Living in Cotacachi
Cotacachi is a breathtaking and astonishing community of 8,000 gracious inhabitants nestled in a luxuriant, verdant valley between two extinct volcanoes – Volcano Imbabura and Volcano Cotacachi. Cotacachi is located in Northern Ecuador approximately two hours north of the capitol city of Quito and one and a half hours north of the Quito airport.
Cotacachi is renowned for its handmade, exquisite leather goods. The main street, “Leather Street,” is abound with boutique leather stores offering just about everything created from leather; boots, belts, wallets, handbags, jackets, hats, vests, horse tack and the list goes on and on. Many towns in the immediate region posses specials skills from the bygone days of the Spanish occupation and this is the remnants of the Spanish Guild System still prevalent today.
Cotacachi is a fantastic community to visit, live and retire. Only thirty miles from the equator, at 7,800 feet, Cotacachi is blessed with a temperate climate year round. Temperatures range from the high forties (f) at night to the high seventies (f) during the day and there are twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness year round. Consequently, we have no use for Daylight Savings Time. There is a wet season from November through May followed by a dry season, which I refer to as the “windy season” June through October. Dress is always casual and during the day one is adequately dressed in a short sleeved shirt and in the evening a light jacket or vest is usually required. Ecuador’s currency is the US dollar mixed with Ecuadorian coins of equal value and interchangeable with American coins.
International Living has awarded Cotacachi and Ecuador number one as a retirement destination in their ranking of areas. International Living takes into consideration criteria such as security, safety, infrastructure, public transportation, medical services and other criterion.
COTACACHI, BEYOND A DOUBT, HAS IT ALL!!!
About Primavera Condos
Primavera II Condominiums are located right in downtown Cotacachi in a private, quiet, garden enclave. We are a half a block from the main shopping district. This street is also known as ”leather Street”. This is where all the leather shops are located.
Primavera II Condominiums consists of four buildings each with eight condominimum units for a total of 32 apartments.
About half are occupied by permanent resident/owners and half are offered by absentee owners as seasonal rentals. The rentals are fully furnished and decorated to North American standards; with two bedrooms and two baths except for the studio/penthouses which are one bedroom and one bath.
They have all the amenities of home including flat screen TV’s, most with satellite cable service (inquire here mentioning the rental you like), wireless WIFI, microwaves, coffee pots, blenders, washer & dryer, full kitchen, dishes, pots and pans and utensils.
The units are fully furnished to North American standards, and include all linens and towels; actually a home away from home. No need for a converter, the electrical service is the same as North America. If cable service is an important decision in your choosing one of our properties please inquire as to the availability of service. We have had frequent disconnection problems with Direct TV.
Sorry, no pets or children under twelve allowed without the permission of the property owner (please inquire). Please advise us of the names and the number of guests that will be residing in the rental property.
Tenant check in is prohibited after 8pm under the HOA rules.
Email and request information on cancellation, refund of deposit policy and changes in reservation dates if you have questions. Trip cancellation insurance may be purchased at tenants option.
Our rentals are located right in downtown Cotacachi. We are a half a block from the main drag (known as 10th of August or in Spanish, Diez de Agosto). This street is also known as ”leather Street” as this is where all the leather shops are located.