Welcome to Cotacachi
Cotacachi is best known for its leather and its main street, Calle 10 de Agusto, which is lined with shops stocked with good-value leather jackets, luggage, wallets, gloves and shoes. But its appeal, known to an increasing number of North American retirees (you'll notice the white people with white hair and white hats) who have snatched up real estate and built communities of condo-like structures, is its easygoing tranquility, even sleepiness. The feeling is infectious. Relatively prosperous, architecturally uncluttered and with Laguna de Cuicocha and Volcán Cotacachi close by, it would surely draw more travelers if there were more accommodation options.
Representing its affection for its arts and people, statues of Cotacachenean musician Enrique Montenegro, English actor Charlie Chaplin, and Ecuadorian indigenous-rights pioneer Dolores Cacuango can be found around town.