Clean, safe and friendly lodging included in your program fees
Riobamba is a quaint, friendly city of about 250,000 inhabitants, where the colonial and indigenous flavors have not completely given way to western culture. Participants may stay with families in homestays, The Pukara Tambo Cultural Center, The Rincón Aleman Bed and Breakfast, or at the Fundacion Duchicela's house in Cacha-Machangara. All our sites have been carefully selected for their cleanliness, safety, and friendly disposition. All of our lodging options have potable, hot water, electricity, an extremely clean kitchen, and a very safe, non-smoking environment.
All of our families have been hosting Cachamsi participants for many years, and understand both our program's mission and the needs of our participants. They encourage the participants to speak Spanish and include them in their daily family customs. All family stays are located within Riobamba and are within walking distance or a short bus ride to Hospital Andino and Hospital del Seguro. Family stays have private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms. They all offer three meals a day seven days a week and free laundry. Family stays do not have shared bedrooms, however, two or three participants may stay in one family home at the same time. Family stays are assigned on a first come first served basis. All host families are non-smoking households.
All families are similar in that they are friendly, safe, and love having guests stay in their home. In return, participants must be respectful and courteous to their family's individual customs including curfews (usually only an issue when there is a very young child or infant in the household). Telephone use and long distance charges are not included in the fee, so participants must discuss with host families about landline phone use and how any charges will be reimbursed. In a nutshell, we expect participants to use common sense, i.e. don't return home at 3:30 in the morning excessively drunk. We recommend family stays simply because past Cachamsi participants have enjoyed them the most. Participants are usually amazed by how much their Spanish has improved by the end of their stay.
Pucara Tambo is a religious and cultural center located a short walk from the community of Cacha-Machangara. It is used for the indigenious Inti Raymi celebrations, community meetings, educational seminars, and lodging for local and foreign guests. Aside from offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Chimborazo, Pucará Tambo facilities offer private baths, storing closets, hot water, internet availability, laundry services and three meals per day.
The Pucara Tambo fee is for a single accommodation. Students may wish to share cabins voluntarily. Typically friends ask to share a cabin. There is no change in fees if participants decide to share.
One bedroom / One private bathroom
All meals included
Laundry included – once a week a laundering service will take care of your clothes
Wifi access available in Pucara Tambo restaurant/study center
Secure, closed neighborhood, located within Pucara Tambo tourist and cultural center.
The Pucara tambo team will function similar to a host family
CASA LUIS FELIPE DUCHICELA
The stay at the Luis Felipe Duchicela's (brother of program board member Jorge Duchicela) house in Cacha-Machangara is very special. Cacha is twenty minutes by car from Riobamba, and is the same community that Pucara Tambo is located in. The house is located more specifically in the village of Machangara where the the county's government offices operate. The Ministry of Health's Subcentro de Salud is also located here. The house has all the modern amenities. It has potable, hot, running water. It does not have WiFi, so those looking for a consistent internet in this lodging situation will need to purchase a SIM card from a local provider. The house is clean and very safe. It has a spectacular view of the Chimborazo. The housekeeper, Clarita, stays there during the weekdays. She will cook three meals per day. On weekends the guests will make their own meals. Cacha is a rural county with twenty-one communities of indigenous inhabitants. They all speak Kichua and the majority of them also speak Spanish. Your night life will be very quiet in Cacha-Machangara. Please be aware that Cachamsi provides daily transportation on weekdays from Riobamba to Cacha. However if you want to go to Riobamba on your own, the taxi fare will cost $8.00 from Cacha-Machangara. The walk from Cacha to Riobamba, going downhill, may take at least two hours.
The stay at the Foundation's house in Cacha-Machangara would be for a participant who is looking for a nearly complete immersion with the indigenous community and who feels very comfortable with the Spanish language. All Cachamsi Lodging options are non-smoking housing.
The Rincon Aleman bed and breakfast is owned by Elena Torres. This bed and breakfast is located in a quiet and safe part of Riobamba. It offers a clean and professional environment. The bed and breakfast gives you the feel of an upscale establishment, however it is very affordable. Elena has great contacts with tourist guides and operators. A breakfast is included in your fee, and participants are responsible for all other meals. Laundry and phone access are available but must be purchased separately. Each room has cable tv, a phone, wifi, and a private bathroom. However, bathroom access may be shared if room is shared.
Participants usually have more freedom to come and go as they please (there is no set curfew, per say), but a bus or taxi is needed to reach the center of town. Taxi fare is about $2.50-3.00 each way. Bus fair is about 30 cents.