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Puyango

Puyango welcomes you with open arms to present your petrified paradise and the warmth of its people.

Puyango is located in the province of Loja, endowed by its exuberant nature that enamours thousands of tourists every year, thanks to the diversity of climatic floors is humid temperate in the high and warm dry in the valleys, leading to a very representative agricultural production, whose quality is recognized at all national and international levels.

Puyango takes the name of the main river that irrigates it, the same that comes from the Quechua word palta that means Puyu that is: cloudy river, wooded and mossy.

Being limited to the province of El Oro allows a commercial exchange that offers economic alternatives. Their people are kind and supportive do not hesitate to provide support, are characterized by leaving a memory of kindness in the tourists who visit them. Its people celebrate their cantonization parties every 23rd of January.

It is pleasing to highlight its tourist treasure "Puyango Petrified Forest" because it is the petrified forest with a collection of the largest vegetable and animal fossils in the world, thus giving a great cultural value to Puyango, there is also a geological museum site worth visiting.

The tourist has at his disposal trails and other services Knowing these beautiful places and the dry forest of Puyango is to get ahead in a fascinating, unique adventure, to unravel its natural treasures to learn to live in harmony with nature, love it, preserve it for this and future generations.

Puyango offers its tourists also enjoy a paradise in the natural spas of the Puyango River, Alamor River and the Sulfur Waters of El Arenal.

Clima Canton Puyango

The canton of Puyango has a hot, humid and warm dry climate. There are two distinct periods: rainy season and summer season.

The winter months are January, February, March, April and May.

The summer months are June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

Typical food of Puyango

A delight for your palate, that's what the cuisine of southern Ecuador offers in the Province of Loja

Peas with guineo Soup made with dried peas, bananas, milk and quesillo

Longaniza Prepared based on intestine, guts and pork meat, garlic, onion, cumin, pepper, butter, salt and color. Accompanied with fried ripe plantain and mote.

Chanfaina With the burning wood and preparing the bronze paila prepares the meat and parts of pig and of the spine as the viscera, legs, ribs, head, arms, leg, heart, boge. For the preparation, native ingredients such as oregano, parsley, garlic, onion, achiote and rice are used, leaving an exquisite meat.

Piarero rice Because of the long journeys that our ancestors had to travel to get to the big cities and thus obtain essential products, piarero rice became a very consumed dish due to the speed of its preparation. In order to do so, it was necessary: ​​shredded dried meat and poultry, accompanied by shank, silk and watery rice, cooked in a clay pot and accompanied with chicha jora drink. With this meal they could endure the fatigue of walking and the incidences of time.

Cecina lojana cut in stone The pork loins are cecina (cut uniformly) with the purpose of being able to season them with garlic, salt, oil. Once the meat has been dressed, a fire chamber is assembled to hang the meat and begin drying. Once it is dry, it is prepared in charcoal or firewood and crushed in a stone matte to serve it accompanied by rice, dry grain stew, mote, onion-tanning, homemade chili and chicha de jora. It is a very prepared dish in the parish of Mercadillo.

Tourism Canton Puyango

Balneario el Arenal Canton Puyango

The characteristics of the sector and its strategic location in Ciano, with a natural environment of great beauty, make this a very popular place at all times of the year by both locals and foreigners who visit it daily.

Those who visit this spa claim that by placing mud on the body and then bathing in water, they heal bone and skin diseases, mainly acne.

In the Spa of the Sulfurous Waters of El Arenal the activities that can be done are: walk, take a bath to cure diseases, camping, among others.

The spa as a magical place; When they reach it, unusual and even mythical conditions are achieved, which in reality belong to the world of dreams and illusions.

The inhabitants of the parish Ciano, especially children and young people, enjoy this natural beauty with absolute tranquility and without any concern. In addition, there are places to camp and take walks and likewise there are viewpoints to rest contemplating the landscape and at the same time take photographs.

Not only should we talk about its healing wealth, as it is one of the links in evolutionary concepts. Besides being an open book to know the origins of life, it is also an important natural area that contains a high biodiversity. It constitutes the habitat of bird species, some of which are unique worldwide in terms of bird diversity.

Description Balneario el Arenal Canton Puyango

The spa is managed, it is the favorite place for all local, national and foreign tourists who visit, for the diversity of its recreational components: swimming pools, sports courts, camping areas, with family cabins, playgrounds, large green areas and enough parking lot. It is endowed with a permanent service of buses, taxis, vans, motorcycles and private bicycles, which make trips to this place at any time and day of the week.

Biodiversity Balneario el Arenal Canton Puyango

The vegetation characteristic of this area is very varied, so that in the high areas and even in the páramos the vegetation is composed of orchids, ferns and conifers, willows and alders.

Wildlife is distinguished by a great variety of birds; like the parrots, turkeys and some animals; like monkeys, tapirs, birds of different colors among others.

• Parish Ciano: offers great attractions to tourists, offering its extraordinary, large and mysterious nature, which can be admired in travel, knowledge and study. Customs, and parties are another attraction. Biodiversity is a source of wealth for research and ecotourism.

Legends Balneario el Arenal Canton Puyango

The inhabitants of the place say that it was Don Ángel Bustamante in 1963 who led the Reverend Carlos Vaca to one of his streams to indicate the sector where there were white stones stuck to bad smells; It was when the presence of sulphurous water springs was discovered.

Canton Puyango Market

The Lord of Girón is the reason for the influx of hundreds of pilgrims, the devotion of this image invites you to visit the church, along with its legendary town.

Its population is integrated by 1112 inhabitants, limits to the North with the parishes of El Arenal and Vicentino, with the Paltas canton, to the east with Vicentino and to the west with Alamor, having a height above sea level of 1270 m, integrated its jurisdiction the neighborhoods Luz de América, San José, Las Palmas, Chitoque and Mercadillo as the parish seat.

Mercadillo is an easy land, always destined to livestock, is a cattle valley of broken ground are large haciendas that support large numbers of livestock is also an occupational environment of its inhabitants.

The industry in Mercadillo is characterized by having the batteries of the Gentlemen: Hipólito Calderón, Julio Maldonado and Heriberto Ramón that serve to mechanize the milling of the coffee like of cane, that are source of work of these people.

The valleys are covered with coffee plantations, cane plantations, banana plantations, life is truly delicious and all tropical products live in it, which is a small wonder full of life.

Main festivities: November 10 parochialization parties; September 14th commercial and religious festival; July 21 anniversary of the Club November 10.

Location Canton Puyango Market

San Vicente de Mercadillo is located south-east of Puyango canton, 7 km from Alamor.

Climate Canton Puyango Market

The town of Mercadillo, is pleasant for life, in it a temperature that is mildly warm, it is simply a delight to live.

El Comercio Mercadillo Cantón Puyango

The trade of this parish was always active, exchange of products with the province of El Oro, constant exchange with the Azuay that has always come to negotiate personally. The main exchange products are: coffee, meat, animal lard, wood, among others.

The breeding of horses and mules was another of the main lines of commerce in the parish of Mercadillo when the animals were the main means of transport. At the trade fair on September 14, the beast square is the main attraction, where they show off their extraordinary riding skills, which will continue to be the glory of the future.

Description Mercadillo Cantón Puyango

The agricultural activity is the life of Mercadillo, as they are of the rest of its neighborhoods, even though not all its territory is profitable because its topography is injured, its inhabitants, most of the people leave every day to work in field.

The corn and the zarandaja are the main cereals that are produced in the parish. They are also the essential basis of food. I could say that the town of Mercadillo is pleasant for life, flowers and fruits struggle in it, one looks at that land and finds that it is pleasant to live in. Fruits are grown like: oranges, lemons, papayas, guavas and panacos.

Attractions Canton Puyango Market

• Local Fair: Main attractions for the inhabitants are the local fair that takes place from September 14 of every year in honor of Señor de Girón. This is a series of festivities whose attractive center is the exchange of products, mainly coffee and a large percentage of merchants from all over the country. The Lord of Girón is the reason for the influx of hundreds of pilgrims, the devotion of this image invites you to visit the church, along with its legendary town.

• November 10: Another date of great renown and reason for great tourist attraction is November 10, the same that was established from 1913, by the voluntary opinion of all citizens of the entire parish. Nowadays it is celebrated in honor of the parochialization of this terroir.

Part of its attractions we have to its neighborhoods of Mercadillo which are:

• San José: Formerly known as the site, a picturesque place because it is an area of ​​great agricultural production.

• Las Palmas: A place of thriving industriousness, it is distinguished by the singularly fertile soil.

• Chitoque: Site that is characterized by the beauty of its landscape, area of ​​immense.

• La Cascada de Landara: Site adorned with dense nature, from a third floor there is a surprising stream of pure and crystalline water, forming at the bottom a large lagoon; The waterfall continues with a new chorrera that, when it falls, forms a new lagoon.

• The stone of the Sun

• The petroglyphs of Chitoque

Petrified Forest of Puyango

The Petrified Forest of Puyango, known worldwide as a marine fossil and petrified wood deposit, is a true tourist attraction, only comparable with the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian East because of its great importance.

Petrified Forest of Puyango

The Protected Area is located to the Southwest of the Province of El Oro, in the Las Lajas parish of the Arenillas canton (111 km from Machala) and to the west of the Loja province, in the Alamor parish of the Puyango canton (280 km from the city of Loja), on the banks of the Puyango River.

Puyango Petrified Forest Extension

It has 2,658 hectares of which 100 ha are uninvolved and has a recovered dry forest. The remaining hectares are held by individual owners.

Puyango Petrified Forest Climate

The forest has an average annual temperature of 22.5ºC.

Puyango Petrified Forest Flora

Its vegetation is typical of tropical places, being the existence of petrines (standing out the giant, of 35 m of height, 8 m of circumference and 300 years of age approximately), ceibos, potos, guapala, pechiche, hualtaco, puyangos, guayacanes, laurels, guasimos, caciques, cedars, palo santo, higuerón, lemongrass, almond and others that are among the great ones.

Among the small or shrubs we have: amancay, vines, orchids, chaquiro, pastures, nettle, matico and mortiño, the same ones that in winter bloom and give a typical color of nature.

Fauna Petrified Forest of Puyango

There are more than 130 species, being the most common: partridges, turtledoves, bobo bird, earwigs, carpenters, chilalo, slut, thrush, tiles, parrots, crows, sparrowhawk, cacique, chiroca and blackbird, the same as with their trills and gurgling they delight our ears.

As for mammals, the forest shelters deer, tigrillos, squirrels, peccaries, foxes, frog, armadillos, guatusas, gualillas, gato del monte, among others.

In reptiles we find: lizards (different species), iguanas, snakes and in the river lizards.

Petrified Forest of Puyango

• Deposit of Petrified Trunks: In this place we will find enormous trunks of trees that date from the Upper Cretaceous or Tertiary principles.

• Deposit of Charred Trunks: They are located on the banks of a stream of very clean and transparent waters, in this place we will find gigantic charred trunks that correspond to the Jurassic period that had its splendor 120 billion years ago.

• Giant Araucaria: Located at the end of this trail, in this place we will see the existence of one of the largest and best preserved petrified trees in the entire forest, it has an approximate length of 80 meters by about 8 meters in diameter.

• Giant Petrino: A true wonder of nature; that is to say, that in this place the trees still grow as they did 120 billion years ago, it is about 35 meters high and 7.5 wide.

• Quebrada: They are made up of more plants than in the forest areas themselves, incurring species from more humid areas, which is striking, but this could be explained by considering that this plant association is influenced by the higher relative humidity of the soil and greater evapotranspiration in the microclimate of gulch.

• Fossils: The trees have an approximate age of 100 million years and is perhaps the largest collection of petrified wood in the world; the largest specimen is 2 m in diameter and 15 m long. There are also fossils of leaves that correspond to four genera of primitive plants similar to ferns and palms.

• Lookout: It has an area of ​​the viewpoint where the largest number of petrified. Crosscut trunks can be seen observing the lexeme and heartwood of trees with a trunk formed approximately 65,000,000 years ago.

• Camping area: It is located near the Puyango river and the Puyango river beach, constituted by an area of ​​compact sand, where local people use it as a spa. In addition, a few petrine trees are living natural giants that call attention for their large size and diameter, 10 by 4.5 m respectively.

Visits Petrified Forest of Puyango

The Petrified Forest of Puyango is a zone of "dry forest". The most appropriate season to visit is the dry season, between the months of May to December, because during the winter season the Protected Area changes considerably making your visit very interesting.

Puyango is immersed in an area of ​​dry, semi-desert forest, with vegetation adapted to the hot climate of the region. But inside the forest, the vegetation changes thanks to the constant bathing of small streams.

Waterfall Landara Canton Puyango

A few kilometers from the town of Mercadillo, in a place dressed in dense nature, from a third floor emerges a surprising chorrera of pure and crystalline water, forming at the bottom a large lagoon; The waterfall continues with a new stream that, when it falls, forms a new lagoon.

Finally it glides smoothly following the course through the bottom of two hills.

Tourists visit this waterfall daily as it is a welcoming place for national and foreign tourists.
The activities that you can do in the mercadillo waterfall are: walk, horseback riding, camping, observation of flora and fauna, take a swim after the tour, among others.

These waterfalls are formed by the constant flow of water from the located lakes, since they only need low temperatures. They are very recommendable waterfalls to begin in this world, since they are short and in general of not much difficulty.

Of singular beauty landscaping, it is the ideal place for rest and fun. Cozy atmosphere, warm weather and natural landscape.

Live the adventure of touring the main natural attractions in the waterfall. Practice hiking in the mountains, in its imposing natural environment and enjoy the various routes that have been created for adventurous athletes.

Fauna Waterfall Landara Canton Puyango

Among the representative fauna, of this site we have: partridges, turtledoves, earwigs, carpenters, chilalo, slut, thrush, tiles, parrots, crows, sparrowhawk, cacique, chiroca and blackbird, the same ones that with their trills and chirps delight our ear . As for mammals, the forest shelters deer, tigrillos, squirrels, peccaries, foxes, armadillos, guatusas, gualillas, gato del monte, among others.

Flora Waterfall Landara Canton Puyango

Its vegetation is typical of tropical places, being the existence of petrines (standing out the giant, of 35 m of height, 8 m of circumference and 300 years of age approximately), ceibos, potos, guapala, pechiche, hualtaco, puyangos, guayacanes, laurels, guasimos, caciques, cedars, palo santo, higuerón, lemongrass, almond and others that are among the great ones.

Among the small or shrubs we have: amancay, vines, orchids, chaquiro, pastures, nettle, matico and mortiño, the same ones that in winter bloom and give a typical color of nature.

Attractions Landara Canton Puyango Waterfall

• Parish Market: The valleys are covered with coffee plantations, reed beds, bananas, life is truly delicious and all tropical products live in it is a small wonder full of life.

The Arenal Canton Puyango

The Arenacenses mostly profess the Catholic religion and in a minority the Protestant.

Currently, the patron saints of the community are La Virgen Dolorosa and El Señor de Cariamanga, who arrived in El Arenal on November 3, 2005 and were donated by the Arenalense.

Its population is integrated by 1220 inhabitants, limits to the north with Ciano, to the south with Mercadillo, to the east with Vicentino and to the west with Alamor, having a height on the level of the sea of ​​820 meters (in the parochial center) they integrate the Arenal neighborhoods as parish head, Amarillos, Gramalotes, Colorado New, Colorado Viejo, Las Vegas, Guayacán and Curiachillo.

El Arenal is the parish that most promotes culture through the Art and Culture Association "Nuevo Amanecer", which was founded as such on June 15, 2000.

The Reverend Priest Mario León, Parish Priest of Mercadillo, baptized him with the name of the Lord of Cariamanga (in tribute to the donors), on November 3, 2005 in the Eucharist held, establishing this date in which it would take place in posterity their religious festivities of the Arenalenses.

Description El Arenal Canton Puyango

The Sandwich community of farmers who in its beginnings; They lived by planting corn, sugarcane and raising small animals, trading with Peru in barter and carrying especially the panela, lard and bringing kerex, fabrics, oil and mainly salt, among others.

At present, its main activity is agriculture with the cultivation of coffee, sugarcane and livestock: its vision is to work tirelessly to obtain the support of the different development entities, the installation of workshops and encourage the company, especially in crafts.

The main objective is to convert the inhabitants of the parish so that they can participate in the project of promoting handicrafts on a large scale, taking advantage of the diversity of wood and varieties of Guaduas already making the respective plantings.

Attractions Arenal Canton Puyango

• Balneario el Arenal: The sulphurous waters the same as when Don Ángel Bustamante accompanied the Rdo. Carlos Vaca one of its streams and indicate the sector where it was stuck bad smelling stones, was when it was discovered the existence of springs of sulfurous waters and from that moment the community was known for its waters, boom that lasted a short time for lack of support from the authorities in turn, until in 2002, work began to clean up and with the project of converting the sector into a tourist complex.

Historical Review El Arenal Canton Puyango

It is said that the Arenal, first called Sambumba name that was due to the existence of a very large tree: then its first settlers when it was still a neighborhood decided to call this neighborhood as El Arenal, because the ravine of this neighborhood, in the winter time he assembled or gathered a large quantity of sand, which was used for the realization of all his houses.

Its inhabitants initially lived in rooms of trapa, bareque, cane guadua and adobe, very dispersed being known by several names through time: Vegas, Chorreras, El Papayo, Sanbumba, San Isidro and Arenal.

The most important settlement occurs when in 1958-1959 by provision of the Rev. Priest Dr. Segundo Zapata, authorizes the residents to build a church in the place overcoming several obstacles, but the timely support of Mr. Enrique Orellana plus who was president of the Municipality of Puyango, which facilitated the completion of the embankment and the construction of the Arenal-Alamor road through the El Colorado site, initiating the development in this sector.

Parallel to the construction of the Church are built houses of adobe and bareque that exist to the present, thus beginning a new population.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.