27 de February de 2015 - 6:50 pm Tiempo de lectura: 3 minutos | No. de palabras: 545 | 970 visitas
Fantastic Inter-Andean landscapes of and the most varied natural, cultural and historical resources of the province of Imbabura, can now be admired by all those who dare to live an unforgettable experience on the Route of Knowledge.
This February 20th, in the morning, the Center for Entrepreneurship Yachay, located in the canton Urcuquí, was the perfect setting for the presentation of this route by the Provincial Government of Imbabura and Public Enterprise Yachay.
It is Yachay City of Knowledge which this route receives its name from, being the sixth stop of this fascinating experience that invites domestic and foreign tourists to discover the charms of the province of the blue lakes, in the north of Ecuador.
“It is an honor for Yachay City that the first tourist route of Imbabura bears its name. The City of Knowledge retains impressive tourist attractions that we want to share with all visitors, “said José Canar, director of Industrial Development and Productive Restructuring at Yachay Public Company.
The objective of the route is to improve the positioning of the Imbabura province as a national and international tourist destination. Also, improving quality, promotion and marketing of tourism services offered in the province, as well as generating new jobs for the residents of the area.
“We are seeing families smile as a result of their efforts. Local authorities are only facilitators of processes for the community, “said Paul Jury, prefect of Imbabura.
Arturo Mier, coordinator of the route in this fascinating tour, presents business ventures that share the knowledge of the past, present and future, with the integration of cultures: Afro-Ecuadorian, indigenous and mestizo.
Route of Knowledge tourist sites
Stop 1: Sacred Path in Lake Cuicocha
Stop 2: Ethnobotanical Garden
Stop 3: Leather Route
Stop 4: Peribuela (Northeast of Imantag parish)
Stop 5: Timbuyacu
Stop 6: Yachay City of Knowledge
Stop 7: Chachimbiro Thermal Baths “Santa Agua”
Stop 8: Salinas
A project to strengthen the tourism community in Imbabura
Through the unity of the six cantons a new model of tourism development framed in revitalizing cultural identity, protection and sustainable management, and sustainability of natural resources as well as strengthening intercultural relations is brewing.
The direct beneficiaries are 320 communities in the towns of Cotacachi, Urcuquí and Ibarra, who are on the road, who enjoy great potential in terms of cultural and natural attractions.
The production chain of rural tourism in Imbabura consists of service enterprises: community and family housing; typical gastronomy; Guided visits to natural and rural areas; adventure tourism; agrotourism; archaeological, ethnographic and historical tourism; biking; horseback riding; mystical tourism (traditional medicine); Health tourism (thermal spas); ecotourism; and cultural activities in music, dance and craft development.
“In the Imbabura province seven chains of value were identified, one community tourism ventures that allow dynamic family and local economy, with the participation of public and private entities,” Sherman Ortega, representative of Belgian Technical Cooperation said in Ecuador.
The construction of the Strategy for Strengthening the Value Chain of Community Tourism was conducted in a participatory manner with the direct stakeholders of the project, i.e. peasant families involved in rural tourism activities with the cantonal technical staff of the municipalities.
The Route of Knowledge is executed by the Prefecture of Imbabura and funded by the Rural North Development Program (PDRN), agreement between the GPI and CTB, for a total amount of USD 195,166.00, and the tour operator with Runa Tupari 4%. (SA-VE / YACHAY-EP)