Ibarra – Paragliding tourist activity – Laguna Yahuarcocha
Ibarra, officially called San Miguel de Ibarra, is an Ecuadorian city; head of the Ibarra county and capital of the province of Imbabura, as well as the largest and most populous city of the same. It is located to the north of the inter-Andean region of Ecuador, in the basin of the Chota river, crossed to the east by the Tahuando river, to the southeast of the Yahuarcocha lagoon, at an altitude of 2215 m. n. m. and with a temperate dry-Mediterranean climate of 17 ° C on average.
It is known as “The White City” for its white façades with which the reconstructed city was blessed in 1872 after the devastating earthquake of 1868. Also called “City that always comes back” for its picturesque countryside, summer weather and kindness of their peoples.
The main activities of the city are agribusiness and food processing such as barley, beet, sugar cane, potatoes, legumes, citrus, vineyards and olives.
Laguna de Yahuarcocha.
In the Kichwa language it means “lake of blood” and it owes its name to the fact that on its shores the last battle of resistance of the caranquis against the invading Inca troops took place. It is said that after winning the battle, the Incas put all the survivors to the knife and threw their bodies into the lake, dying this one with blood. Today, Yahuarcocha has a modern track around it and is home to numerous car races throughout the year. The beautiful natural landscape is used daily by thousands of ibarreños who go out to practice various sports in this place as paragliding flights a tourist activity.
The take-off area is a soft turf platform, the takeoff always depends on the direction and force of the wind is performed in Aloburo, located at 500 meters altitude, as in Yuracrusito at 700 meters altitude.
There is room for several wings (3 minimum); There are 2 suitable platforms for landing in the sector of the town of Yahuarcocha in the excomplejo Mundo Fantástico, depending on the company that operates. Before getting the flight equipment, the adventurers receive instructions on the takeoff and landing.
The flights with tourists are the so-called tandem, in which an expert pilot accompanies the tourist. The duration of the flight can vary from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on weather conditions. It is advisable to wear warm clothes and shoes that protect the ankles.