Gualaceo nick named "El Jardin Del Azuay" (The Garden of Azuay), is a canton (territorial subdivision) in the south-central region of Ecuador. It belongs to Azuay Province, Ecuador. Its population is 42.000 inhabitants according to the official website visitagualaceo.com.
The origin of its name is debatable. Some historians affirm that the name comes from the Chibcha word “gualaca” meaningmacaw’s settlement, while others state that it was named after a mythological Cañari Indian named Gualaco or Gualaca, but both coincide in its meaning “macaw’s