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Tingo Pucara

Last Sunday, I had a class field trip for rural sociology. We spent the day in the community of Tingo Pucara, which is located in Guangaje parrish, Pujili county, Cotopaxi province in the Ecuadorian highlands. Tingo Pucara is an indigenous community of 25 kichwa-speaking families in Guangaje parish, Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador. The community is located at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. The families are farmers of potatoes, fava beans, onion, barley, and small animals, especially sheep. The community receives visitors, who can observe the Pucara, a hill fortified by the Incas as a defensive and communication position.

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