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Chilcapamba (Ecuador)

Practical information on Chilcapamba

  • Encounters with locals
  • Mountain
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Handicraft
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30km, about 18 miles, by car from Otavalo
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Less than a day

Reviews of Chilcapamba

Julie Olagnol Seasoned Traveller
145 written opinions

Chilcapamba is a Quechua community in the north of Ecuador. Tourists stay with the local inhabitants and the extra income helps in the development of the village.

My suggestion:
Stay at least one night in Chilcapamba and ask your host to take you for a tour of the village.
My review

I have great memories of the indigenous community of Chilcapamba. Just before this, as part of my trip to Ecuador, I spent a month in a Quechua community in the Amazon rainforest and it was very interesting to stay in another ethno-tourism village , this time in the mountains but just as authentic. 

At Chilcapamba I stayed with my guide's friend, Alfonso, and his wife Consuelo. We had dinner with them and went for a walk around the village. They showed us their farm and especially their adorable "cuys", the famous Andes guinea-pigs that the people of Ecuador enjoy eating at festival times. 

Chilcapamba only has a nursery and a community hall, so the two boys in the family go to school in a neighbouring village. As for the parents, they live mostly on the income from rearing guinea-pits but they also grow maize and quinoa and do some weaving. And to help us sleep, they told us some of the legends of Ecuador. 

Cuys, a source of income in Chilcapamba