Small scale producers in the vereda of Carimanga.
Cariamanga was an indigeneous settlement during the pre-Columbian era that was inhabited by the Curimanga tribe. “Curi” means gold and “manga” means pot, the name of this tribe came about due to the shape and topography of the region and the abundance of gold. Over the last one thousand years, a diverse number of ethnic groups and tribes have arrived to the area, influencing the region’s culture, language and customs. When the Incas arrived in Ecuador, they chose to settle in this region due to the perfect climate and the abundance of springs and streams that they found there.
Today, Cariamanga is famous for hundreds of legends and stories that involve mysteries and deaths. Five minutes away from the town, you can find Cerro Ahuaca, a big rock of volcanic origin. The people in the region say that Cerro Ahuaca is haunted with the presence of strange animals, including a unique, never-seen-before, mammal that hides within the walls of the big rock.
1,500 – 1,900 MASL