Salinas de Guaranda

Salinas de Guaranda, also known as Salinas de Tomabela, is an Ecuadorian village whose name derives from the salt mines that drove its economy prior to the 1970s.[1] It is located at an altitude of 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) in the Andes in the province of Bolivar and its history began long before the Spanish conquest, the first inhabitants were Tomabelas tribe, Chimbus tribe and Simiatug tribe.[citation needed]

Panoramic view

Currently, it's co-op economy, based on the Quechua concept of mingas or minkas, is known for the production of chocolate, cheese and salamis, although they continue to explore new products.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Salinas de Guaranda: The Little Village that Could". MichWanderlust. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Baja presencia de turistas afecta a la parroquia Salinas de Guaranda". El Universo (in Spanish). 11 March 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The Best Way to Say Cheese in the Andes". OZY. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ Santopietro, Jill (4 November 2008). "When Chocolate Is a Way of Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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Coordinates: 1°24′00″S 79°01′00″W / 1.4000°S 79.0167°W / -1.4000; -79.0167