Cumbayá

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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
CountryEcuador
ProvincePichincha
CantonQuito
FoundationJune 29, 1571
Parish seatCumbayá
Government
 • TypeParochial Junta [1]
 • PresidentGustavo Valdéz
 • Vice-PresidentBlanca Sacancela
 • First MemberHomero Sulca
 • Second MemberHumberto Carreño
 • Third MemberAna De La Cadena
Area
 • Metro
4,204 km2 (1,623 sq mi)
Elevation
approx.
2,200 m (7,200 ft)
Population
estimate
 • Rural parish30,000
 • Metro
1,839,853
 • Metro density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)
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 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 moved from the city to live a more suburban lifestyle. A significant amount of expensive and luxurious properties of Quito can be found in Cumbaya making it the highest income area in the country. This shift in population has attracted investors and entrepreneurs to the area, boosting the local economy.[citation needed]In 2017 there has been a lot of commercial activity centered around restaurants ranging from food trucks to gourmet-style places. The town is also characterized by many gated communities that vary in size and wealth.

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, Paseo San Francisco, La Esquina, Centro Plaza, Scala and Villa Cumbayá shopping centers, among new office blocks. Quorum Quito (located in Paseo San Francisco) 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

Weather is semi tropical year around, with a short rainy season.

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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