A Visit to Guano in Ecuador
Located an approximately twenty minutes drive outside of Riobamba, the small village of Guano is situated in the Chimborazo Province. Nestled in the valley, Guano is surrounded by picturesque landscapes. It is a destination where ancient cultural traditions can be seen in action as it is known for producing the most beautiful carpets in the world. The town is small and can be explored by foot, and there are a few noteworthy attractions and activities that visitors can discover while in Guano.
Firstly, the town has a beautiful park with sprawling lawns and a very peaceful atmosphere. It is not the biggest city park visitors will see, but offers as much natural wonder and tranquility as its larger counterparts. On the edge of town there is a hill that is considered an attraction, as climbing the stairs to the summit of the hill offers visitors a spectacular panoramic view of the town and the mountains that surround Guano, as well as the nearby active volcano, El Altar, and the peaks of Chimborazo and Tungurahua.
The Guano museum also has much to offer. It showcases the culture of the city and its history through displays of textiles and pre-Columbian items of pottery. Its most popular exhibit is that of a mummy. In the walls of a church of historical value, a tomb was found that held the mummified remains of a monk. It was taken to the museum for display and preservation.
As mentioned before, the most exquisite handmade rugs are created in Guano, an art that has been passed down through the generations. The rugs are created from a hundred percent pure wool that is dyed and prepared for weaving by the rug makers themselves. Traditional looms are used to weave the carpets following traditional patterns, and each pattern is significant to the heritage and culture of Ecuador. The entire process of creating a rug can take up to three months to complete, and the meticulous work of the rug makers, make these rugs sought after products.
Guano also hosts a few annual festivals, such as the Fest of Virgen del Carmen, Party Cantonization and the Feast of the Immaculate Virgin. Visitors should also not leave without trying some of the traditional dishes that are prepared in Guano which included Cholas Guanenas, Dulce de Leche and Chorizo. Exploring Guano is a rewarding experience, as it is filled with history, culture and natural beauty.