General Antonio Elizalde
Cantón General Antonio Elizalde. It is a canton of the Province of Guayas, Ecuador, also known as Bucay. Its cantonal head is the city of General Antonio Elizalde.
Bucay is considered a great "paradise" of enormous natural resources. It is located on a branch of the Western Cordillera at the foot of the Chimbo River at 320 m.s. and it is the meeting point of the Provinces of Guayas, Los Ríos, Bolívar, Chimborazo and Cañar.
Its official name is General Antonio Elizalde, better known as Bucay (original name) has an area of 154 square kilometers. Its average temperature is 24 ° C Bucay is the perfect setting for rivers, hillsides, mountains, nature of living expression, tropical birds, hummingbirds, waterfalls, rich gastronomy, cattle and cacao farms, ecotourism and unforgettable adventures.
From the city of Guayaquil to Bucay, the main road (on the road: Guayaquil Durán El 26 El Triunfo Bucay) is well signposted. The trip keeps many emotions and even more when we approach Bucay, around we can admire the great branches of the Andes penetrating the Ecuadorian coast, green slopes, rivers, fruit vendors on the roadside, huge trees and dozens of cattle ranches . In this way;
We arrived at the town of Cumandá, the Province of Chimborazo, a small bridge and the Chimbo River separate Bucay from this fascinating "meeting point" between the Provinces of Guayas and Chimborazo. In Cumandá the stop is obligatory, next to the bridge on the right side (before arriving or crossing to Bucay) there is a small and traditional restaurant specialized in "Fritada", here you can taste this delicious typical dish of the Ecuadorian gastronomy (meat from pork fried in its own fat accompanied by fried plantain and mote) at very comfortable prices.
Four generations of the same family have kept this modest restaurant where you can also enjoy the great Andean panorama next to the Chimbo River; which opens its way to the encounter with the great territory of Bucay.
Relief of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
One of the cantons with more natural resources that has the Province of Guayas, is located on a branch of the Western Cordillera at the foot of the Chimbo River, being in the middle of the provinces of Los Ríos, Bolívar, Chimborazo and Cañar.
Climate of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
Its average temperature of 24 ° C and average annual rainfall of 2000 mm.
Flora of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
There is a great variety of species the most outstanding are: guayacán, matapalos, laurel, candelas, balsa, copal flowers, giant ferns, lemon grass, orchids, bromeliads, among others.
Fauna del Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
The fauna is composed of several species of tigrillos, squirrels, monkeys, skunks, agoutis, deer, cuchuchos, anteaters, rabbits and others.
Birds: rock roosters, toucans, parrots, parakeets, nightingales, goldfinches, hummingbirds, owls, owls, caciques, woodpeckers, turkeys, tiles, pigeons and more.
Economic development of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
In the canton, agricultural activities continue to prevail as the main source of income for the inhabitants; However, in the mid-1990s, when the Pronaca company arrived in the canton, there was an important economic boom and a migratory movement from the rural sector to the city due to the demand for labor. Other activities that were previously relegated, such as tourism, are becoming more important in recent years.
Tourist attractions of the Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
Tourist lookout point.- In the Bellavista II lot viewpoint there is a 6 meter high image of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of the canton and symbol of the great local religious fervor. It was built thanks to the economic contribution of the Association of Bucay residents in the United States.
Agua Clara Spa.- It is a waterfall located on the road to Santa Rosa, within the cantonal capital. The crystalline waters of the Chimbo River and the mountainous formations in the background complement the beautiful landscape of the place.
Malecón del río Chimbo.- Located on av. Raúl Banderas, has games for children, green areas, swimming pools and a large parking lot. It is a large river, perfect for practicing sports such as rafting, kayaking and tubbing.
Bosque Húmedo de La Esperanza.- It maintains a secondary subtropical forest with an important variety of flora and fauna for observation. Elevations of up to 1,200 meters above sea level give rise to the formation of waterfalls ideal for canyoning and other adventure sports such as trekking and mountain biking. The community tourism associations Cabellera de la Virgen, September 5 and Esplendor offer, in addition, horseback riding in the sector.
Ecocampamento and Cabañas de Villamarín For an intimate contact with nature, we recommend staying in the comfortable and rustic cabins located within the Humid Forest of La Esperanza; the site has access to waterfalls. It also offers agro-tourism activities and food and beverage service.
Hostería Casa de Piedra.- It is an attractive and comfortable inn with rustic architecture, an ideal place to enjoy the surroundings in harmony with nature. Fishing, canopy and other extreme sports activities are offered here.
Mundo San Rafael.- The tourist center of the San Rafael hacienda offers both family recreation options and adventure activities, among which we can mention: horseback riding, mountain biking, paintball, sport climbing and canopy.
Cultures and traditions of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde
For the celebration of the cantonization on November 9, a series of events such as the Lolita Fair where the montubia culture is rescued.
In July, in honor of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a ride takes place that attracts the landowners of the area.
Fights of roosters, in the festivities of October 12 and August 25, it is customary by tradition to attend the collosion of roosters to witness the fights, which entail interesting bets among the attendees.
Rodeo montubio, in the same way in the festivities of October and August the well-known montubios rodeos are realized with the participation of all the haciendas of the zone.
For being a meeting point between the mountains and the coast has generated a fusion between what stand out:
Fritada.- Fried pork that is served with small fried empanadas, toasted corn and cooked corn. It is accompanied with slices of tomato and avocado.
Dry chicken .- is a stew type cooked in yeast ferment and beer. It is accompanied with "colorado" rice and fried plantain.
Guatita.- Prepared beef belly with potatoes and peanuts. It is served with rice, fried ripe banana and avocado.
Chicha slide - a drink made from rice powder, spices and ice. It is not exactly a fermented drink like the real chicha, however, its name is linked to very popular drinks such as chicha de jora, made with corn or rice and the slide, very common Central America, made with rice.
Cocktails with liqueurs from the area
Tropical fruits of the sector.