the town of Baños, where the Amazon and the
highlands Sierra meet, the air is tinged with a tropical humidity
several hundred miles from the Pacific Ocean. The nearby Amazon
forest is present in this corridor, constantly breathing and
infusing the village with life-giving air.
and cyclists base their journeys into the forest here. And
it's not uncommon to find indigenous people who have made
their own journeys, by foot, canoe and light aircraft into
the land of the mestizo.
Pusanga Travel Agency and Artist's Store is run by Clara Flor
(Sisa) Cuji de Councell, who runs the business with her husband
Bryon Councell and family. Pusanga offers a clear linkage
among tourism, the environment and artesania.
agency offers interactive cultural tours which introduce travelers
to the daily life of the Quichua and Shuar. It is a unique
information center and gathering place for those interested
in gaining a greater understanding of what is going on in
Bryon Councell: "Our goal is to give people an opportunity
to participate in daily activities. This includes extensive
explinations of how we raise plants, garden and build canoes
has to be a way to preserve traditions as well as the forests,"
said Pusanga member Elena Montefierro.
are used for religious ceremonies as well as for cooking.
Only women make the exquisite objects because the soils are
high in salt peter.
peter makes men dysfunctional," said Clara Cuji, who added
that men are charged with making baskets and spears.
more information on this group, contact them directly: Clara
Flor (Sisa) Cuji de Councell of the Pusanga Travel Agency,
located at the corner of Thomas Halflants and Luiz A. Martinez
streets, in Baños Ecuador (593) 3 741-524 or Bryon
Councell in the United States at (863) 675-4774; Email: Pusanga@lycos.com