These are the first five Magic town in Ecuador.


Zaruma The architecture is an emblematic seal of the real estate of Zaruma (El Oro), especially around its central square. Architecture that impresses

The Villa of the Golden Hill of San Antonio de Zaruma celebrated its 199 years of emancipation with the declaration of Magic Town of Ecuador, on November 26 of the previous year.

Zaruma is a special destination for its urban architecture, which is reflected in its more than 200 wooden and bareque houses (indigenous construction system that uses interwoven sticks or reeds and mud).

The urban center of this town, precisely around the central square, is the best place to see attractive and well-preserved homes built in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which can also be seen in steep streets, showing beautiful balconies and windows decorated with plants that evoke the past, in the visitor's imagination.

To this attraction are added its religious beauties, the most important being the renewed church of the Virgen del Carmen, architectural ensemble with Arabic, Gothic, neo-Gothic, Baroque and Rococo styles that feeds the local identity and spirituality. Tourists also point to their petroglyphs, natural viewpoints, hills, rivers, waterfalls, vegetation and, above all, to enjoy its exquisite and varied cuisine, which includes the traditional tigrillo (dish with cooked green).

Zaruma is also famous for producing one of the best coffees internationally, and also has gold mines.

Patate (Tungurahua) The Valley of Eternal Spring

Patate is known as the Valley of Eternal Spring due to its pleasant climate. It is located in the southwest of the province of Tungurahua, from where it has a great view of the Tunguragua volcano.

In the Jacobean Mayan language, Patate means "he who explodes with thunder." The canton has its altitudinal range that goes from 2000 meters above sea level in the valleys to 4000 meters above sea level.

The festivities in honor of the Lord of the Earthquake are held in February and those of cantonization, in September of each year. Both are considered as the most representative cultural acts of the canton, in addition to the Octaves of Corpus Christi, in the Sucre parish, developed as a symbol of identity and preservation of the Panzaleo Puruhá culture.

Attractions such as the Lord of the Earthquake Religious Museum and the Sucre Archaeological Museum, the Mundug waterfall, the Golondrinas and Mesa Mesa waterfalls, trails, the Llanganates National Park, restaurants, lodging, food, recreation and pleasant areas farms with a variety of activities are part of the extensive cantonal tourist offer.

Alausí (Chimborazo)

This Andean canton was the second to receive the denomination as Magic Town of Ecuador. The news was made official on November 13 during the ceremony to commemorate its 199 years of independence.

The Alausí canton seeks to attract tourists with the magic of its five heritage sites: railway, natural, cultural, architectural and archaeological; and in this way boost local economic activity.

Alausí means "House of great esteem and darling", it highlights its railway heritage with the train route through the Devil's Nose, the main attraction of the canton. The old station begins a journey between Alausí and Sibambe, the section crosses the legendary mountain known as Nariz del Diablo through a zigzag track that overcomes a 500-meter drop in just 12.5 kilometers of vertiginous climb or descent.

Beautiful waterfalls such as the Panama and Angas rivers are located in rural areas. So also the Ozogoche lagoons that make up more than 35 of different dimensions, in addition to mountains, hills, rocks and rivers. In these places there are activities of camping, hiking, horseback riding, hiking, photography and city tours around the city.

In addition, the destination is part of the route of the Qhapaq Ñan, known as the Inca Trail, a road network of the Tahuantinsuyo, which was a system of roads of great distances that linked the Coast and the Andes in the Inca era.

The cuisine consists of main ingredients such as potatoes, corn and cheese. They prepare delicious llapingachos, baking or wadding, with guinea pig, lamb, pork, beef and poultry, among others.

Cotacachi (Imbabura) Nature and cultural legacy

The landscapes, culture, traditions and crafts are part of the tourist attractions of the so-called "Land of the Jora".

An outstanding attraction is the Cuicocha lagoon, which rests in a volcanic caldera on the slopes of the Cotacachi volcano; its clear waters that change hue according to the sun and its two

San Gabriel (Carchi) The magical centennial town

The "City of the seven hills" evokes the colonial era for its well-preserved architecture, as ratified by its nearly 400 buildings, some of them more than 100 years old, which led in 1992 to be declared a national heritage of the Ecuador.

The regeneration of traditional buildings such as the Casa Quasmal, the Municipal House, the House of Seven Doors, the Municipal Theater, the House of Crafts, the Museum House, the González Suárez Park and the Casa de la Sociedad Obrera are the imprint of This centennial city, which is also enriched by the management of its inhabitants for beautifying the facades of their homes.

The Boulevard of the Cemetery, the Patrimonial Complex of Olmedo Street, the parent church, the Boulevard de la Colón, are part of the three rings that consolidate the heritage beauty of this city.

Los Arrayanes forest, located 11 km from San Gabriel, is a wild theater that, due to its length (16 ha), botanical quality and species, is the second in South America, after the one located in Bariloche, Argentina.

The El Salado lagoon, a lake mirror four kilometers from the cantonal capital, is one of the main tourist receivers; also the waterfall of Paluz, which three kilometers from the town center has a path, a bridge and barbecue area, and the Grotto of La Paz, destination located 18 km from the cantonal head and that receives hundreds of tourists every week Ecuadorians and Colombians.

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