Tesalia Springs Company – Machachi – Ecuador

Tesalia is the first company to bottle water in Ecuador. With over 100 years of experience there are now various products on the market, but the best would have to be the mineral water, Guitig.

There are two pools in the complex open to the public. One is a unique “fizzy” water, a natural spring of this water fill the pool, it is naturally cold and when you get it the water fizzes around you.

The other pool has natural  thermal water from the Cotopaxi Volcano. Much nicer than the cold pool and a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Tesalia Springs Company – Machachi – Ecuador

Tesalia is the first company to bottle water in Ecuador. With over 100 years of experience there are now various products on the market, but the best would have to be the mineral water, Guitig.

There are two pools in the complex open to the public. One is a unique “fizzy” water, a natural spring of this water fill the pool, it is naturally cold and when you get it the water fizzes around you.

The other pool has natural  thermal water from the Cotopaxi Volcano. Much nicer than the cold pool and a great way to spend an afternoon.

It´s all about the horses

The Machachi fiestas usually go on most of the month of July. But the largest event is by far the Paseo del Chagra. Today there were around 2000 horses. An impresive sight, I have never seen so many horses all in one place.

It originated  from the 1877 eruptions of Cotopaxi volcano. In a miraculous way, the great Pasochoa and  Rumiñahui and saved the people of Tambillo and Machachi. They waited patiently for the summit of Cotopaxi cover over again with new snow, and when this happened, they chose to have a minga (when the people get together to help each other) to gather all  cattle, horses and other animals that were scattered with event. Now every year the owners of the haciendas and their families get together and celebrate.

The Machachi chagra attire: cowboy hat, poncho of sheep wool, goat over trousers, spurs, cross scarf around his neck, horsehair slab with his jug, brown sugar and tostado in the pocket, bottle of strong drink to provide their patrons and friends.

Granadero de Tarqui

Every Monday at 11 AM outside the Palacio del Carondelet, Quito the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard takes place. It is a formal event, with the Granaderos de Tarqui, and their beautiful horses parading around the Plaza Grande.  Here is one of the guards and his horse just before the beginning of the event.

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