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Mocha

It is a canton of the Province of Tungurahua, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Pinguilí Santo Domingo.

It is well known for its hidden legends that say that by going to the foothills of the mountain called dagger can sell your soul to be dark or known as devil and acquire great wealth. Mocha has the potatoes with guinea pig as one of their typical and native dishes are also very recognized potatoes with leather is a focus of high consumption to give back to the body energies. The Mocha canton is located in the southeastern sector of Ambato in the Province of Tungurahua, with an area of ​​82.3 km2, distributed in the central parish of Mocha with 76 km2 and 6.3 km2 in Pinguilí.

The important part of the corner Mocha is in the area of ​​the ecosystem of the páramo, in the middle of snowed, it is possible to run the pajonales, next to the vegetation known as chaparros, yaguales and the dairymen. Great part of the population is in the Andean páramo, where the majestic condor can still be observed. Its mountainous chain is peculiar surrounded by the snowed ones, the Puñalica, the Carihuairazo volcano and the Chimborazo, offer paradisiacal natural landscapes. One of the most important festivities of Mocha, is the festival of San Juan that is celebrated on June 24, with the bullfights of the town, this tradition is from the colonial era. Popular cultural and folkloric events cover all aspects of community life, contribute to the dissemination and promotion of local handicrafts.

Climate Canton Mocha

The territory of the canton goes from 2500 to 4965 masl, this is one of the reasons for the canton has different climatic characteristics, in the highest area, we find the páramos with temperatures below 10º C. with pronounced variations climatic during the day and humidity.

Economic development Canton Mocha

Agriculture is one of the main sources of livelihood of the Mocha people. The Mocha Canton is one of the places blessed by the Lord, because it has ideal fertile land for the cultivation of potatoes, red onion, corn, beans, among others, but due to the lack of support for this agricultural sector, many of its inhabitants go to other places in search of new sources of sustenance. For decades, the Mocha ranches have been highlighted as the best in the country and that is why they are very popular in different corners of the country.

Typical Foods Mocha Canton

The typical foods of the Mocha canton are roasted guinea pig, guinea pig, cooked beans, cooked sweet geese, corn with cheese, toasted, potatoes with leather, roasted rabbit, Creole chicken broth and chicha de jora, all of these keep a process of specific preparation, some of the recipes are jealously guarded by the people who prepare them.

Tourism in the Mocha Canton

Mirador Pie de San Juan in Mocha

This site hosts a large number of species of flora and fauna of the Andean region that is combined with the delicious cuisine offered in its restaurant.

It also has recreation areas that include playgrounds and sports courts.

Mother Church of Mocha

Colonial style construction, retains elements carved in stone.

Its interior houses artistic stained glass windows and on its altar is the image of San Juan Bautista, patron of the Mocha canton.

Parque Central Padre Gonzalo Lozada in Mocha

It is a nice place for rest, family entertainment and photography.

It has a great historical, cultural and popular value, located in the downtown area in the downtown area of ​​the canton, ideal for rest and relaxation.

Lava del Carihuayrazo route in Mocha

It has a large number of existing natural attractions where you can have contact with native flora and fauna of the place and visit each of the existing waterfalls such as: Loma Verde, Calipierdra, Acorraladera and Paccha.

Calipiedra Waterfall in Mocha

Formed by two natural stone slides, it offers two waterfalls of approximately 7 meters in height, it feeds on the Olalla River.

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Loma Verde Waterfall in Mocha

It is located in the middle of native vegetation in a pleasant and peaceful environment.

It is a fall of water of medium volume and approximately 15 meters high that feeds the Olalla River.

Paccha Waterfall in Mocha

It is a place of great natural and scenic wealth, with an impressive fall of water, ideal for adventure tourism and ecotourism.

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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

Piatúa Cabins in Santa Clara, Province of Pastaza, Ecuador

The Piatúa Cabins are located in the Province of Pastaza, Santa Clara canton, 40 km from the city of Puyo via Tena and 45 minutes by bus.

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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.