Residential tourism and depeasantisation in the Ecuadorian Andes

Jordi Gascón*

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International residential tourism is a recent phenomenon in the Andean area. However, in places where it has been established, rapid changes in social and economic structures have occurred. The Municipality of Cotacachi (Northern Ecuador) is paradigmatic. Having become a destination for American retirees, residential tourism has generated a sharp increase in the price of rural land and has decelerated a land market that once allowed young farmers to continue agricultural activities. Residential tourism has promoted land exchange value while sacrificing use value, threatening peasant reproduction mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-885
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016


  • Andes
  • depeasantisation
  • Ecuador
  • lifestyle migration
  • peasant reproduction
  • residential tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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