You’ll know when you’ve reached the rather ugly town of Salasaca, about 14km south of Ambato, because of the abundance of men walking around in long, black ponchos over crisp white shirts and trousers. Along with a broad-brimmed white hat, men wear the distinctive black Salasaca poncho. Women wear colorful shawls and long wool skirts with a woven belt called a chumbi.
On the Sunday after Easter, a magnificent street dance takes place on the road (slowing traffic considerably), and on June 15 the Salasacans dress up in animal costumes for Santo Vintio. Both Corpus Christi (on a moveable date in June) and the Feast of St Anthony (end of November) are colorfully celebrated.