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Ecuador Travel Guide Accommodation | Pimampiro | Puruanta lake

Drive through the new Panamericana highway east past Mascarilla, after 2 Km turn off to El Chota valley. For anyone interested in Afro-Ecuadorian culture there is a museum here called the Honka Monka. Further down the road around 8 km are a set of tourist complexes for Ecuadorians and Colombians who venture down from the highlands for the tropical flavor.

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Important Notice: If you wish to book in advance any of the below listed hosterias, or bed and breakfasts in the Chota Valley and Pimampiro for either a high standing or affordable place to stay during a business trip or vacation. By filling in our online Hotel reservation form, a BOE specialized agent will be able to search for the best and most affordable accommodation rates. Save time and money and take advantage of immediate discounted hotel rates!.

Hostería Oasis.- Cabins for up to 6 people and smaller cabins available for 2. swimming pools, waterslide, snack bars, good restaurant, disco with live music. Tours throughout the region. Reservations: Tel & Fax: 06-941200.

Aruba Hosteria.- Modern with a small pool. Reservations: Tel. 06-937005.

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 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel PimampiroOverview

Pimampiro is a small quiet town which lies 8 km off the Panamericana along the road. It has a colorful Sunday market and the surrounding countryside areas are inviting for a pleasant walk.

Accommodation

El Forastero.- Good food. Located on the corner of Flores and Olmedo.

Residencial.- Located on Flores street.

Bus

Cooperativa Oriental from Ibarra, leaves every 20 minutes, taking 45 minutes to El Chota. Ticket value around US$0.70; same as Expreso Turismo with offices on Pedro Moncayo and Flores.

Around Pimampiro

20 Km from Pimampiro is the village of Sigsigpamba with no accommodation available and only a few basic shops. We are mentioning this town because it is the best access to the Puruanta lake, a very exciting four to five hours hike. The lake is set between the high paramo with charming surroundings for camping and trout fishing. Avoid hiking in the rainy season (November to May). The Mariano Acosta village is nearby.

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