The Peguche waterfall is a place near to Otavalo, Ecuador in southamerica. I took this picture while I travel at Ecuador.
Is one of the main tourist attractions in the Otavalo area, (city that hosts one of the most important indigenous markets in the Andes) and its surroundings.
This beautiful 50 ft. (18 m) waterfall is considered as an Indigenous Ceremonial Site due to the purification baths held here a couple days prior the Inti Raymi celebration (Sun and harvest celebration, June 21st).
This waterfall originates at the foothills of Imbabura volcano, right at the northern tip of San Pablo Lake located 4 km south of Otavalo at 8,760 ft. (2,670 m). The course of its waters runs downstream by the river of the same name, Peguche, which change its name into Jatun Yacu (big water) right after it tumbles free down the waterfall.
These sacred waterfalls are located within the 40 acres of a protected forest “Bosque Protector Cascada de Peguche” and it is known as one of the most beautiful forests in northern Ecuador.
There are several legends relevant to this waterfall. The main one quotes about a golden bowl located in the interior of the waterfall which is escorted by two black dogs. Beside the bowl the devil is seated, holding on his hand a small plate filled with sand. The falling water washes daily the sand in the plate little by little until it empties the plate. At this point the Devil will take away the soul of whoever enters the waterfall at that moment.
Uploaded: Jan 9, 2017