Imbabura – Bolivian volcano land03 06 2016
Imbabura is a permanent tourist destination. This province contains a large diversity of landscapes and cultures. Andean landscapes dominated by Tita Imbabura and Mama Cotacachi and twenty lakes in whose environments cities and indigenous communities that still preserve their rites and traditions are based. Historically its inhabitants were Imbayas, Cayambis, then dominated by the Caras, the convergence of these, allow the birth of Caranqui who would resist the invasion Inca adeñante, years.
Las Cascadas de Peguche is one of the main tourist attractions in the Otavalo area, (city that hosts one of the most important indigenous markets in the Andes) and its surroundings. This waterfall originates at the foothills of Imbabura volcano, right at the northern tip of San Pablo Lake located 4 km south of Otavalo at 8,760 ft. (2,670 m). The course of its waters runs downstream by the river of the same name, Peguche, which change its name into Jatun Yacu (big water) right after it tumbles free down the waterfall.
Cuicocha volcano is a beautiful caldera in northern Ecuador 100 km north of Quito. The volcano has a 3 km wide lake filled caldera and sits at the feet of the sharp-peaked (extinct) Cotacachi stratovolcano. There are gas emissions from several locations in the caldera lake at present indicating the volcano is still active. Cuicocha caldera lake is 148 m deep and fed by both rain water and hydrothermal water. After an earthquake in 1987, its water level dropped rapidly over several weeks, at a rate that has been reaching 30 cm per year. Approximately 3000 cubic m of lake water per day are lost by percolation into fractures and fissures of the bedrock.
The province of Imbabura, capital of Andean music. The Andean music is the traditional and popular music of the Andes. To find local groups, you have to participate in the festival of San Juan, which is held on June 24 of each year in the Imbabura region. Through the centuries, this music was recorded in Ecuador’s cultural heritage. Accompanied by percussion (maracas) and Quechua songs, it illustrates the history of the Andes, paying homage to the sacred land, the Condor, the sun. Other traditional songs more melancholic honor her companions, the lost love, the memory of a being, and so on. Resonates in local festivals, carnivals of Otavalo, Ibarra or Peguche, and is often accompanied by folk dances.