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General Antonio Elizalde

Cantón General Antonio Elizalde. It is a canton of the Province of Guayas, Ecuador, also known as Bucay. Its cantonal head is the city of General Antonio Elizalde.

Bucay is considered a great "paradise" of enormous natural resources. It is located on a branch of the Western Cordillera at the foot of the Chimbo River at 320 m.s. and it is the meeting point of the Provinces of Guayas, Los Ríos, Bolívar, Chimborazo and Cañar.
Its official name is General Antonio Elizalde, better known as Bucay (original name) has an area of ​​154 square kilometers. Its average temperature is 24 ° C Bucay is the perfect setting for rivers, hillsides, mountains, nature of living expression, tropical birds, hummingbirds, waterfalls, rich gastronomy, cattle and cacao farms, ecotourism and unforgettable adventures.
From the city of Guayaquil to Bucay, the main road (on the road: Guayaquil Durán El 26 El Triunfo Bucay) is well signposted. The trip keeps many emotions and even more when we approach Bucay, around we can admire the great branches of the Andes penetrating the Ecuadorian coast, green slopes, rivers, fruit vendors on the roadside, huge trees and dozens of cattle ranches . In this way;

We arrived at the town of Cumandá, the Province of Chimborazo, a small bridge and the Chimbo River separate Bucay from this fascinating "meeting point" between the Provinces of Guayas and Chimborazo. In Cumandá the stop is obligatory, next to the bridge on the right side (before arriving or crossing to Bucay) there is a small and traditional restaurant specialized in "Fritada", here you can taste this delicious typical dish of the Ecuadorian gastronomy (meat from pork fried in its own fat accompanied by fried plantain and mote) at very comfortable prices.

Four generations of the same family have kept this modest restaurant where you can also enjoy the great Andean panorama next to the Chimbo River; which opens its way to the encounter with the great territory of Bucay.

Relief of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

One of the cantons with more natural resources that has the Province of Guayas, is located on a branch of the Western Cordillera at the foot of the Chimbo River, being in the middle of the provinces of Los Ríos, Bolívar, Chimborazo and Cañar.

Climate of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

Its average temperature of 24 ° C and average annual rainfall of 2000 mm.

Flora of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

There is a great variety of species the most outstanding are: guayacán, matapalos, laurel, candelas, balsa, copal flowers, giant ferns, lemon grass, orchids, bromeliads, among others.

Fauna del Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

The fauna is composed of several species of tigrillos, squirrels, monkeys, skunks, agoutis, deer, cuchuchos, anteaters, rabbits and others.

Birds: rock roosters, toucans, parrots, parakeets, nightingales, goldfinches, hummingbirds, owls, owls, caciques, woodpeckers, turkeys, tiles, pigeons and more.

Economic development of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

In the canton, agricultural activities continue to prevail as the main source of income for the inhabitants; However, in the mid-1990s, when the Pronaca company arrived in the canton, there was an important economic boom and a migratory movement from the rural sector to the city due to the demand for labor. Other activities that were previously relegated, such as tourism, are becoming more important in recent years.

Tourist attractions of the Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

Tourist lookout point.- In the Bellavista II lot viewpoint there is a 6 meter high image of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of the canton and symbol of the great local religious fervor. It was built thanks to the economic contribution of the Association of Bucay residents in the United States.

Agua Clara Spa.- It is a waterfall located on the road to Santa Rosa, within the cantonal capital. The crystalline waters of the Chimbo River and the mountainous formations in the background complement the beautiful landscape of the place.

Malecón del río Chimbo.- Located on av. Raúl Banderas, has games for children, green areas, swimming pools and a large parking lot. It is a large river, perfect for practicing sports such as rafting, kayaking and tubbing.

Bosque Húmedo de La Esperanza.- It maintains a secondary subtropical forest with an important variety of flora and fauna for observation. Elevations of up to 1,200 meters above sea level give rise to the formation of waterfalls ideal for canyoning and other adventure sports such as trekking and mountain biking. The community tourism associations Cabellera de la Virgen, September 5 and Esplendor offer, in addition, horseback riding in the sector.

Ecocampamento and Cabañas de Villamarín For an intimate contact with nature, we recommend staying in the comfortable and rustic cabins located within the Humid Forest of La Esperanza; the site has access to waterfalls. It also offers agro-tourism activities and food and beverage service.

Hostería Casa de Piedra.- It is an attractive and comfortable inn with rustic architecture, an ideal place to enjoy the surroundings in harmony with nature. Fishing, canopy and other extreme sports activities are offered here.

Mundo San Rafael.- The tourist center of the San Rafael hacienda offers both family recreation options and adventure activities, among which we can mention: horseback riding, mountain biking, paintball, sport climbing and canopy.

Cultures and traditions of Cantón Genara Antonio Elizalde

For the celebration of the cantonization on November 9, a series of events such as the Lolita Fair where the montubia culture is rescued.
In July, in honor of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a ride takes place that attracts the landowners of the area.
Fights of roosters, in the festivities of October 12 and August 25, it is customary by tradition to attend the collosion of roosters to witness the fights, which entail interesting bets among the attendees.
Rodeo montubio, in the same way in the festivities of October and August the well-known montubios rodeos are realized with the participation of all the haciendas of the zone.

Typical Gastronomy

For being a meeting point between the mountains and the coast has generated a fusion between what stand out:

Fritada.- Fried pork that is served with small fried empanadas, toasted corn and cooked corn. It is accompanied with slices of tomato and avocado.
Dry chicken .- is a stew type cooked in yeast ferment and beer. It is accompanied with "colorado" rice and fried plantain.

Guatita.- Prepared beef belly with potatoes and peanuts. It is served with rice, fried ripe banana and avocado.

Chicha slide - a drink made from rice powder, spices and ice. It is not exactly a fermented drink like the real chicha, however, its name is linked to very popular drinks such as chicha de jora, made with corn or rice and the slide, very common Central America, made with rice.

Sausage broth
Roasted tilapia
Cocktails with liqueurs from the area
Tropical fruits of the sector.

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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 , Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolívar, 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

Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga Ecuador

The Cotopaxi volcano is a tourist place of Ecuador, one of the heights that you can not miss visiting, a representative volcano of the Sierra Region.

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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.