Latacunga Tourism, Ecuador

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Latacunga is a plateau town of Ecuador, capital of the Cotopaxi Province, 89 km (55 mi) south of Quito, near the confluence of the Alaquez and Cutuchi rivers to form the Patate, the headstream of the Pastaza. At the time of census 2010 Latacunga had 98,355 inhabitants, largely mestizo and indigenous. Latacunga took its independence from Spain on November 11, 1820. Latacunga is an hour and half south from Quito on the Pan-American Highway. It was previously also on the old road from Quito to Guayaquil, and has a railway station between those cities. It is 9,055 ft (2,760 m). above sea level. Its climate is cold and windy, due to the neighboring snowclad heights, and the barren, pumice-covered tableland on which it stands. The active volcano Cotopaxi is only 25 km. away, and the town has suffered repeatedly from eruptions. Founded in 1534, it was four times destroyed by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798. The neighboring ruins of an older native town are said to date from the Incas Empire. Latacunga's most noted food is chugchucaras, empanadas, plantains, popcorn, and tostado (a type of toasted corn.) Often mixed with ají, a type of condiment that can be mild to very spicy depending on how it's prepared. The Latacunga economy is dependent on agriculture, and floriculture. It has an international airport, the Cotopaxi International Airport, that is not used for international passenger use, but as an Air Force base and some special commercial flights. The local volcanic activity has led to the accumulation of pumice deposits which are currently mined, as well as the presence of natural sparkling water, which is bottled under the brand name San Felipe. The airplane scene in the film Maria Full of Grace was filmed out of the Latacunga airport using local extras. The landscape seen from the plane is the area surrounding Latacunga.

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Planning a vacation to Latacunga in Ecuador? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. Latacunga is located at a short trip away from Riobamba a major city in Ecuador. Riobamba is bestowed with interesting set of attractions for every type of traveller. Also, to reach Latacunga, you'll have to take a flight to Riobamba; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A holiday in Latacunga can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Latacunga*

  • Pollution Statistics in Latacunga

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    • Air Pollution 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Latacunga - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 99.77 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 48.28 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 22.73 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Latacunga

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Latacunga

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 60 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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