Cañar Province

Cañar in Ecuador has the most important natural and archaeological wealth of the country, visit this magical province and live unforgettable experiences.

Tourist Places of Cañar

The capital of Cañar is Azogues

Cañar, part of the 10 provinces of the highlands of Ecuador, is located within the southern region of the country which is characterized by the formidable mountain barrier south of the inter-Andean alley and it was the main core of the Cañari Culture.

Limits of the Province of Cañar

  • North: Chimborazo Province
  • South: Azuay Province
  • East: Province of Morona Santiago and Azuay
  • West: Guayas Province

Cantons of the Province of Cañar

It is made up of 7 cantons: Azogues, Biblián, Cañar, Déleg, El Tambo, La Troncal, Suscal, Cañar.

Its climatic floors are established in the same way as in the rest of provinces of the highlands of Ecuador, that is, the climate of moorland in the high plateaus; humid and semi-humid mesothermic inside the province and tropical monsoon in the lower parts of the western foothills. Its average temperature is 12 ° C.

Canar tourism

Cañar Tourist Sites

  • Ruins of Ingapirca: It is a genuinely Inca construction. The archaeological complex is located in the Cañar Valley, it was previously known as the province of Hatun Cañar (Quichua: Hatun Kañar), which means "the big place of the Cañar”. It is considered an archaeological treasure.
  • Biblián: Where the well-known Shrine of the Grotto of the Virgen del Rocío is located, of surprising beauty. On top of the hill the Cathedral is an amazing building.
  • El Tambo: A town that has a church that has pieces of religious art. It is a mandatory stop when doing long trips.
  • Baños del Inca Archaeological Complex in Coyoctor: It is a sacred place or a place where rituals were dedicated to the different deities, it dates back to prehispanic the ages.
  • Sanctuary of the Virgen of Rocío: With a Gothic style, this is a place of devotion and visit of thousands of believers from different places of the country. It was restructured and built in magnificent work.
  • Cojitambo Archaeological Complex: The archaeological site of Cojitambo, located on the hill of the same name 11 km from Azogues, is conformed by an extensive complex of ruins.
  • Laguna Culebrillas: The landscape that surrounds the lagoon Culebrillas is formed by the flora and fauna of the Andean moorland.
  • Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Cloud: The Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Cloud, monumental stone construction that stands out in the highest part of the city.
  • Qhapac Ñan: better known as the Inca rail
  • Cerro Abuga: it was the center of adoration of the Canaris, its top dominates several kilometers.

Cañar Province customs and traditions

  •  Most Important Holidays: The Provincialization of Cañar, which re held every year, every November 3.
  • Inti Raymi (As of June 17); It is one of the traditions that has the legacy of the glorious past of the Cañari-Inca nation.
  • Taita Carnival: Starts 5 days before the last or penultimate week of February and also consists of the Pilgrimages of the Virgen del Rocío for 20th January to September 8th, as well as the pilgrimage of the Virgin of the Cloud on January 1st.
  • Activities of the Festivals: The Inti Raymi, is the feast of the sun and the June solstice harvest.
  • The Taita Carnival: it is an indigenous holiday that expresses and contains a deep mythical substrate, which recalls the struggle of their ancestors. A festival that maintains the tradition and culture of the Cañari people.

Typical food of Cañar

  • Potatoes with guinea pig: Typical dish of the town, its elaboration is carried out based on potatoes and guinea pig.
  • Cascaritas : flamed and golden pig leather accompanied by a llapingacho and mote guard.
  • Zambo Chili
  • Chease Chili
  • Meat Chili
  • Chicha de Jora: a traditional drink from the province of Cañar

Cañar products

  • Chili pepper
  • Mellocos
  • Zambo
  • Corn
  • Potato
  • Mellocos
  • Wheat
  • Barley

These products are used to prepare the typical dishes of Cañar.

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