EDUCATIONAL TOURISM

POLYLEPIS LODGE

Together with San Luis Association, of the last 12 hectares of this spectacular primary, millennial forest of Polylepis (paper tree) that exists in the world. In addition, in this site there is another unique specie in the world, the FRAILEJON (espeletia Pycnophylla), proper and exclusive of El Angel Ecological Reserve.

It is also the winner of the “PREFERRED LODGING IN THE COUNTRY” award, granted by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador. Winner of the international prize “LUXURY TRAVEL AWARD” granted by the most important international magazine of the tourism industry worldwide Environmental responsibility certifications such as Smart Voyager. Global awards for the conservation of the wasteland and wetlands among other awards, give an example of the project quality, the same that in the last quarter of 2016 has launched its new research and development area “POLYLEPISLAB” which is an avant-garde and pioneer space in Latin America for the development of studies and research applied to nature and bio trends, seeing nature as an important source of information to improve the life quality of people.

Its path has focused to the teaching, conservation and dissemination of the benefits of the moors and Andean wetlands. By educating new generations about the importance of these natural sanctuaries, we are guaranteeing the conservation and care of our water sources, the same ones that have served as true living museums for the education and awareness of each visitor.

230 of the most prestigious educational establishments in the country have made massive tour of observation and tourism. Our commitment to conservation and education in the country has given us a great public recognition. What we have received is a challenge to continue contributing in the education of our visitors, observation tours, and tourism in the remainder of this school period.

Students, besides observing these two unique ecosystems in the world, they will have didactic and practical material available, with which they can learn to appreciate the importance of the wasteland in our lives. As well as, they will receive certificates, endorsed by our technical body of professionals of the different branches of study, about the talks that they attend with the number of hours and the topic.

WHY POLYLEPIS LODGE?

It is the wasteland where the water that flows down to the different cities is born, and also has the main function of attracting, maintaining and distributing the water. Therefore, the wasteland is an immense sponge of basic water for the subsistence of the human being in the future. It is very important that all students know, learn, value and help us to conserve our ecosystems in order to balance what man has been destroying. In addition, they will learn which the native trees appropriate for planting are, and how they benefit nature. They will also learn the trees that should not be planted because they are harmful to the environment.

We will read to them the letter of the year 2050, about how spooky our planet will be without water, so that they become aware of protecting and taking care of water, as the most important thing in our lives.

Polylepis has a very well developed infrastructure and it has vast experience managing groups and educational projects, depending on the area of ​​study that interests to each school, being among these:

“POLYLEPISLAB” includes 3 parts:

FABLAB POLYLEPIS ZOI:

It is the ideal combination of elements for education, research and technological development, as it combines the advantages of a unique place in the world, the biodiversity of the Andes, fast prototyping of the latest technology, 3D printers, ultra-capacity microscopes, satellite telescopes and connection to the largest network in the world focused on technological development.

TESKA-BRITO MUSEUM:

A temple that arises after a decade of research and in honor of Bill Teska (+) American, and Ecuadorian Jorge Brito, biologists who focused their last decade of life to the study of rodent mammals of the wetland, promising great discoveries and contributions to science. It is here where their work is captured through an unpublished info graphics.

PASTOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM:

A space dedicated to archeology, more than 300 archaeological pieces of three phases and diverse cultures of the Carchi. It is a space that you shouldn’t miss to know history and its importance.

Topics to Address

Environment

The conservation of natural areas and species
The water and the wasteland
Sampling of endemic species (flora and fauna)
Visit to the TESKA-BRITO museum of rodent mammals of wasteland, the most important research in the world, carried out for 10 years by the TESKA-BRITO scientists.
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Entreprenourship

Entrepreneurship talks (How Polylepis Lodge emerged in the wasteland at 3581 masl and Tunas y Cabras project which started in a dry valley without water resources)
Motivation
Experiential examples

Ecotourism

Ecotourism talks
Agro tourism talks (Tunas y Cabras)
We give: Talks about tourism development and the reality of tourism in Ecuador, proposals to improve the quality of tourism in the country, and talks about the future of tourism in the country.

Experiencial Tourism

What a better connection with nature than a unique millennial forest in the world, where mysticism is combined with the interpersonal experiences that can be experienced in this paradise.

Cultural Tourism

Museum “Pastures” or sacred site, where there are more than 300 archaeological pieces identified of negative cultures of Carchi, which go from 0 DC. until 1535 DC.
Identification of the cultural heritage of the northern populations of the country (Pastos in Polylepis Lodge, Pimán Indigenous and Afro choteños in Tunas y Cabras)

Biology

Identification of study areas (Wasteland or dry forest)
Counting, classification and identification of plants found by mt2

Biotechnology and digital manufacturing (FAB-LAB)

The most modern technology available to our visitors, digital manufacturing, 3D printers, applied research, museums, and a whole team of professionals in the field It is a space that seeks to promote knowledge in the country, based on the nature provided by El Angel Ecological Reserve through research, from the area of ​​Biology and other areas in order to find solutions to problems that the country has related to water and conservation in general. The space also seeks to encourage students of colleges and universities interest in investigation and the generation of technological solutions from different areas of knowledge.

Projects

Implementation of a digital manufacturing laboratory that allows prototyping
Investigation of the properties of the friar to solve problems of drought in desert areas of Ecuador. Exploration of a technological system which allows an interaction between the flora of El Angel wasteland and the reserve visitors.

Activities

Workshops for Polylepis Lodge visitors focused on research techniques
Workshops for visitors of Polylepis Lodge focused on entrepreneurship
Workshops for children with conservation topics

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