Ecuador // The central sierra //

Eating and drinking

For restaurants, try El Pedregal on Colón and Pareja, serving bargain staples including fried chicken, or the two chifas on the same street not far from the square. The best dining is at Café de la Vaca (t 02/2315012; daily 8am–5.30pm), on the Panamericana Km41, 4km south of Machachi, which serves excellent food ($5–10), especially beef, using produce from their dairy farm; it’s busy at weekends.