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"Pillaro City in Ecuador - South America" Píllaro by lando001

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The nature is one of the main attractiveness this town counts with its lagoons attract national and foreign tourists.

Pillaro has a great range of attractiveness; the lagoons that cross it are the main point of tourism of the town.

Pillaro is a city in Ecuador, located in the province of Tungurahua. It is the capital of the Píllaro Canton and stands about 19 km northeast of Ambato, the provincial capital.

The city is located on a high Andean plain, at an altitude of 2,800 meters above sea level and has an average temperature of around 13 degrees Celsius. It is an agricultural center, producing primarily cereals, potatoes, and fruit (mainly apples. It is also known as a center for wood-carving.

Llanganates and the incas treasure

Pillaro is considered a gateway to the Llanganates National Park. This is the site of the legend of the Treasure of the Llanganatis. The legends goes that Rumiñahui, on his way to Cajamarca to pay off the Spanish conquistadors, hid Incan gold in the park. The gold was supposed to go to Francisco Pizarro to pay the ransom for the kidnapped Incan king, Atahualpa. Rumiñahui, on learning that his king had been killed, sidetracked to the deserted paramo of the Llanganates and buried the gold. Anyone who goes looking for the gold will fall under the curse. Many in Pillaro encourage the story, insisting that the town is full of secrets and legends.

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