Located north of Ecuador in the province of Imbabura, 35 km from the city of Ibarra between the border provinces of Carchi and Imbabura, to 1560 meters. El Chota has an approximate population of 2000 inhabitants of black Afro-Ecuadorian. Its inhabitants cultivate a host of tropical products such as cassava, banana and sugar cane. Chota Valley became known for being home to many players of the national soccer team of Ecuador.
Chota valley is a hot climate and desert landscapes that contrast with the rest of the province.
In the XVII century African American community was brought by the Jesuits to work like slaves in the harvesting of sugar cane and mining the same as maintain some innate cultural traits.
In colonial times the Chota Valley was known as the "Coangos or Death" due to the dry climate of the region.
At present, the Chota offers its visitors the best of its traditions with its lively music and dances that stands between "the bomb" is a happy tune played on instruments made from orange leaves, and seeds donkey jaws.
The pump is a cultural manifestation of Valle del Chota. This dance comes from ancient times and is part of black culture has multiple meanings, as it calls the main instrument used for the implementation of its music, dance and songs written by popular poets black .. Each year in the festivities of the Virgen del Carmen you can watch people dance their pump in the main avenues of the city.
In Valle del Chota you can enjoy exquisite cuisine native to the area that values the pigeon pea. The Chota basin is located in the Chota River and has a rich vegetation that contrasts with the arid terrain of eroded hillsides.
Map Chota Valley, Ibarra Ecuador