Claudius & Pia Kupschina-Mössner
Since we got to know each other in the missionary Sta. Maria del Fiat in Manglaralto (three villages north of here) in April 1979, we have been connected to the people and the region.
For about two years, we helped Padre Othmar and his team with various tasks at the station and in the surrounding villages. When Padre Othmar was sent here in 1972, all he found was extreme poverty (read more about the basic supply near the mission of Padre Othmar Stähel).
After working with Padre Othmar, we travelled through South America and explored Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brasil and Bolivia via bus, ship, plane, horse, on foot or hitchhiking. Even though we knew South America, all too often Swiss punctuality clashed with the South American indifference. Often, we observed careless behaviour of tourists towards the locals, which made us think.
It became our goal to better understand the culture and the locals.
Back in Switzerland, we got married and had a family but Ecuador never let go of our hearts. A longing desire always pulled us back to the Pacific coast. Over the years and with the help of locals and our own passion, the Hacienda was built as it stands today.