Day Trip to Oña, Azuay!

idiomART is pleased to announce our 3rd Road Trip…this time to Oña, Azuay!

Oña is the first Spanish settlement in Ecuador and is located is the southernmost part of the province. It is rich with history and natural beauty.

We will start the day off with a guided tour of historic barrio San Francisco and the La Bella de Paris museum, guided by cultural heritage experts Lourdes Abad and Daniela Samaniego who will explain the traditional architecture and history of the area. We will enjoy a delicious lunch in a renovated adobe home then we’ll finish off the day by learning how to make paint using different colors of soil then we will get to paint something on an earthen canvas!

This trip is a full day of fun and will require some walking on uneven surfaces along the cobblestone streets of Barrio San Francisco.

5% of the cost of this road trip will go directly to the La Comuna Marcos Perez Nature Preserve in Oña, which is the largest privately owned nature preserve in Ecuador. 45 families from Oña purchased the land together for the sole purpose of conservation due to its biodiversity as well as endemic species of plants and animals. It is an important part of the Andean bio-corridor that needs to be conserved to ensure a healthy future for our planet.

This road trip is organized by:

– idiomART (a creative center and art gallery in Cuenca)

– CCC Spanish (idiomART’s language program that focuses on conversation, culture and context as its teaching methodology)

– Centerline (a local co-op dedicated to designing and implementing systems that promote sustainability and balance the needs of nature and humans. Centerline has been hired by the Nature Preserve to help with their conservation efforts and to promote eco-tourism)

This tour is in Spanish, however, we do have bilingual people who can help clear up confusion when necessary.

To sign up, please contact us right away as there are limited seats on the bus:

Sunday, May 22, 9 AM – early evening, $60 (includes transportation, food, guides, materials for painting), Presidente Cordova 1-77 y Miguel Estrella, Cuenca.

Sarah HB

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