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Guidebooks rave about Casa Mojanda…

Arthur Frommer ‘s South America Guide:
Casa Mojanda: Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in the middle of nowhere? Stay at Casa Mojanda and you’ll find out. The hotel is located only about 10 minutes outside of Otavalo, but the isolated 18-acre property is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and rolling green hills. The vistas are phenomenal, unspoiled by any man-made structures. The cabins are rustic chic; all of them have either tile or hardwood floors, antique dressers, small reed floor coverings, and tons of personal touches. Several have their own personal fireplaces. You can enjoy the spectacular views from the comfort of your own bed. Number 6 is great for families – it has a kitchenette, a separate living room, and separate bedrooms. The gorgeous dining area, filled with antiques and local crafts, serves as the heart of the hotel. This is where you can enjoy scenic vistas as well as divine home-cooked meals, all made with food grown in the hotel’s gardens. The English-speaking owners are charming. All in all, this is one of my favorite hotels in all of Ecuador.

Also from Arthur Frommer’s South America Guide:
WHERE TO DINE
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The food at Casa Mojanda is outstanding. The menu is mainly vegetarian, but they occasionally offer a fish dish. All the food served here is fresh from the hotel’s garden, and that freshness makes all the difference in the world. I’ve had some of my finest meals in Ecuador here. As an added bonus, the dining room is nestled into the side mountain; the views are phenomenal. The hotel is located about 10 minutes outside of Otavalo on the road to Mojanda (a taxi should cost about $3).

The Ecuador and Galapagos Guide, Open Roads Publishing:
The extraordinary cut of the windows is the greatest homage to the mesmerizing views from the Casa Mojanda. Whether you are in the eucalyptus- finished dining room, the upstairs game room, of any of the cabins, your eyes constantly drift to the vista. The hotel is surrounded on three sides by verdant folds of terrain, much of which the local farmers have tilled, against the mighty force of gravity, into a rich, undulating checkerboard of green and earthen squares. If the windows aren’t enough for you, simply slip down to the Japanese hot tub perched on the hillside to broaden the spectacular panorama.

The Casa Mojanda is an ecotourism concern that seeks to exert minimum impact on the environment, while actively promoting local cultures and traditions. The amazing and inspiring accomplishment is that the objective is met while maintaining and extraordinary level of quality and comfort.

The architectural method used to design the main house and cabins is known as rammed-earth. It is comparable to adobe in function, but the process is distinct. A framework of wood is filled with loose dirt, packed down solid; then the wooden frame is removed. Windows are cut out rather than built around. The cabin interiors are ample and homey, finished in eucalyptus, which is grown commercially in the area. Local weavers handcraft the eye-catching wool bedspreads. Most of the furniture is either handmade or antique cedar.

While the comfort and view from your room might seem too perfect to leave, there is a compelling reason to do so, both on and off the property. The cedar shelves of the library are stocked with an excellent selection of books for guests to borrow. The game room draws guests in after their active days either to relax with a movie or to challenge each other in a board game. Vegetarian meals are served in the dining room by the flickering light of the fireplace. Much of the produce comes directly from the organic garden in the back yard.

You’ll find enough walks and hikes throughout the countryside to keep yourself busy for several days. There are crater lakes in the area, as well as Otavalo’s handcraft market. A small rodeo corral was built to help beginning equestrians learn before galloping off into the hills.

The Lonely Planet
Casa Mojanda is a family run country hotel and organic farm about 4 Km south of Otavalo on the road to Lagunas de Mojanda. The setting is lovely. The Ecuadorian and American owners speak perfect English and are enthusiastic about their projects, which include low-impact tourism to benefit education, and cultural and health awareness in local indigenous communities. Visits to projects can be arranged. A useful library is on the premises. Casa Mojanda is built using rammed-earth construction, and various rooms are available. … Rental of mountain bikes, kayak and horses can be arranged with advance notice.

The Traveler’s Ecuador Companion, The Globe Pequot Press

Describing itself as an ecological inn and farm, Casa Mojanda is set on 10 hectares of Andean farmland overlooking the mountains of Imbabura and Cotacachi near Otavalo. Visitors are unanimous in their praise of its magical views, friendly welcome, beautiful accommodation and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine made from homegrown produce. … Owners Betti Sachs and Diego Falconí arrange excellent village tours, horseback riding trips, and hikes to the lakes.

Ecuador and Galapagos Handbook, Footprints Guide:
Casa Mojanda: Beautiful setting on a mountainside…healthy cooking, cozy, comfortable, quiet, library, horse riding, mountain bikes. Highly recommended.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
The Ulysses Travel Guide, by Alain Legault

Isolated on the slopes of the Andes, accessible by a rough road eight kilometers before Lagunas de Mojanda, the hotel Casa Mojanda is a veritable little mountain paradise (…) The rooms are all bright and equipped with antique furniture, and offer an altogether incredible view of the mountains. Some of the rooms have fireplaces in which logs crackle softly and flames dance from the hearth. There is a playroom for the entertainment of children and the peace of mind of the parents, where videos may also be viewed. Six horses are available on hire for outings in the region. …In addition the hotel possesses an excellent restaurant which prepares strictly vegetarian meals according to the inspiration of the day. … The dining room is decorated with a fireplace, and the view of the nearby landscape is superb. Weather permitting, guests may see the Volcano Cotacachi. (…)”

The New Key to Ecuador and the Galapagos
by David Pearson and David Middleton

A place that allows easy access to both Otavalo and the surrounding side is Casa Mojanda (Apartado 160, Otavalo, private bath, hot water, fireplaces restaurant with breakfast and dinner included in the price, horseback and mountain-bike riding…) Located 3.5 kilometers from Otavalo on the road to the Mojanda Lakes, Casa Mojanda is like staying at a very pleasant country inn. There are eight adobe cottages, a Spanish and English library, beautiful gardens and live traditional Andean music almost every night. For nature lovers, this is the best place to stay in the Otavalo area because it is near the Mojanda Lakes and its undisturbed páramo and a protected cloud forest called Cushmirumi. Both spots are within mountain biking distance. Casa Mojanda can also arrange trips to local villages and longer trips into the mountains, as well as classes in Andean music, organic gardening and Spanish and Quechua languages.”

Reviews:


IN ECUADOR’S CLOUD FOREST (Inns and Retreats Magazine)

by Dorothy Askamit

At 9500 feet, Casa Mojanda seems to float in an ethereal atmosphere where the line between real and imagined blurs. It’s a destination for those seeking the quiet center of the world, where the best activity is watching voluminous clouds play hide and seek with the mountains.

Diego Falconi picked me up in Otavalo, 25 miles north of Quito in the Ecuadorian highlands. As we bumped along the three-mile road to Casa Mojanda, he told me how he, an Ecuadorian, his American wife Betti, and their two daughters moved from New York City to this Andean paradise about two years ago.

The logistics were daunting he said, but they were sustained by their dream of creating an environmentally friendly inn. Together with Quito architect Manuel Perez, they built Casa Mojanda from scratch, using rammed earth, wood and other natural materials.

At 9,500 feet we came to Case Mojanda, a collection of tile-roofed whitewashed cabins perched on the edge of a gorge overlooking the sacred mountains of Imbabura and Cotacachi. Below the cabins in a breathtaking setting was a small circular amphitheatre, the perfect stage for amateur productions.

Betti met me in the main house where Maya, 12, practiced the piano and Sofie, 6, practiced her karate chops. A few painting and ceramics by local artist decorated the house, but the scene-stealer was the mountains, viewed through wall-sized arched windows. The adjacent country kitchen is the Falconis’ pride and joy with plenty of tile and a commercial gas range.

Upstairs is a video room and a separate cabin has a well-stocked library with a computer for guest use.

Cabins are simply furnished with handmade cedar pieces designed by the Falconis and decorated with local art. Some have fireplaces and all have private baths with showers, and patios for mountain viewing.

I was traveling solo, and the Falconis took me under their wing. I was just staying one night, so couldn’t take advantage of the many recreational possibilities, but Betti graciously drove me 10 miles up the winding road to the Mojanda Lakes area. Along the way she told me of the day hikes, horse treks, kayaking, overnight biking trips, bird and orchid expeditions, visits to local Indian villages, and, of course, free transportation to the Saturday market in Otavalo. With advance notice, they can also arrange classes in Spanish, Quechua, weaving, Andean music, cooking and gardening.

We reached the first lake at dusk, and the spinning world stopped. It was still and silent, as billowy dove-grey clouds collapsed like giant hot-air balloons on the surrounding peaks. I hated to leave but darkness was falling fast. My stay at Casa Mojanda was brief – just enough time to make me long to return.

ANDES INN GOOD FOR GUESTS, VILLAGERS (Charlotte Observer)
By Rebecca Allen Kuhn, Staff Writer

On a mountainside 9,500 feet up in the Andes, a woman from Brooklyn and her Ecuadorian husband are building their dream.

Betti Sachs and Diego Falconi met in 1985 in Quito, Ecuador, and a year later settled in her hometown of New York, she a Legal Aid lawyer, he a translator and editor.

Over the next fourteen years Casa Mojanda was conceived. They would build an inn in the Ecuadorian Andes, pretty enough to attract international visitors, and use part of the proceeds to improve the living conditions and preserve the ecology of this beautiful, but very poor area.

They found the land, 25 acres, on a visit to Falconi’s family in 1991. Construction began two years later.

Gradually the guest cottages, built the old-fashioned way with rammed earth and red clay tiles, spread across the hillside. Sachs and Falconi took turns traveling to Ecuador for a few weeks at a time to supervise.

In 1995 the family moved in, then spent a year finishing construction details, decorating, landscaping, and launching the farm and garden.

Today guests are welcomed to a family home, complete with the couple’s two daughters, dogs, cats, llamas, rabbits, horses – even a resident grandmother (Betti’s mother). The guest adobe cottages, painted traditional white, have tile floors and are decorated with Ecuadorian handcrafts and artworks. Each has a grassy terrace overlooking the mountains. Water in the modern bathrooms has been chlorinated and is safe for tooth-brushing – a luxury in Ecuador. Flowers bloom all year-round on the walks.

In the kitchen, Nancy Elder of Durango Colorado, and her indigenous helpers prepare delicious meals using a variety of local fruits and vegetables, many of them grown at Casa Mojanda. The meals are mostly, but not rigidly, vegetarian – a treat for the foreign visitor, since fresh produce, even in many restaurants, is chancey for American digestive systems.

Only three miles down the hill is Otavalo, a market town well known for its Saturday crafts market. The indigenous people for miles around make their living with these sales, so you can buy and feel good about it. Textiles, ceramics, baskets, jewelry, panama hats, woodworking . . . It’s a shopper’s paradise.

A few miles further on is Cotacachi, the leather town. The main street is lined with shops offering locally made jackets, handbags, briefcases, luggage etc. Excellent quality and inexpensive by American standards.

Or guests can just enjoy the Andes Hiking, fishing in one of the several nearby lakes, horseback riding on the hills. (Casa Mojanda can supply horses).

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The Boston Sunday Globe

From: Ecuador: not for glamour seekers
You’ll find no glitz – just a colorful intriguing culture

“Less than 3 miles outside of Otavalo, off the bumpy cobblestone that leads to the Mojanda Lakes, is Casa Mojanda. An ecologically oriented inn opened in early 1996, Casa Mojanda was a highlight of my visit to Ecuador.

Looking out at the often cloud-covered Cotacachi volcano and one of the last High Andean cloud forests, the Cushmirumi, I found the view from Casa Mojanda breathtaking.

Owned by Betti Sachs, a former Legal Aid Society lawyer and her Ecuadorian husband, Diego Falconí, Casa Mojanda draws guests who typically travel off the beaten path. About half the guests so far have been New Englanders. The adobe cottages are furnished with Ecuadorian antiques and handmade cedar pieces designed by Diego and Betti. Woolen blankets with Andean motifs, locally made weavings and baskets, views of Cotacachi (and sometimes their four llamas as well) combine to complement the rooms. It gets cold here at night. Some rooms have fireplaces. Casa Mojanda’s Spanish-English library contains guidebooks and a computer.”

From International Living
Unwind in the Andes

“About three miles from Otavalo, in the Andes sits Casa Mojanda, a mountain lodge finished last June. You can stay in a private adobe cottage with wall-sized glass windows overlooking volcanoes often capped with snow. It’s quiet and cool, run by friendly English speakers, a woman from Brooklyn, her Ecuadorian husband and local workers.

Enjoy a library full of English and Spanish books, a video collection, and home-cooked meals served at a huge dining table. For dinner, we had an Indian meal, chickpeas with curry sauce and a mild salsa, cucumbers in yogurt sauce, homemade soup, and a cup of fresh fruit for dessert. For breakfast, we had pancakes made with wheat grown on the farm out back. Cover them with fresh mora (berry) sauce instead of syrup.

There’s a lot to do here, but if you like you can just grab a book from the library and enjoy the quiet, fresh mountain air. We went horseback riding on mountain trails which included part of the Inca trail. You can also rent bikes, take self-guided hikes to nearby lakes and waterfalls, or try Sunday morning salsa classes. If you take your kids, Maya, the very grown up twelve year old daughter, will baby-sit.

Contact Betti Sachs or Diego Falconi, Casa Mojanda, Apto 160, Otavalo, Ecuador; Tel (593-6) 299-1010 or (593-9) 973-1737. Call at least a few days in advance. Dinner and breakfast are included in room prices.”

From International Travel News

“Equally impressive [as an eight day cruise to the Galapagos] was a ten day stay at the newly built Casa Mojanda, located three miles out of Otavalo, Ecuador, a breathtaking setting at 9,500 feet in the northern Andean highlands, 25 miles north of Quito.

Friendly and knowledgeable owners Betti Sachs and Diego Falconi offer superb accommodations in seven private cottages and a twelve-person dormitory. Cottages include breakfast and dinner. Menus feature traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. Food is locally grown.”

From The Educated Traveler

“Fortunately resorts where nature is an equal, if not principal, partner in recreation are on the rise. One of these is Casa Mojanda, an ecologically oriented inn and family farm located three miles from the town of Otavalo, in the Andes of Northern Ecuador. It is owned and operated by Diego, a native of the country, and Betti, a New Yorker. On twenty acres of farmland and forested gorge, Betti and Diego cater to specialized travel groups seeking beautiful and exotic natural surroundings. You can choose to stay in dormitory style or in individual cottages with private bath, garden and terrace and standard spectacular mountain views. Casa Mojanda is an ideal base camp for mountain climbing, biking, photography, botanical and bird watching expeditions. You may also choose to go on a day hike or out riding on their gentle horses or take a tour to a local village. Or you may want to curl up in front of the fireplace with a book in Spanish or English from the inn’s well-selected library. Classes in Spanish, Quechua, weaving, lake kayaking, Andean music, cooking, natural architecture and organic farming are planned for the near future. Children are welcome.”

Transitions Abroad Magazine (June l998)

Groups:

Groups are welcome!

Casa Mojanda is a comfortable and unique destination for small or large families, groups of friends vacationing together, student travel groups, as well as for small conferences and retreats.

We enjoy designing one and two-week programs, oriented toward both student and adult special interest travel groups. The itinerary for each group is customized according to the particular interests and abilities of its members. Most Casa Mojanda groups prefer to strike their own balance in choosing among the many and varied attractions of Casa Mojanda and our region.

Special group rates include reliable transfers from (and back to) Quito or its airport, all local transportation, two or three meal plans, use of our Japanese style hot tub and all facilities. According to your interests we will plan such activities as hiking, horseback riding, lake kayaking, mountain biking, and a wide variety of local tours. We can customize group itineraries to also include birding climbing, photography, rafting, cooking, gardening, shamanism, herbal healing, yoga and meditation. If desired, groups may even choose to devote some portion of their stay to volunteer activities.

Group Leaders Write:

  • You have provided a most gracious and kind stay here at Casa Mojanda! As my nephew said – we almost decided to skip Machu Picchu because we didn’t want to leave this heavenly place. – Mary Bennett and Kalleen Mortenson,
    and group of eleven friends and family, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Never have I been in a location so beautiful. What a wonderful host and hostess you have been. I feel as if I have shared time with the people and the land. And the food! It’s time to relearn how to cook. Thank you for everything. – Dr. Gerard Howell, Lexington, Kentucky
  • We so enjoyed our sojourn with you. Wonderful…good conversation, breathtaking sights. Thank you for a wonderful experience. – Karen and Sheila Kiscaden, Global Volunteers
  • Once again, a fabulous week in Otavalo. It was good to see some new sights like Chota, Salinas, Ibarra and Cotacachi but it’s really wonderful to return to that generous Casa Mojanda hospitality. I’m so glad that my whole family came along this time. Hasta la proxima vez! Mil gracias. – Gabrielle Keller, Little Red Schoolhouse/ Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York, New York
  • Thank you for inviting our group to share in your dream. The people of the community are just as beautiful as the spectacular Andean vistas, wildflowers and star-filled skies. – Dr. Tim Scott, Lexington Kentucky
  • Turismo con ganas de ayudar
    El Universo, la revista del domingo
  • Diego Falconí y su esposa Betty Sachs llegaron a Mojanda a abrir una hostería y terminaron creando un espacio para el voluntariado y la ayuda social que contribuye al sustento de una comunidad.
  • Texto: Trístana Sentos
    Fotos: P. C.
  • Cuando vivían en Nueva York solían bromear diciendo que algún día dejarían la vida de la cuidad y se retirarían a la tranquilidad de una montaña, quizá para administrar su propio hostal. Para Betty Sachs y Diego Falconí la broma se fue tornando en un proyecto; construirían una hostería pequeña, donde la atención fuera personal y los huéspedes se sintieran en casa de amigos.
  • Lo harían de preferencia en Imbabura, la provincia que recorrieron juntos cuando ella llegó como turista buscando una tal “Diega Falcini”, el nombre que un amigo le había escrito en un papel recomendándole que buscara a esa persona para que la guíe. Pero era Diego Falconí, y ahora ríen recordando esa historia sentados en el comedor de madera y amplios ventanales de su hostería Casa Mojanda.
  • Cuando se casaron, elle ejercía como abogada y él tenía un negocio de traducción y edición de libros de texto en Brooklyn. Allá nacieron sus dos hijas, Maya (15) y Sofía (10). Por quince años planearon el escape de regreso a Ecuador.
  • “No queríamos tener un hotel regular, sino una casa donde la gente encontrará un ambiente familiar. Durante nuestros viajes siempre me molestaron los hostales que por más lindos que sean, uno llega y nadie le presta atención”, dice Diego.
  • Casa Mojanda está muy cerca de Otavalo (una hora y media de Quito) y a 10 minutos de las lagunas del mismo nombre. Las cabañas se levantan sobre una loma de potreros verdes donde pastan caballos y llamas. Diego dice que para los indígenas es un lugar protegido, rodeado de montañas sagradas, el Imbabura, Cotacachi y Mojanda.
  • La construcción principal semeja una casona antigua de hacienda con altos tumbados, donde los huéspedes comen juntos y se cuentan las historias del día junto a la chimenea. Este hostal fue construidos a la antigua, con adobe y madera, y con criterio ecológico. El agua utilizada se reaprovecha en el huerto orgánico donde se cultivan las legumbres para el menú vegetariano.
  • Tiene capacidad para 25 visitantes, quienes casi siempre llegan atraídos por la cultura indígena de la provincia y el turismo de aventura.
  • Mas que una hostería
  • Afuera la llovizna de la mañana se va dejando vencer por un tibio resplandor. Alrededor de unas tazas de café y una torta de piña, Betty y Diego comienzan a contar cómo fue que su hostería devino en algo que influye en el desarrollo de toda la comunidad de Mojanda.
  • “Ya habíamos comenzado a construir y recibimos una carta del presidente de la comunidad solicitando asistencia, pues habían construido una casita con la intención de convertirla en un centro de salud, pero no tenían equipos ni modo de financiarla. Empezamos a pedir ayuda entre conocidos y la gente respondió con donaciones, pero aún no había médicos ni la posibilidad de abrirlo”, relata Diego.
  • Los Falconí continuaron buscando médicos para sustentar el centro de salud, y los encontraron precisamente en sus huéspedes. “Contactamos a un grupo de médicos de Kentucky que se interesaron en hacer viajes de misión voluntaria. En 1997 trajeron los equipos y medicinas necesarias y se inauguró el centro que atiende a Mojanda y comunidades adyacentes.”
  • Un medico general, un dentista y una pediatra voluntarios prestan sus servicios varias veces por semana. Lo siguiente es conseguir un medico naturista y una partera. “Este es una cantón donde la mayoría es indígena. La gente demanda un enfoque a la salud que tenga reilación con sus tradiciones”, indica Diego.
  • Con ese primer éxito el interés por la ayuda social creció mucho. Betty comenta que la mayoría de turistas que llega a Casa Mojanda “busca estar en contacto con la gente, con la cultura. Tiene un interés profundo por la situación socioeconómica del país. No quiere simplemente una piscina y un bar”.
  • Esta pareja encontró, sin proponérselo, la forma de satisfacer un deseo de los visitantes que no es considerado por las empresas turísticas: el de ayudar. “Los huéspedes venían y espontáneamente nos preguntaban sobre nuestro trabajo social. Muchos son profesionales con careras exitosas que quieren usar sus vacaciones para colaborar en algo, algunos son jubilados con mucho tiempo libre y ganas de ayudar”.
  • Autogestión
  • Las hostería se ha convertido en el centro de operaciones de fundación Casa Mojanda, que brinda respaldo logístico a voluntarios independientes y el Cuerpo de Paz de Estados Unidos que llegar al lugar. Más de 35 médicos, enfermeras y otros profesionales han acudido a ayudar a la comunidad desde hace cinco años.
  • La fundación Guaguacuna de España se unió a la campaña hace año y medio con un programa de desayuno y almuerzo escolar y la construcción de una casa donde funcionará una guardería.
  • Hasta el momento los Falconí han conseguido más de US$ 40 mil, que han sido invertidos en el centro de salud, un jardín de infantes que tuvieron que financiar cuando el estatal cerró por falta de recursos, un huerto comunitario, y su apoyo a las actividades de la Asociación de Protección y Medio Ambiente Pacha Mama, que presta servicios de seguridad, limpieza y protección en las lagunas de Mojanda. Pero siempre bajo una premisa: toda ayuda debe enfocarse al autosustento.
  • “Cuando se entregó el centro de salud, se lo hizo bajo el fundamento de que sea la comunidad la que lo administre y se promovió la formación de una Junta de Salud. Es uno de los pocos casos de autogestión en el país, en el que no se depende del Ministerio de Salud ni para la provisión de medicinas ni para la atención profesional”, relata Diego Falconí.
  • Por si mismos
  • Aunque Casa Mojanda aún ayuda al centro, se espera que a corto plazo este se financie completamente por medio de un sistema de seguros. Los miembros de la comunidad se afilian pagando un dólar al mes y a cambio tienen la atención de los médicos, y obtienen las medicinas a precios muy bajos. Con 600 afiliados el centro tendrá un fondo para cubrir costos básicos.
  • Diego es muy claro al afirmar que “si un proyecto comunitario no es autosustentable no vale la pena, porque si tienen ayuda externa todo el tiempo la gente tiende a tornar una actitud de esperar a que las cosas mejoren sin poner de su parte. Hay una experiencia negativa de las organizaciones internacionales que durante los setenta y ochenta vinieron a hacer verdaderas duchas de dinero en proyectos comunitarios, pero cuando se van, los pueblos no saben qué hacer”.
  • Para sustentar el programa de nutrición escolar propusieron la creación del huerto que produce hortalizas para los niños y hierbas medicinales para el médico naturista. Además están organizando una biblioteca con todo el material que les han donado y trabajan con los jóvenes de la comunidad en los programas de conservación ambiental para impulsar el turismo.
  • “Hay muchos chicos que se quieren quedar aquí, no quieren ir a buscar trabajos a las ciudades, el objetivo es que la gente del campo pueda quedarse en su ambiente con un poquito de cambio y desarrollo”, dice Betty.
  • Voluntarios
  • Además de lo gratificante de su labor, lo más interesante para Betty es estar en contacto con una serie de personajes interesantes que llegan a su hostería a colaborar. Como un grupo de la Universidad de Princeton que realizó un proyecto de reforestación en Mojanda, o los miembros de una iglesia que dedicaron sus vacaciones al voluntariado.
  • “A veces vienen científicos y doctores, entonces tenemos una idea de lo que está pasando en el mundo. Hay mucho entusiasmo por compartir y hacer algo para la comunidad”, asegura mientras recorre el jardín de infantes que creó la fundación.
  • Los niños allí aprenden jugando con materiales donados por una escuela en Suiza y la profesora, nativa de Mojanda, se fue a especializar allá en educación de párvulos gracias a una invitación realizada justamente por una huésped que llegó a la hostería.
  • Para ser voluntario se requiere un compromiso estable de por lo menos seis meses, pues todos pasan por un periodo en el cual se adaptan al ritmo andino con el que se desenvuelven las cosas. “Aquí en el campo todo marcha despacio”, dice Betty riendo.
  • Ahora los Falconí pasa más tiempo en Quito por la educación de sus hijas, que durante años aprendieron con tutores, pero siguen supervisando los proyectos y esperan que pronto marchen solos.
  • Cuando se les pregunta sobre sus planes futuros, la reacción es instantánea: “hay tanto que queremos hacer! Mientras más haces te das cuenta de lo mucho que falta”, dice Diego. Pero un plan en concreto es atender a la solicitud de varios extranjeros jubilados que quieren radicarse en Mojanda para dedicarse al trabajo voluntario. “Queremos lograr una pequeña comunidad de voluntarios que apoye constantemente los proyectos”.
  • Mientras ese y otros tantos planes se desarrollan, Betty y Diego pueden estar satisfechos de haber convertido en realidad esa broma de vivir en las montañas, mientras ayudan a muchos en su camino.
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