It is a canton of the Province of Manabí, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Paján. Its population is mestizo, they conserve their traits and traditions Manabitas, like lidias of roosters, popular dances, rodeo montubios, amorfinos. Besides that Paján has natural resources such as rivers and some waterfalls.
Paján "Land of charms" has wonderful and appropriate places to develop adventure tourism and excursion thanks to its great mountains where there are caves, waterfalls, and plantations. In the Procel community, in the Campozano parish, there is a waterfall of 20 m. of height, and in Las Cruces, which are true tourist attractions. The sulphurous waters at the Guayabito site; salty waters in El Piojo. Agriculture and livestock is the main economic item of its population. Its cuisine is characterized by typical dishes such as yucca tortillas, empanadas, dried chicken and pork.
Its population is mestizo and they preserve their traits and traditions Manabitas, such as Lidias de gallos, popular dances, rodeos montubios, amorfinos, wakes, to remember the deceased and venerate images in which the main course is the main dish made with corn, peanuts and Creole hen. San Juan Bautista de las Golondrinas was formerly a hamlet, which was called Paján because of the abundance of straw mocora.
A walk through the countryside is to remember the Manabita yesterday, its paths are full of fruits and surrounded by innumerable trees of different species. In communities, people receive visitors in a courteous and friendly manner, usually nobody leaves without tasting a real Manabita meal cooked on a stove or cooked with firewood. Paján has many points in its favor, for being a small town crime is almost non-existent, its streets and sidewalks from its entrance in the Colimes Campus look clean and well paved.
Clima Cantón Paján
The average annual temperature is 24 degrees Celsius, with average annual rainfall of between 1,000 and 2,000 millimeters. The climate is tropical and fresh, with a marked difference between winter and summer.
Fauna Cantón Paján
We can find species of pijio, jolote, moyuyo, pepito, cabuya, mata palo, tillo, guayacán, poplar, gramalote, and in the turtle fauna of savannah, pedrote, iguanas, lizards, guacharacas, parrots, squirrels, among others.
Economic development Cantón Paján
Agriculture and livestock is the main economic item of its population. Commerce is the second economic activity, its main products are marketed by wholesalers in Jipijapa and Manta, especially coffee, cocoa, corn, rice, tagua and achiote, part of the corn are also sold in Pedro Carbo, Province of Guayas.
Places to visit in Paján Canton
Balneario De Agua Dulce De Banchal Paján Canton
A 15 minute walk from the Banchal bridge, after Cascol on the Guayas Manabí road, you will find this beautiful natural attraction formed by a backwater in the bed of a river. It is one of the most important attractions of Paján, even those who have not visited it know of its existence because the unusual rock formations, the exuberant vegetation and the great variety of fauna found in this area make it the preferred place to walk the pajanense.
Waterfall of San Aandrés Cantón Paján
Starting from the city of Paján at 13km in the San Andrés precinct of the Parroquia Campozano, you will find this waterfall, where you can reach an hour's walk through coffee farms. It has a height of 30 meters and a pool of 12 meters in diameter with a depth of 15 meters, its water is fresh and very crystalline and is endowed with exuberant flora and fauna, which makes it an ideal place for relaxation.
Cascada De Gramalotal Cantón Paján
This waterfall is 21 km away, from Cascol Parish, by road to the site the wonders (45 minutes), where 18 km is via ballast to the site Rest, then the road is summer (3 km) and you reach the Gramalotal Enclosure, then a 15-minute walk along a path along the river. One of the advantages of this waterfall is that it can be observed from above its fall of water that is 30 meters high where a natural pool of 15 meters in diameter by 8 meters deep is formed. This place is surrounded by a typical vegetation of the dry forest, with blue stone walls, in its flora and fauna we can find species of pijio, jolote, moyuyo, pepito, cabuya, mata palo, tillo, guayacán, poplar, gramalote , and in the fauna turtledove savanna, pedrote, iguanas, lizards, guacharacas, parrots, squirrels, among others.
Extraction and Process of Paco Mocora Straw Paján
The Paja Mocora (Astrocarium sp) is a unique and typical product of this canton is found in abundance especially in the sector of Campozano, artisanal processing is inheritance of their ancestors who were excellent weavers, they made petates, hammocks, mats, among others Nowadays, the elaboration of this type of handicrafts continues, but not with such continuity because this raw material is exported, they are about 6000 quintals annually arriving in Peru where it is used to elaborate handicrafts that have great commercial value. .
Lidias De Gallos Cantón Paján
This is a cultural tradition that has been followed from generation to generation and also occurs throughout the Canton, which consists of selecting, caring and training fine roosters, then bet and earn money. The fight of roosters are given every Sunday in different places such as: Campozano, Guale, Lascano and Cascol, also in the festivities of the canton or some other. From 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, where local, provincial, national and international fans participate.
Wood Crafts Cantón Paján
With just 1km away from the cantonal headland on the Colimes Paján road is the Zapotal enclosure where you can find a place where handicraft work is done on wood from the Mango and Mate trees. Crafts such as: Mounts (saddles), Angarillas (saddles for loading), Stirrups, shovels and Rakes. These crafts are marketed both locally and province, which are made by orders.
Central Park, Monument to Papagayo Cantón Paján
Parque Velasco Ibarra is the place where the PAPAGAYO sculpture is located, considered as the largest Papagayo in the world, whose dimensions are: 20 meters high by 12 wide. This species of bird existed centuries ago in the mountains of Paján, Jipijapa and part of the Province of Guayas, for this reason homage is paid to the fauna of this beautiful county and as a complement to the natural charms of San Juna Bautista de Paján.
Altar Of The Hope Narcisa Of Jesus-Cascol Canton Paján
Tourist viewpoint of Cascol Parish, built on the hill of the parish, with technically-distributed staircases and breaks, non-slip ceramics and flower boxes. At the top of the hill is the crypt to venerate the holy Narcisa of Jesus Martillo Morán.
What activities can be practiced in Paján?
You can go hiking, camping, hiking, fishing, flora and fauna observation, canoeing, canopy, among others
Typical Foods in Paján
Its cuisine is characterized by typical dishes such as yucca tortillas, empanadas, dried chicken and pork.
Empanadas de verde: Empanadas made with green banana stuffed with cheese and meat. It is served hot with ají criollo or ají de tomate de árbol.
Cassava Tortillas: These tortillas are made with a cooked cassava dough and stuffed with cheese and vegetables.
Dry chicken: It is a dish made with chicken or chicken simmered in a sauce of beer, onion, pepper, tomato, herbs and seasonings. It is served with rice, fried plantains or fried plantains, avocado and salad.