The town is home to several indigenous Inca communities, spread throughout the area, with about 7000 people in total and about 1000 indigenous Cañari people living from agriculture on rural lands. High in the mountains are common lands for grazing and growing potatoes and other crops. Carnival is an important cultural celebration in El Tambo.
Within the community the primary language is Quichua, but most people speak Spanish as well. Most of the Cañari people still wear traditional clothing.
Attractions close to El Tambo include Ecuador’s best kept pre-colonial Inca ruins at Ingapirca (3 km east of El Tambo), a hike through the paramo on the Camino de las Incas, and the relatively unexplored Los Baños de las Incas, a Cañari/Inca site where the Festival de la Luna is held during the Autumn equinox. There are local markets in El Tambo, Ingapirca and the nearby town of Cañar. The city of Cuenca, with its many attractions, is about 50 km to the south.
Locals can arrange horseback riding trips to various locations of interest in the surrounding mountains and can serve as guides for numerous hikes in the area.
Places to stay in El Tambo +
Places to stay in El Tambo
Mid-range Hotels: Yes
High-range Hotels: No
Places to eat in El Tambo
There are several restaurants in town serving basic meals for a good price.
Practical information about El Tambo +
Getting to and around in El Tambo +
How to get to El Tambo
Busses leave from the Cuenca busterminal regularly. Busses pass through the town of El Tambo. There are also several busses leaving to El Tambo directly. These are usually slower and take a (beautiful) detour through the countryside. From Loja take any bus to Cuenca or Saraguro to get to Saraguro. Busses leave from the main busterminal in Loja. From Cuenca $1,25 - 1,5 hours From Quito $7,50 - 7 hours There are also direct busses to Guayaquil. They will take you through La Troncal to the city in about 3 hours.
Map of El Tambo