Known as the placid and magical city, its name comes from the words "llacta kunka" which means "God of the Waters", it is an attractive city with narrow and straight cobbled streets bordered by low houses with a reddish tile with an unmistakable line of architecture Spanish colonial The city and the Canton Latacunga, like the other Ecuadorian localities, is governed by a municipality as stipulated in the National Political Constitution. The Municipality of Latacunga is a sectional government entity that administers the canton autonomously to the central government. The municipality is organized by the separation of powers of executive character represented by the mayor, and another of legislative nature conformed by the members of the cantonal council. The Mayor is the highest administrative and political authority of the Canton Latacunga. He is the head of the cabildo and representative of the Municipality.
Weather in Latacunga
The climate varies very humid temperate, dry at different times of the year has a climate that ranges from the cold of the Andean peaks to the warm humid in the western subtropics.
Flora in Latacunga
We can find a great variety of flora such as: chuquiraguas "the flower of the climber", alchemila, pajonales, trees of pumamaqui, romerillo, quishuar or "the tree of God", along with the mortiño and the capulí, besides grasses, mosses and Lichens
Fauna in Latacunga
With regard to fauna, you can find animals such as: deer, llamas, rabbits and other species. Among the birds you can see condors, chilies, Andean gulls, curved quindes and the hot-blooded hummingbird called "Estrella de los Andes".
Economic development in Latacunga
Their handicrafts are decorative ceramics, objects in tagua, leather garments, furniture, typical embroideries, hand-woven, cabinetmaking, blacksmithing, tinwork, pyrotechnics; articles of cabuya, totora and reed; ceramic paintings in paintings, appliques of various sizes and shapes, masks, sheep leather paintings, sculptures in mixed materials, oil paintings and charcoal, masks in wood, vessels in various shapes and sizes, shigras, saddlery, and cups.
Tourist attractions in Latacunga
Public buildings: Building of the Municipality with its facade of pumice stone, Vicente León School, House of the Marquises of Miraflores, College of Arts and Crafts where the Technological Institute of the Armed Forces currently operates.
Museums: Museum of the Monserrat Mills, Museum of the Vicente León High Institute, Museum of the House of Culture, Museum of the Isidro Ayora School, Municipal Museum.
Parks: Ignacio Flores with an artificial lake and boats for a walk.
Churches: The Cathedral, San Agustín, Del Salto, La Merced, Santo Domingo, San Sebastián.
Markets: La Merced, Del Salto.
Places: Plaza de Santo Domingo.
Fair: Days Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Typical Foods of Latacunga
Chugchucaras.- an exotic dish in Latacunga, it is made up of sweet empanaditas, fritada (pork meat), potatoes and mature fried in pork fat, canguil, chicharrón and mote. As an additional companion, you can add a chili sauce.
Allullas.- They are prepared with wheat flour, which is cooked with pure lard and eggs are very crocantitas. The city of Latacunga has a large number of sites that manufacture allullas.
Leaf cheese.- The name of the leaf cheese comes from its preparation, because it is made of cheese leaves, which are obtained by kneading the fresh cheese. The achira leaf gives a special flavor to the cheese that is wrapped in it.
Cultures and traditions of Latacunga
April 1, anniversary of provincialization; June 25, anniversary of cantonization; November 11, independence of Latacunga.
April: Rodeo, bullfight, cockfight.
June: Inti Raymi.
September: Feast of the Black Mama, on September 24.
November: Feast of the Black Mama, on November 11.
December: Old Year.
Religious celebrations of Latacunga
April: Palm Sunday, Holy Week.
June: Corpus Christi.
September: Virgen de la Merced, September 4.