Solsticio Inti Raymi o Fiesta Del Sol

SOLSTICIO, INTI RAYMI O FIESTA DEL SOL

INTI RAYMI
INTI RAYMI

It is the largest festival of the four festivities (SOLSTICIO, INTI RAYMI O FIESTA DEL SOL) of the Ecuadorian Andean world, in which tribute is paid to the “Taita Inti” or Father Sun, for all the crops allowed during the year, offering various forms of thanks for the favors received.
It is celebrated every June 21 throughout the Andes, and each place has its form of celebration, especially in the province of Imbabura.

Inti Raymi is one of the 4 annual festivals of the Andean calendar:

  • Inti Raymi.- Feast of fecundity of mother earth, it is the festival of sun and light (June 21).
  • Kulla Raymi.- Cult of the fertility of mother earth, celebrated in autumn equinox (September 21).
  • Kapak Raymi.- Royal Festival dedicated to germination, celebrating the masculinity of the universe (December 21).
  • Pawkar Raymi.- Feast of the Pachamama, rebirth and flourishing of life (March 21)
    This festival has a very important meaning for the Andean world as well as religious celebrations for the Western world. It is considered the largest celebration of the Andes. Having an important place in the culture of indigenous peoples. This is because it is the time of the maturation of the fruits of the Pachamama “Mother Earth” for which there is a participation of all communities in the crops that are seen throughout the region.

    Being a traditional indigenous festival, each ethnic group and each community has a date and a time of celebration. While several communities begin on June 22 with ritual bathing in rivers, springs and sacred waterfalls, others await the arrival of the appropriate day and time to start their festivities.

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Cuyabeno A Real Paradise

Cuyabeno a Real Paradise

Cuyabeno A Real Paradise
Cuyabeno A Real Paradise

Cuyabeno Wildlife Center is located in the Province of Sucumbíos, in the northeast of the Amazonian Region of Ecuador. It is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet together with the Yasuní National Park.

This place with great biodiversity, home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife, both in flora and fauna. It is composed of 14 lagoons, rivers and a tropical forest with 603,000 hectares which makes it one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.
Cuyabeno has more than 550 different species of birds, 60 species of orchids; 350 species of fish; a great variety of reptiles such as anacondas, caimans and river turtles. An estimated 12,000 plant species within the reserve. And many species of mammals, including the incredible Tapir.
The Reserve is also home to rare species, such as the mythical pink river dolphin, the Hoatzin or eagle, with its wing opening of more than two meters.
The great Amazonian mammals are present: the lowland tapir, two species of deer, jaguars and pumas, manatees, the giant otter, the monkeys are represented by 10 species, while rodents and bats are represented by dozens of species.
The current number of bird species recorded is the subject of debate, some claiming 530 species, while others suggest that more than 580 species have been seen, but no one knows for sure that there is no official record.

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Weather
Tropical forest, with rainfall between 3,000 and 4,000 mm3 per year, and humidity between 85 and 95%. December Shamana March has a marked dry season; the rainy season goes from April to July, and from August to November the rain is moderate. The annual temperature oscillates around 25 ° C.
Shamanism
The healers Siona, Secoya and Cofán are respected and admired by other communities in the jungle for their immense wisdom. Thousands of years of history and knowledge are well guarded by these healers. They learned from their predecessors and will transmit it to new generations.

Shaman – Siona Community

Nationalities
The Canton Cuyabeno is the only one that encompasses the five indigenous communities.
• Shuar: It is found in the Charap and Teikiuae centers with a population of 200 people. For Shuar plants, animals and men have spirits that can be masculine or feminine.
• Kichuas: It is located near the mouth of the Cuyabeno River in the Aguarico. For the Kichuas there are three spaces: the Janan, is the spiritual; the Kay Pacha, the nature in which man lives; the Uku Pacha inside; the Jawa Pacha, the spirits are the stars and the Gods.
• Sionas: Located in several centers in the courses of the rivers: Tarapuy, Cuyabeno and Aguarico. For the Siona, Ñañe (God) created people at various times. Formerly the Shaman was considered a Yai (Tiger) who had the power to control nature through the ceremony of the Yaje.
• Cofán: It is located near banks of Cuyabeno. This commune occupies the banks of the Aguarico River. It was formed in the years 1979 and 1984
• Secoya: They are located on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, their language is Paicoca, they use traditional and practical medicine.

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10 Highest Mountains in Ecuador

Mountains in Ecuador
Mountains in Ecuador

Humboldt once said: “Ecuadorians are rare and unique beings: they sleep peacefully in the midst of crisp volcanoes, they live poor in the midst of incomparable riches and they rejoice with sad music” (Mountains)

1.- CHIMBORAZO

Altitude: 6268 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is an inactive volcano and is the highest mountain in Ecuador and the world if measured from the center of the Earth. It beat Everest with 8848 m.

Mountains in Ecuador

2.- COTOPAXI

Altitude: 5897 m
Location: Cotopaxi Province.
To the Southeast of Rucu Pichincha. Presented a little activity 2 years ago.

Mountains in Ecuador

3.- CAYAMBE

Altitude: 5790 m
Location: Pichincha Province.
To the Northeast of Rucu Pichincha. It is a volcano that erupted 230 years ago and several months ago it returned to present slight activity. It is said to be one of the most difficult volcanoes to climb.

Mountains in Ecuador4.- ANTISANA

Altitude: 5704 m
It is located between the provinces of Napo and Pichincha. It is located between the volcanoes of Cotopaxi, Chacana, Cayambe, Reventador and Sumaco. Its glacier lost at least 36% of its original mass in the last 50 years. The melting of its glacial hull and the páramos located around the volcano are one of the most important sources of drinking water for the city of Quito.

5.- ALTAR

Altitude: 5319 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. Extinct volcano also known as Kapak Urku. It is part of the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador6.- SANGAY

Altitude: 5300 m
Location: Province Morona Santiago. It is the most active volcano in Ecuador, erupting since 1934 and protected under the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador7 y 8.- ILLINIZAS NORTE Y SUR

Altitude: 5248 m and 5126 m.
Location: Cotopaxi Province. Volcanoes part of the Ecological Reserve Los Ilinizas. They are twin mountains but one is harder to climb than the other.

9.- TUNGURAHUA

Altitude: 5023 m It is located on the border of the provinces of Chimborazo and Tungurahua.
The last eruption of the volcano began in 1992 and remains in eruption until today, July 14th, 2006, August 16th, 2006, May 28, 2008, April 26th, 2010, August 20th, 2012, the 1th February 2014 and the most recent on February 27th, 2016.

10.- CARIHUAIRAZO

Altitude: 5018 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is a volcanic caldera, part of the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve.


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Jesus Procession of the Great Power Quito

Quito - Ecuador
Quito – Ecuador
JESUS PROCESSION OF THE GREAT POWER

The procession Jesus of the Great Power in Quito is a great act of faith and atonement for sins. Where the images of the cornets, the veronicas and the Roman soldiers will continue for many more years, because without them you can not talk about the procession of Holy Friday.

Who are and who represent the veronicas?

These penitents play an important role in the procession of Jesus of the Great Power of Good Friday in Quito, they represent the women of Jerusalem who wept as Jesus was finally taken to the place where he was crucified. Veronicas usually dress in black, as a sign of mourning. They always carry some canvases, representing the woman who wiped Jesus’ face.

Why are Romans in the procession?

These are the bad guys of the procession, because they are the ones who are behind Jesus, usually with whips. They represent the torturers of Jesus. The representation of the Roman soldier is key to the passion and death of Christ.

During the procession characteristic characters as they appear:

  • Cucuruchos: Cornets: They wear purple robes and wear hoods to cover their heads, walking barefoot and carrying batons.
  • Santos Varones: penitents are dressed in white garments that carry on their shoulders rests the chest where the body of Jesus Christ crucified.
  • María Magdalena: The penitent woman who accompanied the casket of Jesus Christ and mourns his death.

The procession ends at approximately three o’clock in the afternoon, when the death of the Lord and the descent is done at six o’clock. In many churches there is the ceremony of the Seven Words and the impressive ceremony of the descent in which the priest, from the pulpit, tells how the holy women and a group of Apostles was in charge of burying Christ.

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Holy Week in Quito – Arrastre de Caudas

Quito - Ecuador
Quito – Ecuador

Holy Week – Arrastre de Caudas

The Drag of Cauda was born in the sixteenth century, when in funeral ceremonies honors were given to the generals of the Roman army fallen in battle later this ritual was accepted by the Catholic Church and adapted to honor the death of Jesus. This ceremony has become a firm testimony of devotion and customs, this sacred ritual unique in the world is held in the Cathedral of Quito, on Holy Wednesday, at noon.

The religious penitents leave from the High Altar and cross the temple accompanied by two acolytes, students of the Major Seminary, who carry lit candles. The Archbishop walks carrying the Blessed Sacrament, a jewel of gold and precious stones that has embedded fragments of the True Cross, where Jesus Christ suffered his passion. After completing this tour, the oldest religious canons of the church kneel before the high altar for the Archbishop to shake a large black flag with a red cross on them to symbolically convey the virtues of Jesus Christ.

To end the liturgical act, the Archbishop hits the flagpole three times against the ground, symbol of the resurrection of Christ, to then bless all the faithful. All colors have their meaning: black is the mourning for the death of Jesus Christ, the red of the cross on the flag is the color of martyrdom, purple is the color of penance and the white of purity.

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Quilotoa Lagoon

Quilotoa 3914m
Quilotoa 3914m       Legend of the Quilotoa Lagoon
Quilotoa Lagoon is located 66 kilometers south of the city of Latacunga, in the parish of Zumbahua and is part of the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve.
Located at 3800 meters above sea level. The water of the lake has an emerald green color and varies according to the season. Therefore depend on season you can see variety of color that can be bluish green or almost yellow. In this way showing an imposing picture according to shade and light.
In the surroundings of the lagoon you can observe animal species such as. The wolf of páramo, fox, rabbits, the deer, among other species.

Have you heard this legend? 🤔

Legend has it that some time ago, in the circular caldera located in the center of the volcano, a god called Quilotoa appeared on the surface of the lake.

He was considered the king of the eruptions of all the volcanoes because he destroyed everything at his step. In addition there was a god who could be under the water of that lagoon and when the volcano erupted. Finally the gods fought for what destroyed everything that existed around him. So in your visit to this mystic lagoon you will know the origin of legend it.

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Quito Tourist Information

Quito - San Francisco
Quito – San Francisco

QUITO

The name official is San Francisco de Quito.  Is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level.

It is the second highest official capital city in the world.  It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha.

Therefore this city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the best so you can start your trip in Ecuador. So the most important thing is that you handle the information and recommendations so that your stay in this beautiful city is the best.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It’s a safe city?

As in any other country, it is important to be careful. Keep your belongings with you at all times. When getting on a bus or in busy areas, keep your bag in front of you. Do not leave your wallet or cell phone in your back pocket. Avoid walking alone in the parks or on the street at night where there is no lighting.

Is it necessary to tip?

Give the tips are necessary when the service was the best. So in the tours the tip is not included, if you liked the tour the tip is always well received, besides exist other services that if they charge tips, in the most are the restaurants 10% is charged for service on the bill. But you are always welcome to give an additional tip to the waiter.

Change your money

Most stores in Ecuador do not handle high denomination bills. Therefore it is advisable to have coins or bills of maximum $ 20 at hand, others of higher denomination can be exchanged at the Central Bank or in a tourist establishment can receive your money.

What to bring

Finally bring as little as possible. Most Importantly is sunscreen, a hat, walking shoes, a camera, insect repellent, an umbrella and always wear a sweater. The sun of Quito is strong. It is recommended to apply sunscreen every two hours or at least once a day.

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