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It is a subnational Ecuadorian territorial entity, capital of the Province of Manabí, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Portoviejo.

Portoviejo considered as "The city of the royal tamarinds", is geographically located at 01 degrees, 3 minutes, and 8 seconds of south latitude, and 80 degrees, 27 minutes, and 2 seconds of west longitude. It limits to the north, with the cantons Rocafuerte, Sucre, Junín and Bolívar; to the south, with the Canton Santa Ana; to the west with the Montecristi Canton and the Pacific Ocean and to the east with the Pichincha and Santa Ana cantons. Being Portoviejo, one of the oldest cities on the Ecuadorian coast contains a lot of history, culture and traditions, but at the same time it is distinguished by its activity commercial and tourist, is so it has natural, cultural, tourism resources that are part of a Cultural Tourism, Rural and Sun and Beach. It has a lot of history, tradition and great archaeological potential. At the beginning of this century, a large number of archaeological pieces and remains of ancient cities were discovered, on top of Cerro de Hojas.

Weather Cantón Portoviejo

The climate is very variable, although generally warm, during the summer the climate is mild. Not so in the winter when the weather is very hot. The average temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall varies between 500 and 1000 mm. The canton, like all of Ecuador, has two seasons: winter or rainy season, which includes a season from January to May approximately; and the summer or dry season that runs from June to December.

Flora Canton Portoviejo

It has exuberant vegetation such as: Epiphytes and climbers, guarumos, raft, red apple, mamey, guava, coconut and aguacatillo, among others.

Fauna Cantón Portoviejo

There is a variety of fauna such as: tigrillo, anteater, armadillo, howler monkey, guanta, cusumbo, squirrel, snake x, warty snake, chonta snake, smooth snake, snake kills horse, among others.

Economic development Canton Portoviejo

The main activity is agriculture, commerce and tourism. Cocoa, coffee, bananas, rice, cotton, fishery and mineral resources. Tourist has many attractions: beaches, monuments, tourist centers and shows, which are potential generators of tourism. Craft is also a popular manifestation of this land. In Picoazá, for example, hats and wooden furniture are still made; in Riochico the hammocks of thread are still being made and in the different homes there are still manual and culinary traditions, such as the making of embroidered tablecloths and the preparation of sweets and other recipes. The social events and way of dressing are different, according to the economic level of the families.

Important holidays Cantón Portoviejo

  • Portoviejo Foundation: March 12
  • Independence of Portoviejo: October 18. - is celebrated with the accomplishment of civic acts allusive to the date, the commemorative acts for the independence begin three days before the date, it is so that civic parades are made school and military, bands of town , verbenas where spaces and places of our ancestors are recreated; also from the second week of October fairs are held.
  • Festivities of the Virgen de la Merced: September 24
  • Festivities of San Pedro and San Pablo: June 24. - consists of a procession by boat with saints of San Pedro and San Pablo, as thanks to fishing and agriculture.

Typical food Cantón Portoviejo

Its cuisine is varied, its food is made from seafood, bananas, peanuts, others. It stands out as traditional food the dry and broth of Creole chicken, the viche of fish and seafood, buns, blood sausage, corviches, seafood tray and rice, breaded fish, the famous "Ceviche de Pinchagua" in Crucita, which is elaborated base of sardine, lemon, onion, pepper, salt and is accompanied with chifles or patacones, brown salt, curd, white serum, among other delicacies.

Fish Viche: This delicious fish soup is typical of the Province of Manabí, it is a soup with a lot of consistency and the contrast of flavors is exquisite, it takes fish, yucca, ripe bananas, corn, peanuts, onion, garlic, coriander and others condiments
Corviche: Prepared with banana stuffed with fish with a rehash of colored butter with onion, ground peanuts, cumin, pepper, salt and cilantro.

Bolones de verde: Made basically of roasted or fried banana crushed and stuffed with cheese or chicharron.

Tourism Canton Portoviejo

In Portoviejo, where you live with pure nature, we find the Mamey Ecological Park (very visited by athletes and children who play in its interiors) located next to the Portoviejo River. There is also the UTM park, formerly called Jardin Botánico, and later another of the busiest, such as El Parque Forestal. But one of the many parks that the Manabi capital has is Parque Central or also called Vicente Amador Flor, whose interiors are full of history, culture, politics, among others.

There is an enchanted place full of culture, history and is the Cerro Jaboncillo, where remains of handicrafts, debris or objects used by the ancestors as well as enjoying a view to the far from the city. In 2017 the park was remodeled The Rotunda and in 2018 the new Las Vegas park was inaugurated

Tourist Attractions Cantón Portoviejo

Portoviejo among its main attractions: Crucita Beach, El Encanto Lagoon in San Plácido, Reales Tamarindos Stadium, Catedral Metropolitana church

  • Independence Party of Portoviejo
  • Crucita
  • Enchanted Lagoon
  • Cerro de Hojas or Jaboncillo
  • Festivities of San Pedro and San Pablo
  • Mamey Ecological Park
  • La Loma
  • Reserve Area Botanical Garden
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of Portoviejo

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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

Galapagos National Park in Ecuador

The Galapagos National Park is one of the most important scientific and tourist jewels of Ecuador, for its amazing and unique ecosystem in the world.

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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.