Protected in a
small reserve of protective forest at an elevation of 1821 masl, with
an average temperature of about 12 ° C, this reserve has a slightly warmer
climate than much higher Quito, and therefore is ideal for picnics.
being free, the Peguche waterfall, Otavalo, Ecuador, is 18 meters high and 6 meters wide.
The small reserve is very close to the city of Otavalo and is loved by
Ecuadorians coming from all parts of the country as well as by foreign tourists
who visit the market in the Plaza de los Ponchos.
In the culture of the indigenous people of Otavalo, the waterfall is
a sacred place that inspires tales, myths and legends, rites and festivals.
In their culture, lakes, waterfalls and rivers are places loaded
with powers in which they perform ritual purification baths or make pacts
with the spirit of the place to strengthen and energize themselves for the
rituals of the Inti Raymi the Inca solstice festival, which is celebrated
throughout the former empire on June 24 but with different cultural
manifestations in different regions.
Entrance of the reserve.
Visitors walking the last part
towards the falls along the creek.
waterfall originates at the slopes of the Imbabura Volcano, in brooks that feed
into Lake San Pablo, 4 km south of Otavalo at 2,670 masl. From Lake San Pablo,
the Peguche River reaches the reserve. After
the falls, the river changes its name to "Jatun Yacu" which means "big water".
sacred waterfall is protected within the 40 hectares of protected forest "Forest
Protector Cascade de Peguche" and is known as one of the nicest eucalyptus
forests in northern Ecuador. The reserve is
managed by the "Community of Peguche".
the entrance is a small visitor center with a parking lot. From there one can
take an interpretation trails and several very good trails through the forest
leading to the waterfall as well as into the hills.
Above the main waterfall is a second waterfall of 6 meters high,
which can easily be reached by one of the trails.
are excellent and pass through the entire reserve. There are many groups of
friends and families enjoying nature.
The eucalyptus forest is one of the most mature
ones in the country and you can see trees up to almost one meter thick.
Cabins are available throughout the year.
It is great fun to ride your bycicle, especially if you start out
at Lake San Pablo. All bike paths / trails can be used by cyclists of any level of
During the "summer" solstice (December 22) the inhabitants of the
nearby communities take ritual bath in the water of the waterfall. This ceremony
prepares them spiritually for the new annual cycle that begins both in their
fields and In
their own lives. This ritual initiates a series of celebrations that last for a
few days and that are the reflection of the enormous respect that these people
have for nature.
During the Inti Raymi in Peguche, indigenous musicians perform
two types of traditional music: transverse bamboo flutes and dance music on
string instruments. In general, most of the wind instruments are indigenous to the Andean region.
A wide variety of flutes and simple trumpets are of pre-Columbian
origin, while most string instruments, including violins, guitars and harps,
orignate from Spain and others other European countries.
Getting to the Peguche Waterfall, Otavalo,
Peguche Waterfall, Otavalo, Ecuador is located in the community of Faccha Llacta, 1.5 km from the
community of Peguche and 3.3 km from Otavalo. You walk to the 3 km from the Plaza de los ponchos to the reserve or take a
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