Machachi Ecuador sits at 10,000 feet above sea level. It is 60
miles down the Panamerican Highway, south of Ecuador’s capital
Quito. Machachi has a population of 12,500 people. It sits in the
Andes Mountain chain and has consistent weather year-round
meaning they do not experience Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter.
All four seasons can be felt all in the same day. When the sun is
out, the weather is very warm, up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When
it is cloudy, rainy or nighttime, the weather is chilly, as low as 50
Most of the residents of this region consider themselves
Catholic but have religious beliefs, which include a mix of Catholic
and nature worship
This community has very little violent crime but petty theft is
very common. Our teams usually stay in a hostal, which is like a
bed and breakfast. It is considered a very nice place to stay by
Ecuadorian standards. The hostal houses between 2 and 3 people
in each bedroom and all have access to shared bathrooms.
Our teams do not have transportation while in Machachi and
therefore we do a lot of walking. This can be a problem at this high
elevation if our participants have any health issues.
A typical meal in Ecuador consists of a large portion of rice, a
little meat, soup, fresh fruit and fresh juice. It is not recommended
that our team members drink tap water, eat raw fruit, or use ice
while in country.
Ecuador is in our same time zone except during Daylight
Savings Time, when it is one hour behind South Carolina time.
Travel usually consists of flying from Charlotte to Miami and then
from Miami to Quito. We take a rented van from the airport in
Quito to our hostal in Machachi. Total travel time from Camden to
our hostal is approximately 12-14 hours