Lucia, Ecuador and "chicha"!
"One of the most interesting things that this voluntary work and Ecuador have to offer is the opportunity to know the different nationalities and communities that inhabit this beautiful country. This opportunity is even greater as we are working together with the Local Development Department that deals with the relationships between these communities and the council.
Ecuador has 7 different nationalities (Kichwa, Shiwiar, Achuar, Sapara, Andwa, Waodani and Shuar). On December 4th we had the opportunity to visit Cuya Community, a Kichwa community.
After 1 hour by car, we arrived at a big hut, which was being started for tourist purposes. We were welcomed by the president of the community and immediately held with a cup of “chicha”.
That was the first time I heard about “chicha”, a homemade fermented drink made with yuca. All the women in the community made her own “chicha” and offered it to us and of course we drank it (imagine how that could have ended…) as otherwise it would have been considered as rude.
After trying to getting used to the “chicha”, we were offered lunch. We were offered with the meat that men had hunted the night before. We were told that we were going to have pork for lunch, but suddenly, when the cooker gave me my plate, I saw a very small arm very similar to a monkey´s one…he quickly changed my plate and offered me “real pork”…we will never know what we really ate…
To conclude our visit, we danced with local people and continue drinking “chicha” until we had to come back to our normal life here in Ecuador."