Carlos' Sacred Valley is located in the foothills of the
Cordillera de Huacamayos between Antisana Ecological Reserve, Sumaco
Napo-Galeras National Park, and Llanganates National Park. The
community of Llaucana Cocha forms a part of the project "Huacamayo
Urcu", which promotes both the sustainable development of the Amazon's natural resources and the ancestral culture of the indigenous population.
The women at Llaucana Cocha
are very much involved in the production of ceramic and traditional
handicrafts such as jewelry made with seeds from the jungle. The pottery is decorated with a range
of petroglyphs from the area. It is often painted with mineral dyes in
tones of white, red ochre and black with fine brushes made from the
women and children. These traditions have been passed down from mother
to daughter through many generations.
Visitors are introduced to
the flora and fauna, medicinal plants, jungle foods and cuisine,
traditional hunting techniques, spirit world, legends and
"myths", as well as the present efforts to maintain a
traditional way of life and survive in a modern world. The shaman
plays an important role in bridging this gap...