Archidona, Ecuador

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Archidona
Town
Flag of Archidona
Flag
Official seal of Archidona
Seal
Nickname(s): Ciudad de la chonta (City of the Aiphanes)
Archidona is located in Ecuador
Archidona
Archidona
Location in Ecuador
Coordinates: 0°55′S 77°47′W / 0.917°S 77.783°W / -0.917; -77.783Coordinates: 0°55′S 77°47′W / 0.917°S 77.783°W / -0.917; -77.783
Country  Ecuador
Province Napo Province
Canton Archidona Canton
Founded April 21, 1560
Government
 • Mayor Jose Toapanta
Elevation 1,893 ft (577 m)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,205
Demonym archidonense

Archidona is a colonial town, founded in 1560, north of Tena, Ecuador in the Napo Province. Archidona still serves as one of the region's main missionary outposts. It's also a business and social center for the small Kichwa communities in the vicinity.

Archidona's festivals attract people from all around and several times throughout the year there are Kichwa beauty and culture pageants, in which contestants, drawn from the many Kichwa communities in the area, compete for the title of "Queen of the Kichwa". The pageants are a unique opportunity to hear Kichwa spoken and sung and to see some very old dances and customs. There are several eliminatory rounds and the finale is usually held in April.