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It is a municipality of the Province of Imbabura, it is also considered the Musical Capital of Ecuador

The city and the canton are named after the majestic Cotacachi volcano. In the colonial era Fray Pedro de la Peña, plans the creation of a new canton, this attack materializes in 1824 year in which territory of Cotacachi is elevated to the status of canton by Simón Bolívar, and finally on July 6, 1861 the cantonization is achieved, thus initiating its administrative political life with the name of Santa Ana de Cotacachi.

It is the largest canton of the Province of Imbabura, synthetically this place summarizes the value of the indigenous people who live there, product of the settlement of nomadic tribes that arrived hundreds or thousands of years before the Spanish conquest. Peaceful village of fertile lands, meadows and countryside, settled on the slopes of the Cotacachi, charming city that Fray Pedro de la Peña had chosen to found it. Considered the Musical Capital of Ecuador for the love expressed by its people for music; etymologically referred to as Castillo de Luz, due to the fusion of natural, cultural and, above all, traditional elements.

Climate of the Cotacachi Canton

In this valley, a temperate climate predominates, with temperatures ranging from 10 ºC to 25 ºC.

Flora of the Cotacachi Canton

The climate that predominates in the area favors the production of species typical of low and jungle regions, such as sugar cane that involves the production of brandy and panela; the cabuyo and the pita, the banana, the cereals, tubers, the peanut, rice of Castile and an abundant production of fruit trees.

Fauna of the Cotacachi Canton

The fauna species that are observed in the area are the jaguar, spectacled bear, deer, rabbits, guanta, guatusa, tigrillos, otters, tutamono, boas and birds as curiquingues and pigs.

Tourism in the Cotacachi Canton

Cotacachi offers community tourism, which has been strengthened allowing the creation of tourism ventures distributed in each of its parishes: Apuela, Plaza Gutierrez, Vacas Galindo, Peñaherrera, Cuellaje, García Moreno, Imantag and Quiroga. Several of them offer lodging, hikes, visits to waterfalls and lagoons, local gastronomy, crafts and music.

Churches in the Cotacachi Canton

The city has many catholic temples, has a wide religious tradition, The most traditional and worth visiting are:

Catedral La Matriz: located in the center of the city, it is the central one of the diocese, built after the first Church of Cotacachi, it has several works of the art school of Quito, basic of the Baroque and Rococo, with altars of Gold bread and is made up of 6 chapels. This church preserves a neoclassical style, it combines Greek and Roman architecture, in its interior there are works of art of the eighteenth century and has several works of art school in Quito, with gold leaf altars. It is located in Bolivar street between Modesto Peñaherrera and García Moreno, in this church the elements and images of San Marcos have been preserved, they are in charge of the parish, which like the church have maintained their style dating from the beginning of the twentieth century.

La Dolorosa Cathedral: This modernist church preserves several paintings, sculptures and prints with beautiful stained glass windows, its altar is covered with gold leaf and rich decoration inside.

Episcopal Chapel: It is located on the left side of the mother church. It is ready to serve the public and is the residence of the parish priest of Cotacachi.

Niño Jesús, It is located in the El Ejido neighborhood in the detour in front of the "El Coco" park on the Quiroga-Cuicocha-Intag road. Cotacachi City 10 minutes from the historic center next to the Ambi River Bridge.

Other parish churches: Seis de Julio de Cuellaje, Plaza Gutiérrez, Peñaherrera, Vacas Galindo, García Moreno

Chapels: The oldest are: San José, Pilchibuela, and also most of the communities have one.

Parks and squares in the Cotacachi Canton

Abdón Calderón Park: It is the main park of the city. It is surrounded by the Church of the Matriz, Development Bank, Casa "El Portal" and the Municipal Palace. It is located in the historic center of Cotacachi. In its center is the statue of Santa Ana, patron saint of Cotacachi.

Plaza de la Interculturalidad: Here was located after the previous Mercado de Cotacachi, then it was the scene of the projects: "Parque Ornamental" and "Centro Artesanal Loma de Plata" which were canceled, but it was left with this provisional first name being the parking lot of the Municipal Commissariat and Theater: City for Peace, until finally it was given its own name: Plaza de la Interculturalidad.

Mural The scream of the excluded: In 2004 the work of Pavel Egüez was placed in the Walls of the Theater: "The cry of the Excluded, in this Square there have been several events, festivals, Cotacacheñidad celebrations, nowadays it is a representative historical site.

Parque Olmedo: Located in front of the Church of La Dolorosa, it is part of the urban regeneration project. According to historical data, this square was formed at the time of the construction of the aforementioned church, was used to make a kind of weekly fair of handicrafts: wood, silverware, tapestry, music, etc. to this day. It is currently restored and inside it is a statue in honor of Santa Cecilia patron of music and in its corner two more: Musician and Saddler.

Plaza del Sol: It is located between Avenida Modesto Peñaherrera and Avenida del Sol is next to the ring of the two Avenues and is the most modern square that has an urban city where on a circular stage is a monument of ten feet in iron representing a temple of the sun, with the chakana or Andean cross.

Playgrounds in the Cotacachi Canton

  • "Santa Rosa de Diablocalle"
  • "The coconut"
  • "The band"
  • "El Coco" (Del Barrio El Ejido).

Theaters in the Cotacachi Canton

  • Municipal Theater: "City for Peace"
  • Higher Institute "Luis Ulpiano de la Torre"
  • "Educational Unit Santa Ana de Cotacachi"
  • "Modesto Peñaherrera School"
  • "Manuela Cañizares School"
  • "School Santísimo Sacramento"
  • "Las Lomas School"
  • Civic Centers
  • San José Neighborhood
  • Pilchibuela
  • El Ejido neighborhood
  • Humid neighborhood

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

El Tingo hot springs in Quito Ecuador

Balneario el Tingo in Pichincha is one of the busiest places in the parish of Alangasí, it has an area of two hectares and its waters with an average temperature of 37 centigrade.

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.