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Visit the Sangay National Park with over 300 lagoons!
On your way to Riobamba you can visit the Sangay National Park.
Three volcanos, more than 322 lagoons, wide vegetation, and various mysteries characterize this very singular National Park. Sangay National Park protects the delicate and rich ecosystem around Sangay snow-capped volcano that is said to be the most active in the country. It is home to a great variety of endemic species of plants and hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles thanks to the generous volcanic soil and the rich irrigation. For this reason, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. More than 300 endemic orchid species and around 400 bird species can be found here. The descendants of Cañari and Puruha tribes still live in the highlands of the park while towards the jungle there are territories belonging to the Shuar tribe.
This tour takes you to one of the most interesting corners of the park: the Lagoons of Ozogoche. They host one of the biggest mysteries of the protected area. Every year between September and October, hundreds of birds come to commit suicide plunging into Ozogoche's cold waters. There are many theories as to why the birds do this - but to date no scientific explanation. The locals believe that this mysterious phenomenon is a sacrificial ritual for "Pachamama", the goddess "Mother Earth". They consider it to be a good sign and traditionally hold the "Cuviví Festival" where they drink, eat and dance on the shores of the lagoons.