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Saraguro is one of the cantons of the province of Loja, characterized by the authenticity of its indigenous communities, its great traditions and its beautiful lands. The name of Saraguro comes from Sara meaning Maize and Guro meaning Pot; giving way to be known as the place of corn or as: the land of corn.

Its inhabitants are charismatic, humble and proud of their ancestors, they are also extremely believers and mythological because despite the passage of time, it can be seen that some myths and beliefs among the indigenous and peasants of Saraguro are still preserved. manifest through music, story and proverbs that are still treasured in the memory of many people in these communities. They celebrate their cantonization every March 10th.

The territories currently inhabited by the Saraguros, considered by history as belonging to the Quichua Race with Colla, Aymará and Yuracaré affluence, were the geographical seat of the Paltas, conquered by the Incas

The Land of Saraguro is fertile in which it is grown on a large scale and the best thing about this crop is that it is done in a traditional way without tractors or techniques with technology, the Saraguros prefer to do it with the help of cattle and a rudimentary plow.

Its inhabitants have also made Saraguro a place where one of the best marbles of Ecuador is found for its quality that approximates the Onyx gem desired by the national and foreign trade.

Typical meal of Saraguro

To the south of the Ecuador in the province you will be able to delight yourself with a gastronomic offer of Loja

The guajango slightly fermented drink that is prepared with the plant of the penco. Its preparation consists of putting the penco in a pot, boiling it, letting it cool for a few minutes and then depositing it in a pitcher ready to serve.

Chicha de jora de maíz - Traditional drink from the village of Saraguro. Its preparation is mainly composed of the "jora", which is basically the germinated corn and has been used since pre-Inca times as a sacred drink, exclusive for ceremonial acts and traditional parties of the canton.


  1. Anniversary of cantonization: March 10.
  2. Representation of battle in Urdaneta Parish: June 30.
  3. Pawkar Raymi: March 21.
  4. Inti Raymi: June 21.
  5. Kulla Raymi: September 21.
  6. Kapak Raymi: December 21.
  7. Parish of El Paraíso de Celén: 24demayo.
  8. Parish of El Tablón: November 27.
  9. Paroquialización de Lluzhapa: September 21.
  10. Parish of Manú: May 29.
  11. Parochialización of San Pablo de Tenta: 29June.
  12. Parish of Selva Alegre: July 18.
  13. Parish of Sumaypamba: March 19.
  14. Parish of Urdaneta: June 4.


  1. Feast of the Kings: January 6.
  2. Corpus Cristi: June
  3. Religious festival San Pedro: June 29.
  4. Religious festival in tribute to Mary Help of Shindar: November 24.


Lagoons of Chinchilla Cantón Saraguro

Located in Saraguro, 12km from the parish seat of Manú, at 3796 m.s. It is a wonderful place, visited permanently by people from this and other places. It is estimated that it has about 12 hectares, with small islands that give it a special attraction. The doctors (herbalists) come to the site, who perform their spiritual cleanings.

The native forest Huashapamba Canton Saraguro

Located in the upper area of ​​the Saraguro Canton. The extension of natural forest is 217.42 hectares, which contains a variety of native trees and plants.

Flora Native forest Huashapamba Canton Saraguro

There are espicies of the area such as:

Mullón, romerillo, platanillo, sacha capulí, duco and many more. In addition there are also orchids. It also has an immense richness in fauna, from the observations made can be mentioned 86 species of birds, some of them in danger of extinction. For these riches, the NGO identified as one of the most important forests in the world.

Cerro de Arcos Canton Saraguro

  1. Enigmatic, mysterious and impressive is the Cerro de Arcos, caracteriz
  2. The Cerro Arcos is located at an approximate height of 3,772 meters above sea level, with temperatures ranging from 05 to 12 degrees Celsius, this is in the Bellavista neighborhood of the Manú parish, 70 km from the Saraguro Cantonal Head west part.
Five hours from Loja
  1. With the help of a guide, you get in vans by a sedero to the slopes of the hill (until there is an hour and a half).
  2. Our guide, Baudilio Macas, is very proud that he was born in Río Negro, near the Cerro de Arcos; This is the reason why he prided himself on knowing the secrets of the páramo and the mysteries of the hill.
  3. Before there was no road, he says that they walked for five hours in awe.
  4. At present, you reach the Cordillera de Sabadel by car and from there you walk a bit until you reach the natural monument of Arcos.
  5. It is so named because its rock formation is composed of some natural arches and tourists go under them.
  6. It is a very beautiful place, it is known entirely by a local guide.
  7. Do not try to go alone, because if the mist goes down, you run the risk of getting lost.

Hiking in the Hill

  1. From Manú through a narrow road we pass through, El Salado, Bellavista Viewpoint, Valle Hermoso, Huambusari, Negro River, La Encrucijada, Las Cuevas, Sabadel Alto Mountain Range and the Curiquingas Lagoon.
  2. From this place the capricious orography of the Hill is observed; at the bottom large grasslands, pine forests and moles of stone that gives a unique physiognomy.
  3. The cold and the thick fog are characteristic of the area.
  4. Already on the hill, the route is made by a wide path that passes through the arches and shelters where tourists make their rest.
  5. Then we reach the Sonora Cave and the Plaza de Piedra; from there you can see a beautiful viewpoint and a lot of colorful rocks, for example there is an immense one that looks like a turtle, another one that they call the Elephant's Nose, the Priest.
  6. Then continue to the Cueva del Diablo, other arches and more.
  7. All the beauty of this natural monument can be seen when the sky is clear and the weather is good.
Legend of the hill of arches

They say that when there were no roads the Zarumeños came by the bridleways with their products to sell them here; then on one occasion when they passed through that place they saw in the arches some beautiful bronze bells; but the ends that hang to touch were not capes, but squirts of crystalline water. Some saw that, while others did not.

From Arcos down, there is a road called Chinchapal, on another occasion they say that the merchants came to sell panela, suddenly one went ahead and when he realized he was lost in a big city; surprised at the place he was, he decided to sell his products and return. With the money he got, he bought everything he needed and came back astonished at the goodness of his people and the beauty of the city. As this time it went very well, returned with more products, but unfortunately the city could not locate it. They say that hundreds of years ago in Arcos, a city was enchanted.

How long ago did the Zarumeño get lost in the enchanted city?

About ninety years ago, Don Ángel Armijos concludes

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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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

Cuenca Cathedral Ecuador

It is a Catholic church located in the city of Cuenca - Ecuador, in Gothic Renaissance style with three domes protruding from the roof was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome

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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.