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Imbabura Province

The Province of Imbabura is one of the 24 provinces that make up the Republic of Ecuador, located in the north of the country, in the geographical area known as the interandean region or sierra, mainly on the Chota basin in the east and on the external flanks of the western mountain range in the west. Its administrative capital is the city of Ibarra, which is also its largest and most populated city. It occupies a territory of about 4,599 km², being the eighth province of the country by extension. It borders on the north with Carchi, on the south with Pichincha, on the west with Esmeraldas and on the east with Sucumbíos.

In the imbabureño territory they inhabit 398.244 people, according to the last national census (2010), being the thirteenth most populous province of the country. The Province of Imbabura is constituted by 6 cantons, with their respective urban and rural parishes. According to the last territorial order, the province of Imbabura will belong to a region also included by the provinces of Carchi, Esmeraldas and Sucumbíos, although it is not officially formed, called North.

It is one of the most important administrative, economic, financial and commercial centers of the north of Ecuador. The development of the industry in the province, in general, was based on the manual skills of its inhabitants. It has a very unique importance for the history of the north of Ecuador, because it is a midpoint between the coast and the Amazon, since ancestral time it was constituted as a meeting zone between cultures, merchants and events of religious connotation.

He had different migratory periods from the mountains such as the caranquis, otavalos and natabuelas. Later on it was conquered by the Incas under the command of Huayna Cápac. The Spanish colonization occurred in December 1534 with the founding of the city of Otavalo, during that period the maximum entities and precursors of the province would be the Corregimientos de Otavalo and San Antonio de Ibarra. After the independence war and the annexation of Ecuador to the Gran Colombia, the Province of Imbabura was created on June 25, 1824, which makes it one of the 7 first provinces of Ecuador.

Typical Gastronomy Imbabura Province

The red meats of Cotacachi
Ibarra morocho empanadas
Roasted corncobs with Ibarra cheese
The guinea pigs of Chaltura and Natabuela
Ibarra ice cream
La chicha de jora in Cotacachi
The chicha del Yamor in Otavalo
The fry of Atuntaqui
The wheat flour chicha and the corn tortillas of Atuntaqui
The nickname with pork rinds
Ibarra chicharrón choclos
The clothing of Mora and Uvilla, in Ibarra
Las nogadas and cassava rolls, in Ibarra
Caranqui milk bread
Fish in Yahuarcocha
Locro and blood broth of Ibarra
The stilt and llapingachos of Ibarra

Customs Imbabura Province

Fiesta de San Luís, in Otavalo: This is celebrated with Mass, troupes and Popular Dances. The towns and villages of Ecuador are identified by entertaining their traditional festivities with great care.

Theodorist Festivities, in Ibarra: intervention in the artistic-cultural-pedagogical festival, where the spectators are pointed out, the developments obtained in the cultural, through music.

Feast of the Patron Archangel San Miguel, in Ibarra: Every year, at the time of September, a ceremony is held in honor of Patron Archangel San Miguel, to pay tribute to protect these lands. On this holiday you can enjoy bullfights, motorcycle and car races, fireworks, musical bands, typical dances, good food, among other things.

Fiesta del Yamor, in Otavalo: This celebration was originated before the Inca conquest, united with the religious beliefs of the population. It is a party that brings the people together and reminds them that despite their differences, they are strengthened like corn kernels on the cob.

Fiesta de La Candelaria, in Ibarra: It is a popular celebration celebrated by Christians, in homage to the Virgin of the Candelaria.

The Hunt of the Fox (Fiesta Brava), in Ibarra: The Hunt of the Fox is considered a traditional activity that is celebrated in great part of the territory of Ibarra. This holiday takes place in the most important places of the territory. This event consists of a horse race that begins in the area of ​​the Return, passing through different places, such as the José Domingo Albuja Stadium, Loma de Guayabillas, until reaching the goal that remains in the territory of the José Tobar Tobar Autodrome.

Inti Raymi, in Otavalo and Cotachachi: The Inti Raymi, festival of the Sun, is made in honor and gratitude to Mother Earth for the fruits collected, for the summer solstice. Of all the Kichwas celebrations, the Inti raymi composes one of the current cultural monuments that has managed to modernize methods such as irruption.

April Fool's Day and the Holy Kings, in Ibarra: The traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents in Cuenca, symbolizes a custom in which many people participate, on January 6 goes out to the streets with all kinds of costumes and perform parades in a parade in which the most important national and international events and actors of the previous year are usually having fun.

Carnival and Fashion Fair, in Atuntaqui and Ibarra: It is an event that takes place every year where these locations bring the best costumes at a very attractive price for tourists and people in the area who are attracted by the merchandise that is found for sale.

Tourist Attractions Imbabura Province

The province of Imbabura has a large number of tourist attractions of which the following places can be highlighted:

Imbabura Province Craft Fair

In the province of Imbabura it is the headquarters of the Otavalo Handicrafts Fair, which is considered one of the most visited and famous in the entire Ecuadorian territory. In this fair you can get from the ponchos used by the ancient population to hats made of toquilla straw. This place offers handicrafts from all Ecuadorian areas, such as the territories of Montecristi, Jipijapa and Cuenca.

It also exposes the ancient clothes of the nearby towns such as Otavalo, San Pablo, Esperanza and Cotacachi. You can also see the crafts made by the people of Salasaca, such as their kitchen materials and shoes.

The Peguche Waterfall Imbabura Province

The Peguche Waterfall is another tourist site, considered within the most beautiful places in the province of Imbabura. This waterfall was a spiritual place for Aboriginal people. Being a place where you can enjoy a beautiful waterfall that is the central point of this entire territory. It is also a tourist center with respect to its handicrafts and handmade products.

Lake San Pablo Imbabura Province

Lake San Pablo is the largest lake in the province of Imbabura. In this lake the natives usually fish early in the day, sailing on their canoes made of straw, they also use the lake to shower and wash their clothes. The lake is in the center of many hostels, farms and restaurants, being a center of entertainment and fun for tourists. They also have canoe services that offer tours of the spacious lake.

Imbabura Province Water Park

In the territory of Araque one of the most spectacular works of Ecuador is located. The water park is the favorite place of many residents, comprising more than 100 visitors every weekend, making this number much higher during the holiday season when tourists arrive. This attraction seeks to increase tourism in this area, for higher incomes, so there are already people who sell weekends, food inside the water park, mainly tilapia.

Condor Park Imbabura Province

The Condor Park is located on the summit of Curiloma, considered a magical place for the beauty of its landscapes. It is one of the most important places in the Andes area that belongs to Ecuador, being home to many species both animal and vegetable, becoming a large educational park. It is also the natural habitat of the famous condor of Los Andes and other species of vultures.

The park contains 30 acres and is run by a foundation that is responsible for protecting the safety and survival of large birds such as hawks, eagles, vultures and owls. This park is distinguished from the rest for many reasons, such as because it is located on top of a hill, which bears the name of "Pukara Alto", being an important place until before the arrival of the Spaniards, where one of the temples was previously religious prior to the Incas.

Chota Province of Imbabura

Chota is a city in the province, which is located in a valley with warm temperatures and a desert environment, which differs from the rest of the province of Imbabura. It is located in the northern part of the territory of Imbabura, limiting to the south of the province of Carchi. The population of this city is generally dark skinned, descendants of Africans, for this reason many of the customs remind of the African culture in Ecuador.



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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

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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.