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Its main attraction is the volcano of the same name, which is located 5,790 meters above sea level. His parties in the month of June make it a place full of folklore. In gastronomy stand out the famous biscuits and the cheese of leaf. It is located 82 kilometers northeast of Quito. It is an interesting destination for those who wish to taste delicious dishes, enjoy popular festivals or be seduced by beautiful landscapes. June 29 is the main day of the Cayambeña party. Large groups of dancers sing graceful and picturesque songs. Among the characters of the party are the devil-huma, the chinuca, the clown and the taquidor.

Among its main attractions, besides the Cayambe volcano, are: the monument to the Middle of the World, located in the community of San Luis de Guachalá, Cangahua parish, has a historical-scientific value, since the French geodesics arrived at this place in June of 1736, and the results of its investigations, were recorded in a great stone slab, that at the moment rests in the astronomical observatory of Quito. The San Marcos lagoon is part of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, and is the perfect place for excursions, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, and hiking and camping.

Flora of the Cayambe Canton

Among the characteristic flora of the páramos is: taruga cachu, chicory, chuquiragua, romerillo, lycopodium, achupalla and quinoa. They stand out iguilán, xerotillo, fern, cauchillo, chilca, bomarea, quishuar, chilco, moral, mortiño, horsetail, horsetail, yurac, shaman and valerian.

Wildlife of the Cayambe Canton

The fauna reserve that exists in this area is from the Cayambe-Coca Reserve, to which the Laguna de San Marcos belongs, are vultures, hawks, bandurrias, torrenteros ducks, owls and hummingbirds. In the place the existence of spectacled bears, deer, dwarfish deer, wolves of páramo, skunks, pumas, rabbits, bats and chucuris is reported.

Economic development of the Cayambe Canton

The Cayambe canton is an agricultural producer of flowers, onions, grains and potatoes. In addition, different dairy products and meats are produced. At the culinary level they are famous for the biscuits, made of wheat flour, which are served with hot chocolate and leaf cheese.

Popular Celebrations of Cayambe

Inti Raymi - June 21. - The Inti Raymi or solstice change is done throughout the Andean alley and throughout the indigenous world of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

The Octaves - June 30.

Las Oyanzas - September 21.

Main celebrations of Cayambe: June 29. - Beautiful couplets are made in the central park, they continue with the tradition "take the square", with dances going to the Sacred Temple of Puntiatzil, where the Ñustas del Sol is selected. The couplets are the fundamental ingredient of the popular celebration where lives the religious syncretism at every moment, some characters of the parties are: the diabluma, the chinuca, the aruchico, the clown, the taquidor.

Typical Foods of Cayambe

Sponge cake: They are made in wood ovens. It is said that the recipe was invented by religious orders who in search of a good bread came up with the key recipe of the sponge cake.

Uchujacu: It consists of a flour meal with several grains (beans, beans, peas), a grilled or fried guinea pig prey, a cooked egg, a potato and a mote.

Chicha: It is a ferment based on corn and aromatic herbs, this drink is in the chronicles of the time of the Spanish conquest, also as a drink part of the ritual.

Tourist Places of Cayambe

The canton Cayambe offers wonderful tourist places that will be the delight of its visitors.

Parish Olmedo in Cayambe

Olmedo for its beauty, for its welcome, for the proximity of the majestic Cayambe, for the lagoons of San Marcos and Puruhanta, for the clothing of its inhabitants for their traditions and cultures is a center of great tourist attraction.

Ascazubí Parish in Cayambe

It is small but thriving population that develops through the poultry and floriculture industry, enjoying a landscape that is part of the particular geography that surrounds it.

Cangahua Parish in Cayambe

It stands out for its millenary land in which Ecuadorian ancestors lived, becoming the most important site of our prehistory.

 Kayambi in Cayambe

The Kayambi are in the process of recovering their cultural values ​​related to indigenous spirituality and which refer to collective rights, ceremonies and rituals.

Ecological Reserve Cayambe - Coca (RECAY)

From the upper part of the Reserve, large hydrographic systems are born, such as the Napo-Marañón-Amazonas River, whose waters flow into the Atlantic Ocean and those of the Mira and Esmeraldas River whose waters flow into the Pacific Ocean.

Cayambe Volcano in Cayambe

The Cayambe is the only snow in the world that is crossed by the Equator.

San Marcos Lagoon in Cayambe

It is an extraordinary place located at 3400 meters above sea level that will soon have an interpretation and education center.

Sara Volcano - Urcu in Cayambe

It has steep slopes, deep cuts in its rocks and almost impenetrable valleys. The Sara - Urco Volcano has a height of 4,676 meters.

Mother Church in Cayambe

The church is located on the south side of the main park of Cayambe, it is in an eclectic style and preserves its original forms of colonial origin.

Monument to the Middle of the World in Cayambe

The monument has a historical value of great significance for the country and the canton, to this place the French geodesics arrived in June 1736.

Archaeological Museum of Cayambe

The Museum presents a mixture of archaeological pieces with other intangible cultural elements to which the result of the investigations carried out by the French anthropologist Dennis Farkas joins.

Cuchicama waterfall in Cayambe

It takes the name of the Cuchicama river, it is born in the skirts of the Cayambe volcano, it is used for the irrigation of the lands that are in its way.

Cariyacu River Waterfall in Cayambe

It is one of the best attractions of the Canton, has a preserved natural scenery and with an impressive beauty that manifests itself during the tour, in flora, fauna and landscape.

Hacienda Guachalá House in Cayambe

Guachalá is one of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador. With buildings dating from 1580. Each place on this farm keeps its secrets and its history.

Pucaráes de Pambamarca in Cayambe

This monumental complex of great magnitude is located at an altitude of 3782 (Quito Loma) and 4075 masl (Pambamarca). To arrive here is to return and tread a natural scenario that for centuries has remained unchanged until its discovery.

Puntiatzil Archaeological Complex in Cayambe

Puntiatzil, an architectural complex that keeps archaeological evidence and was used as an astronomical observatory of the indigenous people of the Cayambe area.

Municipal Museum of Cayambe

 It is a place that keeps archaeological pieces that belong to the Cara and Panzaleo cultures of the Integration Period.

Railroad Bridge Mills in Cayambe

The Union Between the years 1940-1960, it is proposed to install a mill in Cayambe using the force of water from the Guachala river for the mill and the plant, on the initiative of the businessman Colonel Carlos Guerrero, who after separating from the Ecuadorian Army after the war with Peru.

Mirador de Fátima in Cayambe

Viewpoint located in the parish of Ayora, founded in 1981, it is 3 km from the city of Cayambe.

Buga Forest in Cayambe

It enjoys beautiful landscapes and allows transit through the Camino del Cóndor passing through the communities of Paquiestancia and Cariacu, in the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve.

Traffic Tomb of Amaguaña Tola built as part of the infrastructure of the Intercultural Transit Center Amaguaña.

Pucara Of Quito Loma in Cayambe

The pucaráes in Ecuador are located at the top of hills and hills, and distributed throughout the Andean highlands.

Pambamarca Archaeological Complex in Cayambe

The Inca or Pucaráes military fortresses are generally located south of the deep ravines of the Guayllabamba and Pisque rivers, which must have been used as defensive cliffs and as impassable natural pits.

The Tingo in Cayambe

Spa of thermal and mineral waters, according to Data provided by older natives of the Community of San Luis de Guachalá to which it belongs legally.

Quitsato Archaeological Complex in Cayambe

The word Quitsato is from the Tsafiqui language, ethnic language of the Tsáchilas of the Ecuadorian coast, the word Quitsa means Half and To means World, therefore Quitsato means Half of the World.

Castillo de Guachalá in Cayambe

Formerly known as the Chalet. Its owner was Don Neptalí Bonifaz (president of Ecuador in 1 931), then it takes the name of Castillo de Guachalá, as it is known today.

La Casa Del Venado in Cayambe

New tourist attraction in the canton of Cayambe, where there are numerous deer of all sizes, you can also see other animals such as cattle, alpacas and native birds of the Canton.

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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

Jars of the Anzu Mera Pastaza River

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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.