Q: Will I be safe at Las Aguas Risas?

A: It is extremely safe where we are, safer than any urban areas in most if not all “developed” countries.

Ecuador has been in the international news in recent months regarding the rising level of violent crime over the past few years and the current administration’s fight against drug cartels using Ecuador as a transport hub for illegal substances. Ecuador’s President declared 22 gangs and organizations as terrorist groups and has utilized the military to combat organized crime in an “internal armed conflict”.

This conflict is limited to targeted criminal groups in very targeted areas of the country, despite international news reports of a “country at war”, most of Ecuador is unaffected by this police action, and where Las Aguas Risas is located, we are completely unaffected. Please do not let exaggerated news articles prevent you from visiting this beautiful country. But as always, remain cautious while traveling.

Q: Are there bugs at Las Aguas Risas?

A: Yes, we have bugs, a massive variety of beautiful and harmless bugs. There may be a few poisonous ones, we never see them. Personally, we are not too affected by the bugs, occasional mosquito or gnat bites in the mornings or evenings, and sometimes annoyed by flies out in the field. However, some people react to them more severely than others. Plan accordingly. Bring long sleeves, long pants, hat, anti-itch cream if you are more susceptible to bites, repellant if you need it – PLEASE bring non-chemical natural deterrents if at all possible, we use peppermint and/or other essential oils.

Q: Can I eat animals at Las Aguas Risas?

A: No, we are a strictly vegan community. You may not eat animals or their byproducts here. Please do not bring anything to Las Aguas Risas that is not plant-based.

Q: Can I smoke at Las Aguas Risas?

A: No, the entire 100 hectare property is smoking free. Please do not contact us about visiting if you are a smoker.

Q: Can I drink at Las Aguas Risas?

A: Yes, drinking alcohol in moderation is allowed.

Q: Can I use oil at Las Aguas Rias?

A: Yes, all plant-based foods are allowed at Aguas Risas.

Q: Where can I learn more about veganism?

Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals

A: You can read about veganism on the Vegan Society’s website.

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Q: Do you accept volunteers?

A: Yes! Please first read this and then Contact Us.

Q: Are you accepting new members of your community?

A: Yes! Please first read this and then Contact Us.

Q: What should I bring when I visit your community?

A: Please see What To Bring?