In northern Ecuador, in the province of  Imbabura, Cahuasqui is located 40 km from the city of Ibarra and 75 km from Otavalo. This plateau, nestled in the Andes at 2400 m above the sea level, offers a temperate climate with a peasant agriculture: corn and beans adjoin orchards of avocados and citruses and you encounter more donkeys and horses than tractors ... From the banks of the almost tropical river to the windy steppes of vertices (paramos), flora and fauna express themselves alongside human activities.







After the frothing river Palacara, slopes start again towards the communities of Pugaran, Panibuela and Sachapamba. Then, the paramos, dotted with lagoons, link up with the heavens, here you also experience the panorama from bottom to top!







A brief history ...
At the pre-Hispanic age, Cahuasqui plateau was inhabited by the Cara people (very present  in Imbabura). The physical setting with its natural walls allowed to repel the Inca invader. The Spaniards, for their part, only managed to settle in the nearby mountains but, little by little, the native chiefs sold the rich irrigated lands of the plateau, and money succeeded where weapons failed. Today the village is predominantly mestizo-white, however, migration to the cities in recent times allows residents of the neighboring communities to find a place in Cahuasqui again.






The village is made of adobe (clay) and offers a fine example of traditional architecture. The people are friendly and very willing to chat. Emigration to cities and Spain has somewhat emptied the streets, but the community comes together to mark the annual festival in December