Rana Canto is located on the outskirts of Cahuasqui village, it is the last house on the trail to the paramos. No noise except those of nature, the location offers great landscapes in a peaceful setting.

 

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For swimming, you can reach the Rio Palacara on foot in 30 minutes. Waterfalls and crystal clear water are there to let you forget that you will have to climb up the slope again, unless a bus passes by ...

 


There are many hiking possibilities, here are a few:

 


The tower bridges:
a two-to-three-hour loop from Rana canto during which you can observe the captivating flora of an intermediate level between the tropical valley and the highlands, an easy path.
 

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To the community Sachapamba: above Cahuasqui, you enter another level of vegetation with its spectacular flora.

 

By the side of the Viuda: a volcano which last eruption dates back to the 1940s ... The crater and its surroundings are covered by the famous "Bosque Nublado", a strange forest which provides a habitat  for many epiphytes and a few mountain lions. Above your head: the condor (sometimes).

 


Until the Pugaran’s paramos: after the last hamlets, only the mountains, the wind and some blueberries

 

              In the village, the association Cahuastours offers mountain bikes rentals ...

Discovering the province of Imbabura ...

 

A little further away but still achievable in a day, many outings await you:
On the other side of the volcano Viuda, hide the Baths of Chachimbiro. Their pools of (very) hot water are a relaxing place that has only been discovered recently: about 10 000 years!
Sauna, massage and hydrotherapy are available in separate medicinal pools.
Access: 15km by bus from Rana Canto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Ibarra, begins the famous autoferro who once went as far as San Lorenzo. The track is being renovated, but you can already take it to get to the Chota Valley and Lita, then back to Ibarra's station around 4 pm to visit the old town and maybe get a "straw icecream"


 


Otavalo and its famous Saturday market,  Peguche with its waterfall and San Pablo’s lake are also worth a visit (allow at least one day)

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