Cayambe Ecuador is a quiet and pleasant highland town located north of Quito. It has around 30,000 inhabitants.
It is located 25 km northeast of the town of Guayllabamba and about 1h and 45 min. from the City of Quito
The small village of Guayllabamba, is famous for their delicious avocados and chirimoyas fruits. The Quito Zoo is located here.
The countryside area of Cayambe is surrounded by flower plantations and farms. It is considered to be the cheese capital of Ecuador for the enormous production of it.
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As soon as you get into town, you can see all the shops along the road, selling delicious cheese!
This town is also known by the production of Bizcochos. Bizcochos are long, thin, yellowish biscuits, made by hand and baked in ovens similar to pizza ovens.
They are salty, and many Ecuadorians like to eat their bizcochos dipped in manjar de leche, a milk product similar to caramel.
Cayambe is the proud owner of some of the best bakeries of northern Ecuador. All the cheese shops will sell you bizcochos to go with your cheese.
The town's celebrations are: In March for the equinox, and in June the Inti Raymi and the San Pedro celebrations.
Another attraction of Cayambe Ecuador are the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Puntiachil on the edge of town and the private museum of Marco Sandoval Ortiz.
Cayambe Volcano is located in northern Ecuador. The southern flank of the volcano is located on the equator.
Cayambe Volcanic Complex is located in the northern part of the Cordillera Real in the Ecuadorian Andes, 60 km Northeast from the city of Quito and only 15 km East of the city of Cayambe.
At 5,790 m, Ecuador's third highest peak. Located 1 km south of Cayambe city and 26 km to the Ruales-Oleas-Berge refuge (4,800 m).
The cost of one night at the refuge is of around US$ 10 per person.
Up to 37 people can sleep here in bunks, but it is advisable to bring a sleeping bag and the basics.
In the refuge there is a fireplace, eating area and a kitchen. Also water, a radio for emergencies and electricity.
Cayambe Volcano has a roughly rectangular base (24 km EW by 18 km NS), located at an altitude of 2800-3000 m in the west, and in 3400-3800 m in the eastern part.
The upper part of the complex, elongated in the direction EW, consists of a main summit (5790 m) and a secondary summit (5487 m) located 1.5 km E of the first.
This is especially true because near the summit is an avalanche risk due to southeastern winds which are definitely a problem.
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Cayambe's indigenous people of today are descendants of the pre-Inca Kayambi people. The Kayambi were resistant to Inca expansion and were only definitively conquered by Inca Huayna Capac after a bloody 20-year war.
Not long afterwards, in the 16th century, the first Spanish conquerors arrived in the region. The Kayambi people adopted the Quichua language, a dialect of the Quechua language.
Quichua survives in some of the hamlets today, while in others it has given way to Spanish.
There is a globe monument (representing the Middle of the World) in the spot where the road to Cayambe from Quito crosses the equator.
There's also another middle of the world monument in Cayambe Ecuador near Hacienda Guachala which explains in great detail the history of the equator line. This monument was created by scientist Cristobal Cobo.
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