About us

LogoIn the 90, by initiative of the Capirona community, the communities Rio Blanco, Runa Wasi, Chuva Urku, Wasila Talag, Machakuyaku y Pacto Sumaco started to organise themselves, with, later, the addition of Sinchipura, Alukus and Limoncocha. Little by little, they built the necessary infrastructure before setting up officially the Indigenous Network of Alto Napo Communities for the Intercultural Exchange and Ecotourism (RICANCIE), based on the participation of everybody. In 2007, RICANCIE becomes the Provincial Corporation of Community Tourism in Napo. We are LEADER and PIONEER in the provision of community tourism services in the Amazon, on the national and international levels.

Today, RICANCIE is part of the national organization that represents all community initiatives in Ecuador, the Plurinational Federation of Community Tourism of Ecuador (FEPTCE).

RICANCIE was founded with the aims of protecting natural and cultural resources, improving the Kichwa families' quality of life and strenghtening their self-esteem, and promoting an alternative to intensive agriculture. We fight against the aggressive tourism that threatens the sociocultural and environmental balance. We support a self-managed development for and by the communities, giving new prospects for our children, in order to prevent them from migrating to the cities. We offer high quality community tourism services, with trained guides and staff. 

Through eco and community tourism, RICANCIE creates new job opportunities that allow to increase, equitably, the families' income, promoting social, health, education and cultural projects and organizational strengthening.

25 % of the benefits are used for the administration and maintenance of the central office:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Training for the services of food, accommodation, guiding and others
  • Community management

75 % goes to the communities:

  • Touristic infrastructure
  • Guides' and staff's incomes
  • Equipment, infrastructure and tool maintenance