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Aguarico is perhaps the farthest and most isolated canton of the country, forgotten for many years by central governments. This has been a limiting factor for its development; However, the Municipal Government of Aguarico has taken steps to ensure that the town is benefited with important development works.
The cantonal head is Tiputini, it is characterized by having the second town center of the canton and forming part of the Yasuní National Park, in this zone there are ethnic groups Kichuas and settler - mestizos. It has a warm climate and is surrounded by a majestic vegetation.

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Yasuni National Park

The Aguarico canton has part of its territory in the Yasuní National Park, which was created in 1979 under ministerial decree No.322 declared by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 1989, with a total area of ​​982,000 hectares. The provinces of Orellana and Pastaza share it. It is worth mentioning that approximately 50% of the area of ​​the park is immersed in the Canton in the parishes of Nuevo Rocafuerte, Tiputini and Cononaco. This park protects a large number of all mammal species in the Amazon basin, 173 species of mammals, which would correspond to 57% of all the fauna of mammals in the country (Natural Parks, 2002), including large predators such as the jaguar and the puma, is a sign that the fauna still maintains a balance in its environment harpies and crocodiles mainly, is also the giant otter, the pink dolphin, the tapir, tigrillos, peccaries and others.

Fauna Production Reserve Cuyabeno

Within the Aguarico canton is part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve, which has a total area of ​​almost 603,380 ha, of which approximately 24% are within the boundaries of the Canton. The entire reserve responds to a classification of tropical rain forest and its main objective is the conservation of the Amazonian ecosystem. In her it predominates an extremely diverse flora, in a hectare of this forest exist more than 228 species of plants. The existing fauna has a very high number of species but a small number of individuals, so it is considered that the reserve has a high biodiversity but low density.

Laguna de Garzacocha

It is located in the New Rocafuerte parish, within the Yasuní National Park, 10 minutes from the Waorani Kawimeno community. The entry is made from Nuevo Rocafuerte taking another boat on the Yasuní River. The shape of the lagoon is elongated and has a diameter of 600 meters wide, forming a lacustrine system that houses hundreds of animal and plant species, such as alligators, piranhas, manatees, charapas, etc.

Jatuncocha Lagoon

The lagoon is located within the Yasuní National Park, its entrance is upstream by the Yasuní River, from the town of Nuevo Rocafuerte it is an hour by motorized canoe, then a river that originates the lagoon and in a few minutes you get to the attraction. The shape of the lagoon is irregular, has a length of 6000 meters in its surroundings you can see the Flooded forest of Moretales, forest of the mainland, species of trees such as the river mangrove, moretales, guarumos among the most representative.
In the forest of the mainland there is a path that shows the biodiversity in the flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest.

Laguna de Zancudococha

The lagoon is located within the buffer zone of the Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve, within the Kichwa Zancudo Cocha community. The lagoon has an almost round shape with a diameter of 3000 meters, to access the Aguarico river from the mouth with the river Napo Aguasa up to reach the military camp where you take a small path of an hour and a half to reach this attractive In the center of the launa there are two small round islands with floating vegetation. The vegetation that surrounds the lagoon corresponds to the Flooded forest of Moretales and the forest of the mainland, there is a path that invites you to enjoy the biodiversity in flora and fauna, several species of birds, monkeys, sajins, armadillos, medicinal plants, timber plants, insect species, amphibians, reptiles such as the alligator and others that are found in the vegetation and can be seen in this place.

Aguarico Typical Food

The originality and uniqueness of the Kichwa cuisine, allows you to enjoy exquisite dishes made with ingredients and products from the area collecting from the farms and with the activity they carry out hunting and fishing. Considering this activity as an art. The yucca, ripe, green, banana, cocoa, coffee, all these protein sources are obtained from the farm and others like the peels of morete, from Ungurahua are brought from the jungle. Hunting and fishing are very important in daily life because people are used to eating bush meat and fish every day because they are very rich in fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Hunting is efficient in winter and fishing in summer due to the change of seasons.
Among the typical dishes we have: mazamorra, maitos, uchumanga dishes, callambas, mayón pinchos, monte pork.

Aguarico Ethnic groups

In the Aguarico canton the most representative ethnic groups are the Kichwas or Napo Runes that are located on the banks of the Napo and the Waorani ethnic group located within the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest

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When visiting the Aguarico Canton do not forget to bring fresh clothes, comfortable shoes, sun block, swimwear, insect repellent, poncho and a camera.

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.