory using Swiss techniques

Iliniza Cloud Forest

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Chinalo Furniture Workshop

About two kilometers down the road from Black Sheep Inn is the community of Chinalo, where the Don Bosco Mission is located.

Canyon Plateau

A sprawling expanse of dramatic cliffs and rugged terrain, sculpted by the hands of time, offering a glimpse into Earth’s geological history and captivating the adventurous spirit within.

Rio Toachi Canyon

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Ilinizas Twin Peaks

The iconic twin peaks stand as a breathtaking geological marvel, captivating adventurers and scientists alike with their rugged beauty and unique formation.

Cotopaxi Volcano

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Laguna Quilotoa

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