Cayambe Canton

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Cayambe
Spanish: Cantón Cayambe
Quechua: Kayampi kiti
Canton
Cayambe Canton
Location of Pichincha Province in Ecuador.
Location of Pichincha Province in Ecuador.
Cantons of Pichincha Province
Cantons of Pichincha Province
Country  Ecuador
Province Bandera Provincia Pichincha.svg Pichincha
Creation of the canton 1883-07-23
Canton seat Cayambe
Parishes Ascázubi, Ayora, Cangahua, Cayambe, Cusubamba, Juan Montalvo, Olmedo, Otón
Website http://www.municipiocayambe.gov.ec

Cayambe is a canton in the northeast of the province of Pichincha, in northern Ecuador, South America. The canton is named after the Cayambe, a 5,800-meter-high snow-covered stratovolcano in the east of the canton. The main part of the canton occupies the eastern portion of the Pisque river basin and is surrounded by volcanoes.

The seat of the canton, also named after the volcano, is Cayambe. The economy of the canton is agricultural, based on raising cattle and producing dairy products and growing flowers for export in greenhouses, and also cereals for local consumption. The Swiss food company Nestlé and the Cayambean company Miraflores have dairy-product factories in the city of Cayambe.

The Pambamarca Fortress Complex, several pre-Columbian pucaras (hilltop forts), is located in Cayambe Canton on the slopes of Pambamarca volcano. Here, the Cayambe people defended their territory from the Inca Empire in a war that took place in the late 15th and early 16th century.


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Coordinates: 0°13′S 78°31′W / 0.217°S 78.517°W / -0.217; -78.517