| Ecuador is a multiethnic and multicultural nation. Fourteen indigenous nationalities an dozens of settlements conserve their ancestral and diverse habits, attire, spirituality, native tongues a cosmic vision. The cleansing rituals of the shamans inspire awe and respect in the way they attempt to communicate with the gods after having drank a ceremonial beverage made of the "Ayahuasca" plant having hallucinatory properties.
For centuries, natives have dwelled in the Amazon, they conserve nature and obtain from nature healing elements for an infinity of aliments. The deep knowledge of "Záparo" people have of the rainforest is expressed thorough their language, their rites, mythology and their art, as well as their traditional medicine. The heritage and cultural expressions of these people have been declared a master piece of the new intangible patrimony by UNESCO. The Andes pay homage to the sun, harvests and mythical personages are still present in old traditions. Visiting the Indians markets getting know the identity of people. The wealth of leather, wooden, gold and textile handcrafts are a representation of their religion, myth and beliefs. The most famous Indian market in Ecuador is Otavalo mainly due the weavings manufactured through the use of colonial techniques.