Ahuano is a small Quechua community located very close to Casa del Suizo lodge to the North of Napo river.
It took us a 15 minute boat ride from the lodge to the entrance of the community. The first to greet you are the local children, who offer you bracelets and figures crafted out of palm leafs in exchange for a few coins.
The guides then take you into the community, explaining their building techniques and a few general aspects of the Quechua lifestyle. They also show you the use they have for the termite nests you can easily find around the amazon, how they prepare their traditional Chicha drink, and how to shoot their blowguns. At the end you can buy a few crafts such as bracelets, necklaces and toys from the Ahuano artisans.
While this community in particular has been modernized a bit due to the influence of tourism (such as having a school and modern clothing), they still conserve their culture and traditions and are happy to share that with visitors.
Most of the people here speak only their native Quechua language, and it is through the guides of the lodge (some of whom are from this community) that you communicate with them. They also remain curious of those things they’re not familiar with, as you can see in this photo of the kids playing with Mark’s Sunking Lamp, so that’s another tip on how to break the ice with them.
Photo taken at: Ahuano, Napo, Ecuador