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Gualaceo

Gualaceo is located in the central-eastern area of ​​the province of Azuay, in the sub-basin of the Santa Bárbara River, belonging to the Paute river basin.

The following map corresponds to Ecuador located in South America, the division of the country into Provinces is observed, in the orange color is the Province of Azuay where Gualaceo is located.

The Santa Bárbara River Valley is located in the foothills of the central mountain range in the Santa Bárbara River Sub-basin. Its altitude is 2,330 m. with an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. It enjoys temperate and cold climates that are characterized by their average temperatures ranging from 6 degrees Celsius, in very cold periods and 25 degrees Celsius on sunny days. In the highlands where it surpasses 3,000 m.s.m. they have a cold climate, typical of the high areas of the mountain ranges where the ecosystems of the Cloud Forest and the Andean páramos settle. In terms of rainfall is between 800 and 1,100 mm per year in the rainy months that includes April, May, June and July, while the drought is August, September, October and November.

Flora of the Gualaceo Canton

There are a variety of epiphytes among them melastomatáceas, ericaceae, piperáceas, compound, lichens, ferns, meláceas, mirtáceas and lauráceas. Native Plants: There is also diversity of species such as duco, quinoa, pururug, pteridophytes, guavisay, gañal, sarar, broom, cabuya, capulí, luma, rose apple, myrtle, guava, alder, cedar and cascarilla. Gañal: It is one of the most characteristic shrubs of the Province of Azuay, it is very leafy and we find it very much in the area.

Fauna of the Gualaceo Canton

They inhabit many species of birds, reason why it has become a suitable place to realize bird sighting. It houses a wide variety of animal species, among which we can highlight the fox, the añas or zorrillo, rabbits, guinea pigs, the guagur or porcupine, deer, the woodpecker, tanagers, blackbirds and many amphibians indicators of an ecosystem cleansed.

Economic development of Canton Gualaceo

It is dedicated to the elaboration and commercialization of shoes, and to the sale of templates, appliques. The largest footwear factories in Gualaceo are Sherina, Litargmode and Fassioni. In total they give work to 300 people directly. The stores that sell shoes in this eastern canton are concentrated in the streets Gran Colombia, Dávila Chica and Luis Cordero.

Tourist places of the Gualaceo Canton

Aguarongo Protective Forest
Ikat Technique
Craft Activities
Historic Center Gualaceo
Maylas
San Juan
Fiesta of the Patrón Santiago
Rios Santa Bárbara and San Francisco
Community Museum of Gualaceo

Cultures and traditions

Carnival: 40 days before Lent.- the dances, the costumes, the music, the colorful allegorical cars and the beautiful girls with multicolored costumes.

Cantonization: June 25 .- is a civic expression that attracts locals and visitors, cultural, religious, artistic and sports events are held.

Religious Festival in honor of the patron Santiago: the whole month of July. - some religious and folkloric acts are performed, such as masses, dances, dramatic representations, etc.

Festival del Dulce and El Rosero: November 29

Declaration of Cultural Heritage: December 30 .- The Municipality develops several educational and cultural events that remember and enact the importance of the conservation of large houses and heritage assets.

Typical Gastronomy

Morocho drink: The morocho is cooked with water and spices such as cinnamon, anise, cloves and ishpingo, adding cornstarch and milk.

Tortillas: When the tortillas of Gualaceo are prepared, corn, wheat and corn can not be missing, these are accompanied by hot drinks such as dark chocolate, or cold like rosero.

Rosero: This drink is made with corn and fruits. The corn is subjected to a process of washing and finely ground and then cooked to take the consistency of a wash. It is complemented with spices.

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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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

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

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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.