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Unique opportunity to visit and meet Cuenca's Water Protectors

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 el Cajas and its water. The fact that we can drink water from the tap in Cuenca 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 Cuenca-Río Blanco-Río Blanco, specialized guides, meals with local organically grown veggies, hiking, a tour to the gold/silver mine (with an English translator), community work on a farm (to find out about agroecological farming methods 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 you can call 098 477 8383 (no WhatsApp) or email d_vanhulst@outlook.com

Technical info: physical difficulty: medium technical difficulty: low maximum altitude: 3,900 meters above sea level. Minimum altitude: 3,200 meters above sea level. Climate: The ecosystem which we will go through is known as "el páramo" meaning the climate is normally sunny in the mornings and cold, windy and possibly rainy in the afternoon and evening.

What to take with you: warm comfortable clothes • warm hand and headgear • hiking shoes • rain jacket • cap, sunglasses and sunscreen • water bottle • flashlight • extra clothes • personal hygiene kit

Address: Juan Jaramillo 7-35, Cuenca.

Daniel: 593 98 477 8383