Cumbayá

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This article is about a town in Ecuador. For the song of the same name, see Cumbayá (song).
Not to be confused with Kumbaya, a song.
Cumbayá
Rural parish
San Pedro de Cumbayá
Cumbayá is located in Ecuador
Cumbayá
Cumbayá
Coordinates: 0°12′0″S 78°26′0″W / 0.20000°S 78.43333°W / -0.20000; -78.43333Coordinates: 0°12′0″S 78°26′0″W / 0.20000°S 78.43333°W / -0.20000; -78.43333
Country Ecuador
Province Pichincha
Canton Quito
Foundation June 29, 1571
Parish seat Cumbayá
Government
 • Type Parochial Junta [1]
 • President Gustavo Valdéz
 • Vice-President Blanca Sacancela
 • First Member Homero Sulca
 • Second Member Humberto Carreño
 • Third Member Ana De La Cadena
Area
 • Metro 4,204 km2 (1,623 sq mi)
Elevationapprox. 2,200 m (7,200 ft)
Population estimate
 • Rural parish 30,000
 • Metro 1,839,853
 • Metro density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone ECT (UTC-5)
Postal Code EC170157
Area code(s) (0)2

Cumbayá is a rural parish of the Metropolitan District of Quito in the Pichincha Province, Ecuador. It is located east of Quito, in the Tumbaco Valley northwest of Ilaló volcano, in the valley of the San Pedro River, a tributary of the Guayllabamba River, at an elevation of approximately 2200 m (7200 ft) above sea level. Because it is at a lower altitude than Quito, it has a warmer climate (about 2 to 5 degrees Celsius higher on average).

In recent years, the parish has become a commuter town of Quito as a significant number of middle-upper and higher class families move from the city to live a more suburban lifestyle. This shift in population has brought in money to the area that boosted the local economy, as well as a number of private schools that are either new or transplanted from Quito, such as Colegio Alemán, Colegio Internacional SEK Los Valles, William Shakespeare School, Colegio Terranova, and CMSFQ (Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito), among others.

It is also the home of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the first private and non-denominational university in Ecuador.

Examples of architecture drawing from the area's rural beginnings include the Iglesia de Cumbayá in the Main Square and the Iglesia de Miravalle built in 1987. Modern examples include the Rancho San Francisco complex, La Esquina, Centro Plaza, and Villa Cumbayá shopping centers, among new office blocks. Quorum Quito in the Cumbayá Valley is the largest and most advanced convention and business center in all of Ecuador. In 2013 it gathered parliamentarians from all over the world at the assemblee of the Interparliamentary Union.

The Túnel Oswaldo Guayasamín, the longest vehicular tunnel in Ecuador at 1.5 km in length, connects the parish with the Iñaquito urban parish of the city of Quito.

In 2004, the Chaquiñán rail trail from Cumbayá 20 km to the northeast ending in the parish of Puembo was re-opened. [1]

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