Just 20 minutes southeast of Quito, the very popular Corn Festival is scheduled from mid August through early September. Getting there is easy by car or you can take a bus from the Marin bus terminal on the Ecovia line.
Sangolquí is a valley town and has a beautiful spring-like climate all year and it’s a popular tourist destination because of its natural beauty. Welcoming visitors to the city during the festival is a beautifully sculpted garden in the town center.
This years’ festival expects thousands of foreign and national tourists alike to enjoy the traditional cowboy contests, horse racing along with culinary, musical and sporting events. The Sangolquí parade includes about 25 queens from the various parts of the country along with dance groups, classic cars, horse buggies, Shaman and town bands.
My first experience of this amazing parade was during my first year here in Ecuador when I was pulled into the parade and blessed by a Shaman in a very interesting ceremony and then sprinkled pelted with water through a mouth pipe—an amazing experience.
If you are here in Ecuador during this time I highly recommend that you make plans to go and experience a piece of amazing Ecuadorian culture.
Here is a link to a to this years’ schedule.