It Often Rains In November

The rainy season is now officially underway and for the last several weeks all across thesierrathe water is falling. Since the rains have begun to fall in droves on almost a daily basis, I occasionally wonder how our little community Chunazana, located in the heart of Nabon valley in the southeastern end of Azuay province in Southern Ecuador, is not washed downstream to the Amazon.

These life-giving waters will make the maize, an essential ingredient for makingmote.Moteis a food prepared by boiling maize kernels for hours in a giant cauldron atop a wood fireplace called thecandelafor several hours. It is a specialty, or plato tÌ_pico