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Unique chance to visit the Water Protectors of Río Blanco

Río Blanco is a tiny community of farmers in el Cajas who have courageously struggled and resisted against multi-million dollar mining investments that have and are contaminating the unique biodiversity of the countryside and its water. The fact that we can drink water from the tap in Cuenca (along with coastal communities) is in part thanks to their heroic fight. Over their 20 years of resistance, they've become known in Ecuador as the Water Protectors. Coming 15-16 February, you will have the opportunity to visit and get to know the community and its stunning landscape while bearing witness to the environmental, societal, and economical impacts of mega-mining projects.

The community is launching for the first time a "Turismo Comunitario" weekend package which includes: transportation from and to Cuenca (it's a 2 hour drive), meals with local organically grown veggies, hiking, a guided tour to the gold/silver mine (with an English translator), communitarian work on a farm (to find out about agroecological methods of farming and plant-based medicine), and an overnight stay with a family.

The package costs $63.50 per person and all proceeds go to the community.

For more info and the itinerary, feel free to contact Daniel – 098 477 8383 (no WhatsApp) or via email at

Juan Jaramillo 7-35. Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, February 16

Daniel van Hulst