It is a canton of the Province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of El Corazón.
Pangua known as the "Hidden Paradise of Cotopaxi". It is located south west of the province, in the western foothills of the Andean Cordillera, at an altitude ranging from 100 to 3,600 meters above sea level for its 8 altitudinal floors, with a temperature that goes from 10 ° C in its high area and from 20 to 25 ° C in its lower area. Its name comes from the Cayapa culture that is why Pangua = Panguapi which means "New Water", the pánguenses have built their identity and recognition of being a noble and brave, hospitable and hardworking people, creating bonds of brotherhood among the other cantons of the Province.
Most of the parishes of this canton have great production of products both in the mountains and the coast, there is the famous panela, where there are many stills (trapiches) with great production of brandy (the tasty "bananita"), wood , fruits and others. The canton has progressed enormously in recent years, which is why the Municipality makes known its development in the different areas, some of them tourism that is fundamental for the economy of the canton, so they invite you to know this wonderful natural and cultural.
Flora Canton Pangua
The existing flora is constituted especially of eucalyptus trees in association with pines. The remaining space is the practice of crops on a smaller scale because their soil is eroded by the use of agrochemicals.
Fauna Canton Pangua
Some mammal animals can also be observed as wolves, cervicabra, cougars, deer, wild horses, brave bulls, alpacas, rabbits, bears among others. The birds that live in the area are the impressive Andean condors, gigles, red-backed sparrowhawk, curiquingue, eagles, torcaza, Andean gull, páramo partridge, gallareta, spotted duck and chili.
Places to Visit in the Pangua Canton
Angamarca the Old Canton Pangua
It is located in the Pilancón mountain range at 2,341 meters above sea level, three hours from Ramón Campaña, and has monuments from the past where the original "Angamarca la Vieja" or Jatun Angamarca was, whose origins transpose towards when the Atacameños, Cayepas and Colorados raided from the coast. Huayna Cápac in conquering mission. Attacked: Chimbo, Guaranga, Angamarca, Pangua, Sigchos, Chizalo, leaving to the Pucaraes del Toacazo and Tanicuchi after raising walls in the western zone, where they cruelly acted "Panguas and Angamarcas" asphyxiating them according to the chronicler Coba Robalino with chili smoke, burying them semi alive and throwing them into the abyss while everything was reduced to ashes. To reach this three hours walk from the parish of Ramón Campaña, the ruins of Angamarca la Vieja commonly called Ciudad Perdida, in view that formerly was inhabited by the Incas. When arriving at this place, with difficulty you can find ruins of the old population of the pre-colonial era, such as streets, stone houses, walls or walls of stones and caves that were inhabited by the Incas; where, according to several versions of the inhabitants, they say that the excavated objects have been removed by foreigners, which is why objects of great importance to the community were considered lost.
Stone of the Cross Canton Pangua
Access roads.- It is located on the Moraspungo - Guapara Quevedo highway, starting from the Santa Rosa Baja campus at 350 meters. We can see a large stone with marks or drawings that have not been able to decipher the message to this day, this archaeological resource has a legacy for humanity and has been the subject of visits by tourists, archaeologists and people interested in discovering the mysteries that this stone keeps. Due to the location of several stones in the river and its warm climate you can also see a diversity of fish that beautify the place, and that this archaeological resource and natural environment has not been exploited in its entirety by tourism.
Churo Pucará Canton Pangua
Access roads.- It is located east of El Corazón, three hours from the El Empalme site, along the old horseshoe road that connects Ambato with El Corazón, and can also be reached through the Padre Huasi campus. Here we can observe the páramos of the sector of Romerillos at 3,800 meters above sea level and at an average temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, it is an Inca Ruin that our aborigines left of heritage and that to this day lasts, the name of Churo has by the way it is built in snail shape, path that goes until reaching the top of the mountain, inside we can see the viewpoint that has a reach to the coast as the city of Quevedo, Empalme, Echandia, as you can also see the Chimborazo volcano, mountain ranges, hills and valleys. The páramo is full of very scenic landscapes, and animals that live there like the wild cattle of páramo but also rabbits, wolves, deer, among others.
Eco Tourist Complex "Rancho Escondido" Pangua Canton
This ranch is owned by Mr. Víctor Falcón, whose main activity is the trout hatchery, where you can see an infinity of lagoons in which you can see the process of developing the trout in its different stages, which goes from the selection of the fingerlings until obtaining a fish of size of 80 cm. The objective of this farm is to promote tourism in the canton since it has cabins that have basic services, there is also a protective forest (about 630 hectares) where flora and fauna are found, characteristics of this type of high montane forest and as a secondary activity you can see the breeding of thoroughbred horses. For the visitors, sport fishing is offered as a complement to the breeding of trout, recreation and recreation for tourists.
Aguas Calientes Canton Pangua
Access roads.- It is located in the area that by virtue of this water takes its name Aguas Calientes, the only way to arrive by car from El Corazón is by going through the Palo Seco via Providencia a la Pinta and if you want to get there on foot, it's from the San Ramón campus at one hour. This natural laboratory, has a slope that is born on the banks of the river La Pinta, under some large stones; these hot waters are different from the rest of the natural springs, the place has characteristics of subtropical forest the same that is conducive to take advantage of in tourism. According to some visitors, this water has healing properties, it also has a different flavor to that which should be analyzed to know the chemical and physical properties, in order to explain the origins and benefits of this water to visitors.
The Seven Waterfalls of Sapanal Canton Pangua
It is located in the Deseo precinct next to Estero Sapanal of Parroquia Moraspungo. It can be reached from the Manna canton as well as La Piedadcita. The passing of hundreds of years gives rise to the formation of seven beautiful waterfalls that are formed by the course of the Sapanal stream by the topographic conformation of the area, which are found in the territory of our parish. It has an incredible and fascinating landscape in all its splendor. It is a great adventure and an encounter with nature, this journey makes us notice how lucky we are.