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Shandia Lodge, Ecuador

Location - Tena, Ecuador

Nestled in the Amazonian rainforest, a trip to the Shandia Lodge supports a local community of families. This eco-initiative in Eastern Ecuador has created jobs and livelihood opportunities for the indigenous Kichwa people while encouraging cultural preservation and protection for the wildlife.

A local non-profit called EcoCiencia worked with the community to create immersive tourist experiences such as a cycling tour and a youth led community experience. Travellers are able to learn about the traditional agricultural processes used by the community, and can also learn how to make chocolate! Thanks to the help of our local team, revenue has increased which allows them to reinvest into the community and continue to create new jobs, whilst protecting their cultural traditions.

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