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Machachi, Ecuador - Valley Of 9 Volcanoes Near Cotopaxi National Park

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2015   » View Photoset (44 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Machachi is the first town along the Pan-American highway you pass-by south of Quito (45mins by bus from Quito's southern terminal - Quitumbe).
Ecuador Photo - The National College of Machachi, historic building and bust of Hernan Mancheno Caicedo.
The National College of Machachi, historic building and bust of Hernan Mancheno Caicedo.
The town is about 1km to the side of the highway. There's not a lot to see in the town itself but it does have a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and is very close to Cotopaxi National Park which offers hiking, camping, cycling, picnicking, birdwatching and horse riding. Machachi however does have a nice central park with several historic buildings around it and a lot of street art and murals around town.

Many Schools

There's actually 8 historic buildings in Machachi and 6 are schools - Escuela Isabel Yanez, Escuela Mariano Negrete, Escuela Luis Felipe Borja and Escuela
Ecuador Photo - Central park and gardens in Machachi.
Central park and gardens in Machachi.
Santa Luisa de Marillac. Plus another school for young kids - Casa de la Juventud and the college - Colegio Nacional Machachi. There is the Municipal Palace and the church Iglesia Matriz also.

Views of Volcanoes

It's a peaceful place and very laid-back considering it is so close to Quito. From Machachi, in any direction you look, you will see one of the 9 volcanoes that surround it, it's beautiful on a sunny day! The streets around town are nice to walk around because there are great views of the mountains at the end of them all.

July Celebrations

I was unlucky to be about a week late for the 'El Chagra' celebration which happens at around the end of July and has rodeos, cowboys and parades.

Sunday Market

Market day in Machachi is Sunday but if it's markets you
Ecuador Photo - Jose Mejia Lequerica (1775-1813), an outstanding lawyer, mural in Machachi.
Jose Mejia Lequerica (1775-1813), an outstanding lawyer, mural in Machachi.
want to see I would head 40mins (50kms) south to one of the most famous ones in Saquisili (Thursdays). Pujili (near Saquisili) also has a market on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Good Stopover Point

Latacunga, about 1hr south of Machachi is by far a much more interesting town than Machachi as far as historic buildings and plazas go etc. Machachi is a good place to spend a night if you have come from the south and don't want the hassle of Quito at the end of a hard days travel. After I spent the night in Machachi I bused north to Terminal Quitumbe - Quito's southern terminal where I stayed in a hotel close to the terminal for a couple of nights.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Machachi (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Machachi, Ecuador. Not far south of Quito, Machachi is a town in a valley of 9 volcanoes. I spent the night here and had a look around town!
 A : Saquisili - Ecuador 37 kms 37 kms straight distance | 1hr 2mins 1hr 2mins by car (52 kms) | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by bus (52 kms) (52 kms)
 B : Latacunga - Ecuador 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 55mins 55mins by car (55 kms) | 1hr 6mins 1hr 6mins by bus (55 kms) (55 kms)
 C : Pujili - Ecuador 51 kms 51 kms straight distance | 56mins 56mins by car (63 kms) | 1hr 7mins 1hr 7mins by bus (63 kms) (63 kms)
 D : Quito - Ecuador 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by car (69 kms) | 1hr 28mins 1hr 28mins by bus (69 kms) (69 kms)
 E : Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by car (82 kms) | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by bus (82 kms) (82 kms)
 F : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 55 kms 55 kms straight distance | 1hr 26mins 1hr 26mins by car (83 kms) | 1hr 43mins 1hr 43mins by bus (83 kms) (83 kms)
 G : Ambato - Ecuador 82 kms 82 kms straight distance | 1hr 43mins 1hr 43mins by car (102 kms) | 2hrs 3mins 2hrs 3mins by bus (102 kms) (102 kms)
 H : Cayambe - Ecuador 77 kms 77 kms straight distance | 2hrs 8mins 2hrs 8mins by car (119 kms) | 2hrs 33mins 2hrs 33mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 I : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 54 kms 54 kms straight distance | 2hrs 7mins 2hrs 7mins by car (127 kms) | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by bus (127 kms) (127 kms)
 J : Banos - Ecuador 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by car (137 kms) | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by bus (137 kms) (137 kms)
 K : Otavalo - Ecuador 90 kms 90 kms straight distance | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by car (142 kms) | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by bus (142 kms) (142 kms)
 L : Mindo - Ecuador 56 kms 56 kms straight distance | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by car (153 kms) | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by bus (153 kms) (153 kms)
 M : Quito to Tulcan - Ecuador 107 kms 107 kms straight distance | 2hrs 58mins 2hrs 58mins by car (169 kms) | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by bus (169 kms) (169 kms)
 N : Puyo - Ecuador 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 3hrs 22mins 3hrs 22mins by car (196 kms) | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by bus (196 kms) (196 kms)
 O : Tena - Ecuador 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 3hrs 39mins 3hrs 39mins by car (222 kms) | 4hrs 22mins 4hrs 22mins by bus (222 kms) (222 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Machachi, Ecuador:

Amanecer del Valle Hotel, Machachi, Ecuador - Large Photo
Amanecer del Valle Hotel, Machachi, Ecuador (July 2015 - 1 night) - Should be a good hotel with the $20USD price tag, but is let down by the fact that the hot water doesn't work. I asked twice at reception twice to give me some hot water and they 'fixed' it but still it was cold. The wifi worked for a few hours after I arrived then went down for the night. Yes the rooms are very nice and have a tv and comfortable bed and a nice view, but again without hot water whats the point? The smoke detector in the rooms send out a high pitched bleep once or twice per minute, how do you sleep through that? I took the battery out of mine! I moved to another hotel after just 1 night, my intention was to stay 3 nights here. How disapointing, a nice hotel in the center of Machachi that doesn't work properly. Take it or leave it. I can't recommend this hotel for those reasons.

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