Machachi Travel Guide

  • Machachi
    Machachi
    by MalenaN
  • Festival in Machachi
    Festival in Machachi
    by MalenaN
  • Festival in Machachi
    Festival in Machachi
    by MalenaN

Machachi Things to Do

  • Paseo del Chagra

    Every year in July there is a big festival in Machachi, the Paseo del Chagra. The chagras are known for their good horseman skills and the Quechua word chagra has now begun to mean “Andean Cowboy”. At the annual festival in Machachi there is a parade where hundreds of chagras participate riding on their best horse. They are usually dressed in chaps...

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  • The Hacienda's Plump Llamas

    I saw more llamas in Ecuador than in Perú. Even at the Hacienda, where the business is bulls and horses, they keep a couple of plump light-colored llamas for good luck I guess.

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  • Sincholagua

    Sincholagua (elevation: 5126 m, 16817 ft) is yet another volcano easily identifiable from the viewpoints of trails surrounding the Hacienda.

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  • Get Acquainted with the Páramo Habitat

    The Páramo - so I've been told - is like a sponge, which absorbs water and releases it in streams that flow all the way down to the Amazon plain (the Oriente). This high and windy environment is characterized by tall grass, a lot of moss, short gnarled trees, and timid little flowers. It is definitely awe-inspiring, and the thin air is clear and...

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  • Go Horseback Riding

    After signing a waiver (!) 4 other travelers and myself were outfitted with heavy chaps and red ponchos. THEN we were told about the wild bulls, and how to outrun them. Hmm, can I have a green poncho please?Actually, the four-hour ride was spectacular. Towards the end, as we were about to give up, Cotopaxi finally emerged from its cloud cover. Our...

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  • Ruminahui

    Ruminahui is an extinct volcano with an elevation of 4,634m = 15,200ft, which is very visible from the grounds of Hacienda El Porvenir.

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Machachi Hotels

  • Hosteria Papagayo

    Hacienda Bolivia, 1.5 km south of the Machachi toll booth, Machachi, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Machachi Restaurants

  • Street food

    During the festival in Machachi there was a big variety of street food available. There were plates of different traditional dishes, both from the area and other parts of the country. There was a big choice of sweet things, and I especially liked the colours of some candy apples. However, I didn’t taste them as they looked too sweet for my taste....

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  • Late lunch in Machachi

    After walking around in Machachi for a while I was hungry and started to look for a place to eat. As it was festival there were plenty of street food available, but I wanted to sit down for a while. When I passed a restaurant I went inside and asked what they had to eat. Even though it was quite late for lunch they still served amuerzo, today’s...

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  • Superb Food

    The Hacienda serves wonderful food, at large communal and convivial tables. It gets quite cold in the evening, so you might want to pick a table close to the fireplace. Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and the other meals are a flat $10. The traditional potato soup with slices of cheese and avocado is very satisfying. I replicated...

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Machachi Transportation

  • To Machachi from Quito, and then back to...

    I took a packed Ecovía from La Marin to Terminal Quitumbe. It was $0.25 (July 2013) and took over half an hour. I had been told to take Bus Mejía from Quitumbe and there I had to ask several persons to find it as it didn’t leave from the same place as the other buses. Bus Mejía enters Machachi while other buses pass on the Panamericana outside...

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  • How to get to the Hacienda El Porvenir

    On the right side of the main Bus Station in Quito, you will find the local buses that go to Machachi. The bus ride takes one hour, costs less than one dollar, and goes mostly through dusty suburbs of Quito before reaching Machachi.In Machachi, as in any small Ecuadorian town, there are white pickup trucks lined up and waiting to be hailed (see the...

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