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Chilla is a canton in the province of El Oro in Ecuador, was initially located in what is now known as Pueblo Viejo, near the current town of Chilla.

According to historical data, they assure that the image of the Virgin of Chilla was found by some peasants of Pueblo Viejo, on a swamp or swampy area (area where the Municipal Government building is currently built).

The image of the Virgin was transferred to Pueblo Viejo, but inexplicably, it returned to the place of origin, a fact that happened on several occasions, so the villagers understood that the place of sighting was where they should stay and build the temple. Here is the origin of the name of Chilla comes from the Quichua language "Chaylla" which means there is referring to the Virgin.

Religious Festivities

Religious Celebration of the Blessed Virgin of Chilla

It has been characterized for hosting year after year more than 50 thousand pilgrims who every September 8 come in pilgrimage from different parts of Ecuador to this sanctuary, in which, the image of the Virgin is venerated as the patron saint of the province of El Oro. (Iñaguazo, William, Tourist Information 2010. Tourism Unit, Decentralized Autonomous Government of the Chilla canton).

These festivities in honor of the Virgin of Chilla start from the last days of August, welcoming the pilgrims who visit already from these dates, with the proclamation of parties. The day of celebration begins with the recitation of the holy rosary of the dawn, at dawn, the novena to the virgin for each neighborhood of the canton.

Festival of Interculturality

From June 2010, in order to increase domestic tourism and promote the different tourist attractions of the canton, the current administration of the canton undertook this celebration of the Election of the Queen of Interculturality, one of the festivities in which candidates participate of the 14 cantons, with their characteristics of their locality whom they represent with their clothing, race, music; among them Afro Ecuadorians, montubias, indigenous and more.

Tourist Attractions in the Chilla Canton

Marian Shrine Our Lady of the Nativity of Chilla.

The Marian Shrine, one of the greatest attractions of the canton, considered as a sacred temple, center of veneration to the Virgin of the Nativity of Chilla Patroness of the Province of El Oro, by thousands of Oregonians, Ecuadorians and foreigners. This temple is the result of a great effort, joint work based on mingas organized by Father Juan Lecuona, with the support of inhabitants of the Chillano people and other volunteers who came from the surrounding parishes. (Miranda, 10) In 1941, work began on the construction of the first wooden and adobe temple, located in the area that currently corresponds to the municipal establishment, in Simón Bolívar streets and March 26, it remained with its facilities until 1969.

Pueblo Viejo or Nueva Fátima

It is the place of settlement of the first Chillan settlers, the area of ​​Pueblo Viejo known today as Nueva Fátima sector, full of history on which this mound of land is based, or also called pyramidal hill, contains constructions similar to terraces, around you we observe abundant vegetation, it is an appropriate place to take walks, photographs, rest. The recommended season to visit this town is in summer time preferably at the beginning of July, to be part of the popular party as is the Festival of Interculturality, where tourists can recreate with cultural events such as music, folk groups, local gastronomy.

Pyramid of Pueblo Viejo

In the pyramid we observe terraces from the skirt until reaching the top, on the edges of the terraces you can see the stone structures. Whose natural attraction is in the process of deterioration because it has been affected by soil erosion, is surrounded by hills dedicated to agriculture and livestock, the surrounding vegetation are low and pajonales bushes; In the direction of La Pirámide there is a stone wall that leads to it and on its sides there is a small esplanade. Located in the Pueblo Viejo sector, former cantonal capital of Chilla. It is believed that it belongs to the Cañari - Puca culture of the Integration period (800 AD)

Balneario de Pejeyacu

A natural site, preferred by tourists for the carnival season, meetings on weekends, due to its warm climate because it is in the lower area of ​​the canton, where we will also enjoy natural attractions flora, fauna, the Pejeyacu River that it crosses this same sector. From the cantonal head we will move along the second order road that leads to Quera, preferably in a 4x4 vehicle, which will take us approximately two hours of travel. Although it does not have a basic infrastructure for tourism, it has characteristics that make it a unique and privileged attraction of the canton, for the production of its tropical fruits, easy access to the spa and the warmth of its local inhabitants.

Waterfall of Río Lecher

Lecher waterfall considered one of the natural attractions, located near the road that leads from Chilla to the parish of Guanazán, at a height of approximately 2,500 m. The name of the site is due to its crystalline waters, a place suitable for descents or climbs. Its approximate height is 100 meters. To get to the place indicated, we drive in a vehicle on the second-order road from Chilla to Guanazán, until we reach a certain place where we will observe the waterfall from the road, then we make a stop and climb a path, we walk twenty minutes from the road to the waterfall. On the way we will observe flora typical of the area such as the salapa plant (edible fruit, similar to the uvilla). When we arrived at the site we noticed that it is composed of two rocky layers where the cold water slides.

Gardens of the Pivir River

A natural pool formed on the Pivir River; located 5 minutes from the cantonal capital via Guanazán. It contains crystal clear cold water from the hills. This attraction is located within a complex of municipal property, around there are cabins, green areas, similar to a large natural garden, which contains endemic and planted flowers.

Cerro Ventanas

Natural site located at 2808 meters above sea level, from the cantonal head we advance riding along the second-order ballast road to the entrance of the Shiquil sector, where we continue along the bridle path towards Cerro Ventanas, finally we arrive at the hill to take a rest , we take the opportunity to take pictures and enjoy the landscape, if we advance half an hour later we will arrive at the hill Yayurco. When observing the construction of the hill, it is composed of giant rocks that resemble windows between the stones from which its name originates.

Cerro Yayurco

This natural attraction is located at 2800 meters. To get to this place, as described above we travel the same road to Ventanas, then we arrive at the hill to take a break, half an hour later Yayurco is located. This area is suitable for those who like Ecotourism or Adventure Tourism, where they can enjoy the nature offered by the site. When observing the place you will be fascinated, because it is full of charms, as diversity of flora, fauna. So we will also observe close to the site just 30 minutes, a space of petroglyphs carved into two giant rocks, according to research done to Sgt. Vicente Rivadeneira and archaeologist MagnerTunner, point out that these figures are expressions of our ancient settlers, through which they manifested their situations, states of mind, adoration, thanks to the Sun God, to the Moon god, among other beliefs that they kept at that time.

Cerro de Portete

This hill can be part of the route within a tourist route due to the physical characteristics that constitute it and therefore those that surround it, according to the visits made we can point as a favorable place to carry out activities such as photography, hiking, ascents, pleasant for who like ecotourism It is also important to note that when ascending to the top of the hill, if we have a clear day, we can see in the distance the corners of Machala, Passage.

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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

Whale Watching Ecuador

Throughout the Ecuadorian Coast you will find several places for Whale Watching or Observation in Ecuador.

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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.