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Cayambe, Ecuador - Yummy Baked Bizcochos Special Biscuits Made Here

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2011 September 2018   » View Photoset (46 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I visited Cayambe during my 3rd and 6th trips to Ecuador. The first time I left Tulcan by bus in the morning, passed through Ibarra and Otavalo and arrived in
Ecuador Photo - Bizcochos baking in the oven at San Pedro Bizcochos in Cayambe.
Bizcochos baking in the oven at San Pedro Bizcochos in Cayambe.
Cayambe about 4 and a half hours later. The second time from Quito Airport to Cayambe is just 45mins. I had read that Cayambe is famous for its flowers, biscuits called Bizcochos and there are pyramids here. From where the bus from Tulcan dropped me off I took a local bus into the center of town. I asked several locals about the pyramids but none had ever heard of them.

Eat Some Bizcochos

First thing to do was to try some Bizcochos. I visited the shop of 'Bizcochos Katherine', by the door is a huge pizza-type oven with Bizcochos baking. At the back of the shop the owners were happy to let me take photos of them working. I bought
Ecuador Photo - The colorful main street in Cayambe.
The colorful main street in Cayambe.
a few Bizcochos and took them away to munch on, they were very nice, crunchy and cheesy.

Monuments to Famous Locals

Nearby was a monument to David Elias Manangon Cartagena (1904-1979), a local professor, author and music writer. I also found a monument to Sergio Mejia Aguirre (1895-1972), a poet and professor of music.

The Central Park

I walked a couple of blocks to the central park - Parque Central 23 de Julio. It is a nice place with trees, flower gardens and a blue and white church Iglesia Matriz de Cayambe on one side, there are many indigenous people around. On the opposite side of the park is the museum and several colorful murals of important people to Cayambe, Dolores Cacuango (1881-1971) was involved in
Ecuador Photo - Che Guevara wall art in Cayambe.
Che Guevara wall art in Cayambe.
the indigenous rights movement. Another is of Luis Humberto Salgado (1903-1977), a famous composer and director of the National Music Conservatory. Others include Ruben Rodriguez (1904-1973), Transito Amaguana (1909-2009), an Ecuadorian indigenous leader and Eloy Alfaro (1842-1912), twice President of Ecuador. To the left of these murals is the museum and downstairs is the tourist office, ask about the pyramids here - Piramide de Puntiatsil.

Streets, Churches, Plazas & Parks

I took a walk through the historical streets of Cayambe, there are many colorful houses, shops and balconies. There are more murals of famous Ecuadorians scattered around town, author Juan Montalvo (1832-1889),
Ecuador Photo - 2 women in traditional clothes, mural on a building side in Cayambe.
2 women in traditional clothes, mural on a building side in Cayambe.
scientist and writer Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), Eloy Alfaro and Gonzalez Suarez (1844-1917), a priest and historian. Cayambe has a few more churches and several parks and plazas - Parque Yaznan, Parque Ruben Rodriguez, Parque Nasacota Puento, Parque a La Madre and Plaza de Toros. The main festivals are the Equinox around the 21st of March and in the 2nd half of June the celebrations of San Pedro and Inti Raymi.

They Grow Flowers Here

The area of Cayambe is known for growing beautiful flowers. They were selling them on the streets, roses of orange, yellow, pink, red and white.

In the Region

In the area and towns surrounding Cayambe there are a few archaeology sites including some more pyramids called Piramides de Cochasqui.

To Sum Up

Cayambe is a nice place to stop
Ecuador Photo - Strawberries and boysenberries for sale at the municipal market in Cayambe.
Strawberries and boysenberries for sale at the municipal market in Cayambe.
for an afternoon and spend a few hours exploring the city. There is a hostel close to the central park area if you wish to stay the night.

Distances Away

From Cayambe it is 28kms north to Otavalo, 18kms to Puembo, 70kms to Quito and 36kms to Oyacachi.

Bus to Guayllabamba

At the end of the afternoon I took a bus 25kms south / west (30mins) to Guayllabamba where I slept the night and visited the fantastic Quito Zoo on the next day.

     

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


Map location: Cayambe, Ecuador. Famous for yummy baked Bizcochos which are kind of like biscuits, it's a nice little town not far from Guayllabamba, north of Quito!
 A : Otavalo - Ecuador 25 kms 25 kms straight distance | 36mins 36mins by car (33 kms) | 43mins 43mins by bus (33 kms) (33 kms)
 B : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 25 kms 25 kms straight distance | 51mins 51mins by car (39 kms) | 1hr 1min 1hr 1min by bus (39 kms) (39 kms)
 C : Quito to Tulcan - Ecuador 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 1hr 8mins 1hr 8mins by car (60 kms) | 1hr 21mins 1hr 21mins by bus (60 kms) (60 kms)
 D : Quito - Ecuador 31 kms 31 kms straight distance | 1hr 24mins 1hr 24mins by car (68 kms) | 1hr 40mins 1hr 40mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 E : Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by car (68 kms) | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 F : Machachi - Ecuador 77 kms 77 kms straight distance | 2hrs 6mins 2hrs 6mins by car (119 kms) | 2hrs 31mins 2hrs 31mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 G : Mindo - Ecuador 69 kms 69 kms straight distance | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by car (138 kms) | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 H : Saquisili - Ecuador 113 kms 113 kms straight distance | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by car (165 kms) | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by bus (165 kms) (165 kms)
 I : Latacunga - Ecuador 118 kms 118 kms straight distance | 2hrs 42mins 2hrs 42mins by car (169 kms) | 3hrs 14mins 3hrs 14mins by bus (169 kms) (169 kms)
 J : Pujili - Ecuador 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 43mins 2hrs 43mins by car (176 kms) | 3hrs 15mins 3hrs 15mins by bus (176 kms) (176 kms)
 K : Tulcan - Ecuador 98 kms 98 kms straight distance | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by car (191 kms) | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by bus (191 kms) (191 kms)
 L : Ipiales from the Colombian Border - Colombia 105 kms 105 kms straight distance | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by car (191 kms) | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by bus (191 kms) (191 kms)
 M : Tena - Ecuador 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (216 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (216 kms) (216 kms)
 N : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 131 kms 131 kms straight distance | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by car (240 kms) | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by bus (240 kms) (240 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 Cayambe, Ecuador:

Hostal Imperial, Cayambe, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hostal Imperial, Cayambe, Ecuador (September 2018 - 1 night) - A hotel is only as good as the bed and unfortunately Hostal Imperial in Cayambe bit the dust on that account with a bottom sheet that just wouldn't stay in position. The room wasn't that bad but for $18 for 2 people I'd like a decent and comfortable bed thanks. Located a block or so from the main plaza. Disappointing.

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