Tungurahua Province - Ecuador

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Tungurahua Province

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Tungurahua Province

It is the land of the three Juanes, the warmth of its people reminds the visitor that it is not there as a tourist. It is one of the magical places of the Ecuadorian mountain range, for its inexhaustible magic and charm. It is one of the 24 provinces that make up the Republic of Ecuador. It is located in the center of the country, in the geographical region known as sierra.

The province of Tungurahua is located in the center of the Ecuadorian Sierra, its capital is Ambato. It has an area of ​​3,334 square kilometers and is 2,557 meters high. In territorial extension it is the smallest province of Ecuador. ”, Representing 1.24% of the national surface and a population density of 134.9 Hab./Km2., Being one of the highest in the country. Tungurahua is located in the Southern and Western hemispheres, it is between parallels 00º55'00 "S and 01º35'00" and meridians 78º06'51 "and 78º55'49". The stories of love, earthquakes and miracles that beat him to death are hidden in the bowels of the province of Tungurahua. Ambato marked another great milestone in the country: there the first printing press was installed at the time of the Colony. It is a region that has a lot to show visitors, especially during the Carnival which is characterized as a game without water, exhibitions, dance festivals, theater and parades.

The people of the province are engaged in agriculture and livestock, tourism, commerce, textile industry: leather clothing, clothing, footwear, among others. This province is characterized by festivals, flowers, fruits and crafts. The most important agricultural products of the province are potatoes, red onion, beans, beans, lettuce, corn, tomatoes and a wide variety of fruits including: claudia, peach, tangerine, apple, blackberry, pear, opener (guaytambo), etc. . The most important fruit centers are located in Píllaro, Patate, Ambato, Huachi and Cevallos.

Livestock production is aimed at the production of pigs, cattle, sheep, horses, and the raising of rabbits. Milk and meat cattle are processed at the Pelileo plant. The artisanal production, dedicated, among other tasks, to the development of tapestries (Salasaca), the tannery (Píllaro, Quisapincha, Picaihua), and the blankets and ponchos (Quero) is of notable importance.

Climate Tungurahua Province

It is characterized by a diversity of climatic floors typical of the inter-Andean region, although there is a predominance of the dry mesothermic climate, which is modified by the winds that enter through the Pastaza river canyon. The average temperature is 15oC. Rains occur between September and December, being used for the cultivation of fruit trees. The average annual temperature is between 14º C. and 17º C. Winter: October-May and Summer: June-September

Flora Province of Tungurahua

As for vegetation, there is the aguacolla that is the representative flower of the province, eucalyptus with more than 20 years of life, cypress, quishuar, molles, among others. But without a doubt what most captivates is the presence of orchids of different shapes and colors. Other of the most common plant species that can be observed are: the pumamaqui, bulrush, yagual, palm of bouquets, gentian, pajonal, bromeliads, anthuriums, frailejón and heliconias.

Wildlife Province of Tungurahua

The Ecological Corridor Llanganates - Sangay and the Pastaza river basin, shows a great variety of fauna. There are a large number of animal species being the most common hummingbirds, butterflies, doves and pigeons.

Hydrography Tungurahua Province

From the northern slopes come the rivers Huapante, Talatag, Quillopaccha, Golpe, Pucachuayco and Cutuchi, which thickens its flow with several tributaries and forms the Patate by joining with Ambato and Pachanlica; these come to the Southwest as do the Támbalo, Chiquicagua and Alajua rivers. From the Southeast comes the Chambo river that joins the Patate and gives rise to the Pastaza that crosses the mountain range and goes to the Amazon. To the East are the Verde, Blanco, Machai, Mapoto and Topo rivers. The main lagoons are: Pisayambo, del Tambo, Patojapina, RodoCocha and Yanococha, from San Antonio. In addition there are other lagoons such as: Aucacocha, El Cable, Chaloacocha, Uspayacha, Salayambo, Pisachoa, and those of the Glasses. Among the thermal springs we have: CunucYacu, Aguaján, Pishilata and Quillán in Ambato. In Píllaro there is the convalescence beach of Huapante and in Baños the slopes of the Salado and the Virgin.

Orography Tungurahua Province

Geographically it is located in the eastern hole of the Patate river and Latacunga-Ambato hole. It borders to the North with the Tiopullo knot, to the East with the western Andes mountain range and to the South with the Iguálala knot. From the folds of the mountain range there are beautiful valleys such as those of Ambato, Izamba, Cunchibamba, Patate, Baños, Leito and El Triunfo. The main elevations of the western branch of the mountain range are the Casaguala (4,545 m), the Quispicacha (4,530 m) and the Sagotoa (4,153 m). In the central mountain range is Cerro Hermoso (4,571 m). To the south of the hole is the active Tungurahua volcano (5,023 m) and in front is Mulmud (3,877 m), Iguálala (4,482 m), and by the moors of Yanayacu, Olalla and Sanancajas is Carihuairazo, whose height reaches 5,020 m.

Economic activity Tungurahua Province

Its main economic activity is agriculture and industry. Regarding industries, the following stand out: Tanneries, Metal foundries, Fabrics and Clothing, Food, Leather, Rubber, Plastics, Liquors and Soda, Wood, Mechanical Metal, Poultry, etc.

Tungurahua Culture

The Festival of Flowers and Fruits and the weekly fairs of the towns that are in its territory, constitute tourist attractions of the first order. Holy Water Baths with its sanctuary; Ambato and the beauty of its citadels, the fifth of Juan León Mera and the house of Juan Montalvo are also places of obligatory visit to know the past and traditions of this great province.

Tungurahua folkloric manifestations have very unique beauty and connotations. The community of Salasacas that sits in this same province stands out because they retain their traditional customs and clothing.

The province has traditions that go back to times before the conquest, with ethnicities that retain their customs and costumes, to display them with great beauty at the Festival of Flowers and Fruits, which takes place in February, the Corso de las Flores and the Joy of January, folk festivals, dance festivals, floral games, international painting halls, the coronation of the queen, and constant presentations of local cultural groups are part of their traditions.

Typical Food of the Province of Tungurahua

This province has a large amount of gastronomic offer among which it is worth highlighting:

Pan de Pinllo: The parish of Pinllo is famous for its bread, part of its exquisite flavor is the lard that is used in its preparation. The secret of flavor is in the wood oven that is used for the preparation of bread.

Potatoes with Mocha leather: Potatoes with leather is another typical food that we will find in Ambato. There are several ways to prepare this dish, and it can be accompanied with other things. Here is a simple recipe for its preparation.

Llapingachos: It is a dish composed mainly of potato tortillas, accompanied by chorizo, egg and pickled tomatoes and onions.

Roasted Cuy: The guinea pig is roasted traditionally baked in wood and served with potatoes in peanut sauce and a salad of lettuce, onion and tomato.

Mondongo Broth: It is a typical Ecuadorian dish consisting of a blunt soup made from the tripe of the stomach of the cow or the lamb, also known as mondongo or guatita. It is prepared with potatoes, corn and cassava accompanied by dressings.

Fry of Izamba: The fries of Izamba have become one of the most popular food in this parish, it is said that the dish of this place has a traditional secret that makes this fry a must for both locals and strangers.

Pinllo hens: This is a dish that characterizes the identity of the inhabitants of this province, the dish is nothing other than chickens seasoned with traditional secrets of the region and roasted in firewood, this dish is accompanied by potatoes and salsa Peanut, this delicacy is known nationally and the restaurant that sells this dish is visited by national and international tourists.

Tungurahua tourist attractions

Tungurahua has the territorial tourism dynamic is positioned through 9 tourist routes of Tungurahua in the nine cantons of the province where it stands out from the city of Baños, as one of the most important “adventure, rest and fun” ecotourism destinations in the country , in direct connection to the Amazon.

Baños radiates its tourist dynamics to other points of the province such as the shopping circuit in handicrafts, textiles, leather and footwear in Quisapincha, Cevallos, Huambaló, Pelileo, Salasaca and Ambato. Attractions such as the Tungurahua volcano that is active, protected areas such as Llanganates National Park and Sangay National Park.

  • Atocha La Liria Botanical Garden: a heritage tourist place with ample space where two museums are located
  • The historic house Martínez-Holguín: House of illustrious characters who contributed to poetry and history, a beautiful building made a museum. Juan Montalvo House
  • Provincial Park of the family. A place for ecological and recreational tourism, its beautiful green spaces accompanied by fruit trees.
  • Aguájan Spas, "El Peñón del Río", ecological roads
  • Church the cathedral A representative religious building of the city of Ambato
  • Quisapincha An parish of Ambato dedicated mostly to the manufacture of leather goods.
  • Festivities of flowers and fruits: A traditional festival that takes place at the time of carnival.
  • Ternas de la Virgen Hot springs and water park
  • Termas El Salado Hot spring pools are its main attraction
  • Modern Pools An actuator park with renovated facilities.
  • Termas Santa Clara or Pisicina el Cangejo com was formerly known
  • Tree House a lookout point towards Mama Tungurahua
  • Waterfalls in Baños de Agua Santa, such as:
  • Agoyan waterfall
  • Inés María waterfall (Pastaza River)
  • waterfall The Mantle of the Bride
  • St. George's Waterfall
  • San Pedro waterfall
  • Waterfall Encañonado del Duende
  • Machay waterfall
  • Pailón del Diablo waterfall
  • Waterfall of Río Verde Waterfall of Ulba
  • San Martin Zoo
  • Snowy Carihuairazo
  • Jean Fair
  • Fair in Salasaca
  • La Moya Recreational Park
  • The devilish pillareña
  • Junjun Waterfall A fantastic waterfall and a tourist attraction for its lush vegetation.
  • Mantle of the Angel
  • San Agustin
  • The Butler
  • San Miguel
  • The heart
  • Cerro Hermoso An elevation located within the Llanganates national park.
  • Llanganates National Park It is located as a protected area of ​​Ecuador
  • Sangay National Park It is considered an area protected by the Ministry of Environment


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