The Pechiche tree is native of the dry-forest of Ecuador and Peru, its flowers are appreciated by the Esmeraldas Woodstar (Chaetocercus berlepschi), an endemic hummingbird classified as Endangered by IUCN. Awareness of the importance of this tree is crucial for the conservation of this hummingbird.
The Third Pechiche Festival was successful thanks to the collaboration of the community, local authorities and FJ. Attendees were able to taste variety of dishes based Pechiche like cookies, puddings, cakes, ‘alfajores’ and even shrimps on pechiche sauce!
Recreational games of athletics, cycling, beach soccer and sand sculptures were implemented to foster healthy competition among community members. The event is a tradition that attracts visitors year after year and aims to consolidate and grow in the coming years.