Imbabura Ecuador Lagoons and Lakes
Imbabura Ecuador is located in the north side of Ecuador, the province is popularly known as the City of Lakes because it holds more water reserves than other provinces in the country.
Some of the most important lagoons and lakes are San Pablo, Yahuarcocha (blood lake), Cuicocha, Puruhanta, (Pimampiro), San Marcos, Piñán, Mojanda and Negra lagoon.
Imbabura has a population of 398244 inhabitants according to INEC in 2010. The province is also known for its population contrasts so the population is marked by various demographic factors.
Imbabura always have been the core of crafts and culture. It also has two climatic zones: the first warm and dry or steppe, known as Chota Hoya where the capital of Ecuador is also warm and subtropical Andes, known as Intag and Lita (border with the province of Esmeraldas).
Close to these amazing lakes we can visit the Otavalo Market, in a 1 day tour, and see how the clothes are made with a traditional techniques and color uses. The colorful ponchos, hammocks, tapestry or simply watch colorful dresses of the Otavalo women’s.
Here some of the best pictures of the lagoons and lakes of Imbabura:
Cuicocha (Kichwa: Kuykucha, “lake of guinea pigs” or Kuychikucha, “rainbow lake”) is a 3 km (2 mi) wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means “Lago del Cuy” or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. It was given this name due to the guinea pig shape of the largest Island in the middle of the laguna. These animals play a significant part in the everyday life of Ecuadorians, as they reproduce rapidly and need a minimum of food and care to survive. They make for a high protein meal especially for populations living in high altitude.
San Pablo Lake
San Marcos Lake