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    Las Lagunas de Mojanda (outside of Tabacundo)

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    Right next to the town of Tabacundo (a few minutes away from Cayambe), you will find the Lagunas de Mojanda. Essentially, there are two lakes, and smaller and one bigger one, located at almost 4000m (in the "paramo"). The place will offer a great view, a relaxing afternoon, and if you´re lucky you might just spot a condor!

    To visit the lakes, you can either spend a night in Cayambe or Otavalo, or to go directly from Quito, take a bus towards Otavalo, and aks them to drop you off in Tabacundo. Once you get to Tabacundo, look for a camioneta that can give you a ride up (should not be to hard to find, either go to the "Y", or the main plaza). It should NOT be more than $30 (which is not too bad as you can fit plenty of people in the camioneta). If you get a ride up, it is possible to walk down, but make sure you have plenty of time. Ask the driver for the best route down before he leaves you.

    Address: Just outside of Tabacundo.

    The small lake The larger lake The sign in Tabacundo
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    Visit the church of the Virgin of Quinche

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    El Quinche is very well known by "La Virgen del Quinche" (El Quinche virgin) where there is a sanctuary to Nuestra Señora del Quinche in the main plaza. Also known for the processions held on 21 November honoring the virgin and asking for miracles. The small village is situated fairly close to Cayambe. The virgin's image was the work of a sculptor around 1600 in Oyacachi.

    On the outside of the church (on the left hand side if you stand right infront of it), there are dedication plates that people have put up thanking the Virgin for different miracles in thier life. Makes for quite interesting reading.

    There are plenty of buses that go from Cayambe to Quinche, however, I went there with car, so I won´t be able to give you details. HOWEVER, if you just ask around, there should not be a problem. Also, I went to Quinche on a Sunday, and it seems like that is a good day to go as there was a big market.

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    Watch them bless cars in Quinche!

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    El Quinche is very well known by "La Virgen del Quinche" (El Quinche virgin) where there is a sanctuary to Nuestra Se?ora del Quinche in the main plaza.

    This is also where people from all over come to have their new cars, trucks, bikes, etc, blessed by the monks. It?s truly a cultural experience for somebody who did now grow with catholicism!

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