San Miguel de Urcuquí
Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí. It is a canton of Ecuador, located in the Province of Imbabura. Its cantonal head is the city of Urcuquí.
Surrounded by majestic mountains that represent a historical legacy, San Miguel de Urcuqui was born as a blessing to nature. The healing power of the waters that emerge from the earth and the pleasant climate attract domestic and foreign tourists hypnotized with the charm of a friendly land, of hardworking people, with a desire to fight and achieve their progress. His employer is San Miguel Arcángel, whom his inhabitants thank for being the protector of the sky that covers with its power this place of incomparable beauty. Urcuquí inhabitants dance in colorful clothes to the rhythm of the town band and wearing masks in their faces in honor of the sun god in the month of June for the good harvests of corn in that year. In its small geography you can still find small villages that preserve their traditional and traditional architecture, reflecting a colonial flavor.
Its population in the 2010 census is 15,888 inhabitants. It has an area of 767 km2. Height above sea level 2384msnm. It houses the city of knowledge Yachay, the first planned city of Ecuador. The Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí is surrounded by an incomparable natural landscape and a cozy climate. From the bowels of Mother Earth spring waters with healing power so it is visited by national and foreign tourists who seek in them a therapy for their body and soul.
This corner is inhabited by friendly and hardworking people with a desire to fight. Although it has only 767 square kilometers, the Urcuquí canton, belonging to the province of Imbabura, is famous and recognized nationally and internationally for its great diversity and concentration of natural resources as well as the cordiality of its inhabitants, which distinguish it as a special attraction for national and foreign tourists, who, not coincidentally, already exceed one million visits per year.
Weather San Miguel de Urcuquí Canton
Its temperature ranges from 17º.C. average, from the subtropical temperate to the cold of the páramos.
Economic development Cantón San Miguel de Urcuquí
Its inhabitants have as main activity the Agriculture and Livestock, the products that are cultivated are from the cold to the subtropical climate, in this order we note: The potatoes, corn, geese, mellocos, morochillo, wheat, beans, barley, banana, beans, sugar cane, yucca, papaya, naranjilla, among others. As for livestock, there is the raising of cattle, pigs, horses and sheep. There are micro companies that produce Dairy products and all milk products that have a high nutritional value.
Typical Food San Miguel de Urcuquí Canton
The most representative typical dishes are: Fanesca, purple drink, shampoos, sweet of zambo, bread of house made in wood oven, tamales, cuy baked, broth of chicken of field, choclos with cheese, the young beans, the baked pork, omelettes with water of cedrón or sunfo, fritada.
Chicken Broth Creole: It is an appetizing dish of Creole chicken broth, it is prepared with chicken meat, rice, peas, carrots, salt, cumin, cilantro, onion, etc.
Cuy with potatoes: Cuy roasted in charcoal with cooked potatoes and onions.
Places that VIsitar Cantón San Miguel de Urcuquí
Balneario Timbuyacu Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
It is located 45 km from the city of Ibarra and 11 km from Urcuquí, in the parish of San Blas at an altitude of 2650 masl it has a temperate climate, humidity ranges between 700 to 1200 mm3 per year. The name Timbuyacu comes from two Quichua roots that are: timbuna which means boil and yacu which means water (boiling water), therefore this spa has a thermal category, ideal for health tourism, it is the only place in the whole parish where there is constant tourist activity, since there is infrastructure such as: 2 swimming pools, a small restaurant where typical food of the parish is sold, trails for the access of the Conrrayaro and Guagala waterfalls, recreational games, an ecuavoley court, and a cabin with 2 bunk beds, a kitchen, bathroom and shower which cost USD 5 per person for lodging in the cabin, if you have a tent 3 USD per night, while the cost of entry to the complex is only USD 1.50 per person. The temperature of the thermal water oscillates between 30 and 40ºC, the water is sulphurous due to its yellowish color, and its smell. It is recommended to treat rheumatic diseases.
Cascada Conrrayaro Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
It is located 1.8 km from the resort of Timbuyacu following a path through the Andean forest. This waterfall is a fall of approximately 25m in height of the Huarmiyacu River and is at a height of 2948msnm. It is an important place of distraction for tourists coming from the Timbuyacu spa, it is also one of the main waterfalls in the whole canton.
Salto of Guagala Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
This waterfall is formed in a canyoning of the Huarmiyacu River, near the waterfall of Conrrayaro, this waterfall has an approximate height of 5m.
Viewpoint Sugar Loaf Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
This viewpoint is located on the summit of the nearby mountains of Balneario Timbuyacu, at an altitude of 3200 masl, with an annual rainfall of 1000 mm3. This viewpoint can be accessed by following the path to the lands of the huasipugueros of the Rodeopamba sector, within the communal páramos called Pastoreo. It is important to point out this viewpoint because on clear days you can see the snowy mountains such as Antisana and Cotopaxi. In addition to important points of the province such as: San Pablo Lagoon, Otavalo, Cotacachi, Atuntaqui, Ibarra, Laguna de Yahuarcocha, Urcuquí part of the Chota Valley and part of the south of the province of Carchi. The current land use of this site is grazing area and is within the buffer zone of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.
Donoso Lagoon (Piñán Lagoon) San Miguel de Urcuquí Canton
It is located at the stop of the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve at a height above 3600 masl and approximately 60 km west of the San Blas parish, this area is shared with the Cotacachi canton. This lagoon is of glacial origin, it has an extension of 2.5 km long and 1 km wide, it is known for extreme sports, besides being very visited by expeditions of foreign tourists who make a circuit visiting the lagoons of the páramo of the Yanahurco and climbing the hill Yanahurco. In the vicinity of the lagoon is the town or hamlet of Piñán. Access to this lagoon requires a long trip following the road that connects San Blas, Iruguincho, Santa Cecilia, Hacienda El Hospital. The Paramos of La Ciénaga, passing through the Pantaví River, in a 3-hour trip by car because it is a ballast and cobbled road. If you do not have the possibility of moving by car, you can do it walking or on horseback, following the ancient neighborhood trails that are used until today by the residents of the Piñan and Chinchiví villages, who travel long distances from their homes to leave for the cities. of Ibarra and Urcuquí to be able to market their agricultural and dairy products. For this, an approximate 7 hours horse ride is required from the Iruguincho community.
Cerro Yanahurco Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
It is about 30 km from the Iruguincho community. It can be reached by following the path of horseshoes that continues towards the Chinchiví farmhouse or by the road to Piñán, it is the highest of the peaks that are in the San Blas parish with a height of 4538msnm in whose skirts are some Lagoons of glacial origin, this hill is climbed by foreign tourists. On this hill some legends are told giving a touch of mystery. Next to this hill is a hill of smaller size that is known as Cerro Chimborazo and in the seat of the hill the lagoon of the same name.
Laguna de Yanacocha Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
The name Yanacocha comes from the Quichua voices: yana = black and cocha = lagoon, the name is due to the darkness of the water. It measures approximately 300m long and is located on the northeast flank of the hill Yanahurco at a height above 3800msnm.
Lagoon of Patococha Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
This lagoon is of glacial origin approximately 300m in diameter is also in the vicinity of the hill Yanahurco about 3800msnm. Its name is due to the fact that in the months of June to September large numbers of ducks or gallaretas nest as they are known to these birds that inhabit most of the lagoons, in summer reduces the flow of water.
Loma del Churo of Pucará Canton San Miguel de Urcuquí
To speak of the hill of Churo, first it is necessary to emphasize that these are mountains in whose tops are carved 3 circular ditches that border all the contour of the same giving them a Caracol appearance, and that according to Lilyan Benitez and Alicia Garcés, in the book Ecuatorian Cultures of Yesterday and Today, Pag. 126 served as strengths and were built by the Incas. Thus we have that El Churo de Pucará is located west of the San Blas parish near the Timbuyacu Spa, it can be seen from any point of the parish. You can reach this tourist attraction by following the canine used by the inhabitants of the Cochapata community following the route Iruguincho-El Tablón- Cochapata.
The tolas in the Community of Iruguincho Cantón San Miguel de Urcuquí
They are mounds of earth that were built by pre-Inca cultures. These tolas were ceremonial religious. In this community there are three tolas of the many that can be found throughout the parish. These tolas were part of the archaeological investigations carried out by Mr. Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño, who carried out excavations on some tolas that were inside his farm, finding various pieces such as ceramics, ornaments, tools of the Urcuquí culture. Many of these pieces were donated to the Central Bank museum.
Hot springs of Chachimbiro Cantón San Miguel de Urcuquí
Located 6 kilometers south west of the parish of Tumbabiro and surrounded by the Cotacachi volcano and the hill Yanahurco, it has thermal waters of volcanic origin with temperatures that reach 45ºC to 55ºC with mineral powers, which favors the treatment of rheumatic diseases , arthritic and neuralgic. Being located in the middle of an abundant and varied vegetation allows you to take walks through the ecological trails and discover the flora and fauna of the sector. This place is conducive to therapeutic medicine. The spa and its surroundings are part of an Andean forest reserve located at 2,400 meters above sea level. with a temperature of 20ºC.