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Living in Ecuador where the Andes meet the Amazon forest

Discovering the life of a French-Ecuadorian family living in a Quechua community in the Amazon forest where the river water is still clear and the jungle eat the mountains.

by julianpAbout Me:Passionate solo traveler from France. I have been exploring South-East Asia, Africa, Europe and America for years while developing my skills and career as a freelancing data scientist and Android mobile developer. read more

South AmericaEcuador21 days / March 2022

Highs & Lows

Fruit picking season

No day was spared by the rainy season

Itinerary Overview

After visiting many countries in Central and South America, I eventually arrived in Ecuador with my brother and his girlfriend. We had this project for a very long time to visit our friend and his family living in Ecuador for now almost 20 years. They live within a Quechua community close to the city of Tena, not far from the bottom of the Andes at the beginning of the Amazon forest. My brother and his girlfriend rented a car at the beginning of the trip so we took advantage of it to visit the surrounding area together with some members of the family. At the end of the week, they continued their trip to south Ecuador while I stayed two more weeks living a local life with my friend, his family and the community. This was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful to everyone for welcoming with such warmth and teaching me so much about the local life in a Quechua community.

  • Day trip: Puerto Misahuallí
    Visiting a local community
  • 21 Nights: Tena
    Staying at a friend's place

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I hurt a little bit my knee while playing soccer

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Don't make too much plans during the rainy season as there is a risk that it would rain all day

  • Packing tips?

    Bring extra clothes as once your stuff is wet, it will hardly dry

  • Transportation Tips?

    A car is not needed, local buses bring you everywhere quickly and safely

  • Any surprises?

    The Amazon forest looks very different from what I imagined