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Ambato, also known as San Juan Bautista de Ambato, is an Ecuadorian city; cantonal head of Canton Ambato and capital of the Province of Tungurahua, is called "City of Flowers and Fruits", or also "Cradle of the Three Juanes".
The city is the nucleus of the metropolitan area of Ambato, which is also constituted by cities and nearby rural parishes.

The city was destroyed several times by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The last of these earthquakes occurred on August 5, 1949, an earthquake with epicenter in the city of Pelileo, in the sector known as Chacauco; affected Ambato almost entirely, but thanks to the tenacity of its inhabitants, managed to get up again in less than two years.

It is one of the most important administrative, economic, financial and commercial centers of Ecuador. The main activities of the city are commerce, industry and agriculture.

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Cathedral of Ambato

The original chapel was built in 1698 when, after the earthquake, the city settled in that place, it was a large thatch covered with straw and that little by little was growing with the contributions of priostes and festivals, until it was replaced by another church At the same place.

It was a large building with three naves, with daring arches and aurora dome. As a result of a terrible earthquake in 1797 the church was completely destroyed. Immediately, the construction of a new church began, the same one that was structured with stone and with a beautiful design, receiving the name of Matriz church, which was destroyed on August 5, 1949 by a strong earthquake. In 1954 the majestic building that today constitutes the Cathedral of Ambato with a totally modern cut was inaugurated.

House of Montalvo

It is the most representative institution of the city located in the northern corner of the main square and built on a plot that belonged to Mrs. María López Naranjo, which was sold to Don Marcos Montalvo Oviedo, a progressive merchant married to Doña Josefa Fiallos, parents of Don Juan Montalvo.

The house that was built is the existing one at the corner of Bolívar and Montalvo streets, where the library of National Authors worked from 1927 to 1984 and from 1988 until today the Montalvino Museum works, in which valuable museum pieces are exhibited that they give faith of the life and work of the illustrious writer ambateño.

The Casa de Montalvo contains the Mausoleum of the most outstanding writer that the city has had, which was built in 1932 by the architect Jorge Mideros, who used the Greek monumental style for the Mausoleum. The body of Don Juan Montalvo rests inside and can be observed by the public. On April 13 of each year he is honored for the educational work of this Ildefonso Ambateño.

Quinta de Juan Montalvo

With an extension of one hectare and more than 200 years old, this villa was one of the most loved places by Don Juan Montalvo, where he was inspired to write some of his great works.
Inside this site is the house that belonged to this illustrious writer. In its interior three rooms have been adapted that exhibit the furniture of the time, as well as the important objects, between which a piano, the bed and pictures stand out.

Quinta of Juan León Mera

This building has a typical Spanish style, the construction dates from 1874, with an extension of five hectares was declared a National Historical Heritage.
It has as attractive not only the architectural structure, but also the wonderful botanical environment with 200 plant species between native and introduced and other endemics, unique in Latin America. Among the thick walls of adobe and bahareque are preserved the memories, manuscripts, paintings and photographs of the famous novelist Juan León Mera, who speak of his great love for art and country by bequeathing for posterity the symbol of Ecuadorian nationality, the National Anthem .

Botanical Garden La Liria

This area includes the properties that belonged to the families of Luis A Martínez (La Liria) and Juan León Mera (Atocha). It has an area of 14 hectares, in which 200 species of vascular plants and eight species of endemic flora of Tungurahua and the country.

These areas have a historical content, in addition to being the formation of a large ecosystem, thus becoming the lung of the city.

Juan Benigno Vela Park

This is another of the tourist attractions that Ambato has. Here you can perform different sports, also has several attractions for children, as well as you can admire the monument that was made in honor of Juan Benigno Vela, built in bronze on a stone pedestal.

The park is located on Quis Quis Avenue in Pacha and Molletambo streets in the Celiano Monge parish in the south of the city.

Park of the family

This is the largest park in the city and the one with the most visits during the year. It is built on the basis of ecological recreation.
Here you can see gardens, fruit orchards, ecological trails, among many other things. In addition, it has a picnic area, exclusive parking for 150 vehicles, playgrounds, a cycling area, ponds.

The park is located in the sector of Palama, on the Via Ambato -Quisapincha in the parish of Ambatillo.

Gastronomy in Ambato

Mote: One of the gastronomic wonders is the mottos of the Central and Modelo market, which are liked by locals and foreigners alike.

Pinllo Hens: Pinllo hens, which are visited especially by tourists from different cities of Ecuador, the area contains a story full of charms and customs.

"The sauce, the potatoes and the preparation of the Creole hen in a wood oven are the special flavor that give this dish very much desired by all."

Llapingacho ambateño: Without a doubt, many of the tourists who visit the province of Tungurahua, come to enjoy the traditional and special llapingachos, which are made from a dense mass of potatoes, cheese and a rehash of onions, which are essential in its preparation.

Also the few but tasty chorizos that are the attraction of this dish along with the salad and the avocado.

These are usually found in any restaurant or market in the city.

Flavors and colors: The juice of blackberry, strawberry, guava, coconut, banana, avocado, malt, naranjilla, guanábana, celery, among others are the most savored by ambateños and tourists.
According to expressions of those who usually go to the Modelo market to enjoy these shakes, they mention that one of the preferred mixtures are those that contain celery, avocado, malt, quail eggs and a coconut juice, which give phenomenal muscular strength.

The Feast of Flowers and Fruits

The Feast of Flowers and Fruits is named as one of the most beautiful celebrations around the country. This great celebration was born in response to the situation in which the city and its inhabitants were left after the earthquake of August 5, 1949.

The Festival was then a manifestation of the will of the Ambateños, who accepted the price proposed by nature to the beauty and fecundity granted to these lands, arose with fervor and enthusiasm in search of tangible answers to the damage suffered. The members of the Cantonal Agricultural Center were the main axis of the organization of the first party that took place on February 17, 1951.

The FFF is celebrated 40 days before Holy Week. The Fiesta consists of the Christmas Proclamation where hundreds of children from different schools participate in a colorful parade.
The Election of the Queen of Ambato, The Election of the Interparroquial Queen.
The Blessing of Bread and Fruits, the Parade of Fruit and Flowers
The Festival of Folklore, Gastronomic Festivals
Music Festivals, Concerts, and finally the nocturnal Ronda. It owes the name of the party to the great local fruit and bread production that coincides with the first months of the year.

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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

Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil Ecuador

The Malecon 2000 is a historical pillar and tourist icon of Guayaquil, one of the new magnets of the city that attracts thousands of tourists, especially on weekends.

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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.